We want to take an opportunity to reach out to you following Hurricane Irma.
Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service is back and open following the storm. Our clients’ needs were addressed before, during and after the storm in the fashion that you have come to expect from AJFCS. All of our vulnerable clients were carefully monitored and, thanks to our incredible professionals, were as ready as they could be for the storm. Clients who were in evacuation areas or who live in hurricane-deemed “unsafe” homes (trailer parks, homes with no shutters) had been helped to either register for special shelters or had been strongly encouraged to move to safer accommodations. Our professionals helped with these arrangements, if the client wished to do so. We are very grateful to our residential staff who stayed with our residents throughout the duration of the storm, at the expense of being away from their own families!
Additionally, regular annual preparations include encouraging employees to update their own (family) disaster plans at the beginning of the season and working with clients proactively to plan and maintain an adequate supply of emergency rations. We do this each and every year, so that when we do have to mobilize in preparation for hurricanes like Irma, it is a smooth process – however… still stressful!
For the most part, we were very lucky. Sadly, there are still many people affected right here in our own community. In light of the after effects of Hurricane Irma, AJFCS, in collaboration with our community’s Jewish Volunteer Center and the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy, is helping to collect critical supplies for people in need, throughout the region.
The following items are still most needed: water, diapers (all sizes), diaper rash cream, baby wipes, baby formula, Ensure (dietary supplement) for children and adults, socks, shoes/sneakers, underwear(all sizes), toothbrushes, toothpaste, antibacterial wipes, cereal bars, individually wrapped snacks, Band-Aids, Neosporin, and protein bars.
The Jewish Volunteer Center will facilitate the distribution of the donated materials.
If you wish to drop off items, you may drop off in the designated collection boxes at AJFCS, located at 5841 Corporate Way, Suite 200 in West Palm Beach. Additionally, collection boxes will be located at the agencies listed on the flyer. As it says in the Jewish tradition: "And the work of Tzedakah shall bring peace."
We hope our efforts can bring a little peace to those who are in great need, at this very moment.
The Board and Staff of Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service &
Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service