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COVID-19 Resources

We know that this continues to be a challenging time for many people in our community. There is continued economic hardship and social isolation. Whether you are already a client of JF&CS or find yourself in need of help due to the current situation, please let us know. 

Below, you will find resources and contact information to assist you during the COVID-19 crisis. To reach the JF&CS main office, please call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email us at

Resources for Those Who Are Struggling Financially

  • The staff of the JF&CS Center for Basic Needs Assistance are ready to understand and respond to your situation, whether it is directly related to COVID-19 or not. We will connect you to all the services and resources that can help you.

    Food Assistance

  • If you are in need of food, please contact JF&CS Family Table at 781-693-5593. We have a variety of ways to assist people in obtaining food. Our pantry follows all public health guidance and social distancing.

    Emergency Financial Assistance

  • To speak to a case manager about your situation and inquire about emergency financial assistance to help with paying rent, mortgage, or utility bills, or to explore the option of a Hebrew Free Loan, please call our intake line at 781-693-1388.

    Public Benefits/SNAP Assistance

  • The Bet Tzedek Legal Services team at JF&CS is here to help those in need access public benefits such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).
    • Our SNAP/Public Benefits Advocates are available to help with applications and navigating this complex system. To reach our advocates, please email them at or call the JF&CS SNAP Help Line at 781-693-5000.
      • To see what monthly SNAP benefits you may be eligible for based on your household size, please see this flyer.
    • If you have questions about applying for unemployment or have applied for unemployment benefits and been denied, please contact our Bet Tzedek Legal Services Intake Line at 781-693-1333.

Resources for Domestic Abuse Survivors

  • JF&CS Journey to Safety is supporting domestic abuse survivors and the people who care about them via phone, email, text, and video chat. Please call 781-647-JFCS (5327) and ask for Journey to Safety or email
    • Journey to Safety can provide support, consultation, safety planning, domestic abuse counseling, legal referrals and protective order assistance, emergency financial assistance, and other referrals and resources in English and Russian.
  • For 24/7 after-hours support, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Please call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY. If you're unable to speak safely over the phone, you can chat on their website or you can text LOVEIS to 22522 to start messaging. 
  • Safelink, Massachusetts’ statewide toll-free domestic violence hotline, also offers 24/7 support. Please call 877-785-2020 or 877-521-2601 for TTY. 

Resources for Older Adults

  • If you are an older adult or know an older adult in need, please contact CJP SeniorDirect, our free information and resource service staffed by eldercare experts from JF&CS. Call 800-980-1982 or email
    •  Our team can help with concerns about health and safety, paying the bills, being separated from loved ones, staying engaged and connected, and many other issues facing older adults and their caregivers.
  •  Our Services for Older Adults staff has compiled Tips to Maintain Your Physical and Mental Health.
  • Older adults looking for conversation and intellectual stimulation should check out these Distance Learning programs. All you need to participate is a phone! 
  • Parkinson's Resources 

  •  Our Parkinson’s Dance Instructor, Art Sullivan, has created a series of Dance and Movement videos, which are great exercise for those with or without Parkinson’s disease.
  •  For a “live” Parkinson’s Dance class with Art Sullivan, join us via Zoom video conferencing on most Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – noon. To sign up, email or
  •  Our Tremble Clefs choral group for those living with Parkinson’s is meeting virtually via Zoom starting Monday August 23rd from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. To sign up and learn about the Fall schedule, email or  
  • Our Quarterly Education & Support group takes place over zoom once every 3 months on a Thursday from 10:30 a.m. -noon with a variety of expert speakers and topics. To be added to the list, email or

  •  Dementia Resources 

  • The JF&CS Memory Café, a welcoming place for people living with memory changes, is meeting monthly via Zoom video conferencing, complete with dynamic guest artists. Recordings of our memory cafés are added to the JF&CS YouTube channel.
  •  For a list of virtual memory cafés being offered around the country, please visit the National Memory Café Directory or the Massachusetts Memory Café Directory.
  •  The JF&CS Balancing Act Support Group for adults coping with a parent’s dementia is meeting twice per month via Zoom video conferencing.
  • Bereavement and Spirituality Resources

  • Barbara Sternfield, our Bereavement Specialist, is offering a virtual Bereavement Support GroupParent Loss Bereavement Group, and Partner Loss Bereavement Group. To preregister, please email or call 781-693-5684.

  • Our Director of Spirituality and Aging, Marjie Sokoll, has filmed Guided Meditation videos for people of all ages to enjoy at home. This playlist also includes yoga routines.


  • Crisis Hotlines

  •  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support. Please call 800-273-8255.

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress during disasters. Please call 800-985-5990.

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline provides 24/7 information services for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Please call 800-662-4357.

Resources for Parents with Young Children

Resources for People with Disabilities

  • For support or services for a family member with a disability, please contact our Disability Resource Network at or 781-693-5640.
  • Resources for Parents

  • We have compiled a guide to At-Home Activities for Children, which can be enjoyed by kids with or without disabilities.
  • Our Music Therapist is hosting free weekly music therapy sessions on Zoom. Come and enjoy an hour of dancing and music. These sessions are designed for kids with autism and/or neurological disabilities, and children of all abilities are welcome to participate. 
  • Stay Connected with Videos 

  • Our Music Therapist has made a series of Music Therapy videos, which are great for children with or without disabilities.

Mental Health Resources

  • JF&CS is committed to supporting the emotional and mental health of our clients during these difficult times. Whether you or someone you know needs short-term support during a life transition or challenging situation, or ongoing support to manage a chronic condition, we are here to help. Learn about all of the Mental Health Resources available through JF&CS.
  • Bereavement and Spirituality Resources

  • Barbara Sternfield, our Bereavement Specialist, is offering a virtual Bereavement Support Group, Parent Loss Bereavement Group, and Partner Loss Bereavement Group. To preregister, please email
  • Marjie Sokoll, our Director of Spirituality and Aging, is available for phone conversations with people who are experiencing feelings of grief and loss during this time. Please call 781-693-5619 and leave your name and phone number. When she calls you back, the number will appear on your phone as “No Caller ID”.
  • Crisis Hotlines 

  •  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support. Please call 800-273-8255.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress during disasters. Please call 800-985-5990.  
  •  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline provides 24/7 information services for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Please call 800-662-4357.

Virtual Programs

How You Can Help

  • Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can help JF&CS clients during the pandemic. From delivering groceries to making cards, there are many ways to get involved.  
  • Please consider making a gift. JF&CS is on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis, and we need to raise funds to keep our services available for the most vulnerable people in our community.

Vaccine Information

Massachusetts is coordinating the safe, equitable, and effective delivery of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Learn about the Commonwealth's approach and when you can expect to get vaccinated here

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