The amounts are relatively small. $88, $300, $173. A month’s wireless service so he can continue his job search. A replacement part to keep a used car safe and running for her restaurant delivery job. An old LG&E bill that has to be cleared before there is a utility hookup in their new apartment.
Those are just a few of the direct assistance requests we received this year. These, and so many others like them, illustrated time and again the oft-cited fact that 40 percent of Americans are not able to cover an unexpected $400 expense. And, if 2020 was nothing else, it was a year of the unexpected.
For the 40 percent who were already financially vulnerable — and for the countless more who have joined their ranks as a result of this year of crisis — we can expand their possibilities by removing relatively small stumbling blocks that encumber the path.
At JFCS, when we talk about expanding possibilities, we are talking about championing strengths, validating goals, acknowledging obstacles and walking with people on paths they have determined for themselves. The journeys taken to meet life’s challenges with confidence are as unique as each person and every family we serve.
Our core services intentionally cover a broad spectrum of areas. By assessing individuals and families holistically to identify their priorities and barriers to success, our professional staff is able to support clients in realizing goals and discovering new opportunities. Through career and financial coaching, mental health counseling, caregiver and older adult services, and microenterprise support, JFCS is here for anyone in the midst of life’s challenges.
Whether you are a volunteer, a donor, a client or a community partner, you have a role in the success and future of JFCS. Thank you for supporting our mission so we can continue expanding possibilities for years to come.
By Deb Frockt
Chief Executive Officer
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