Covid-19 Updates and Resources

JFCS’ highest priority is the health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers and community. As we face COVID-19 together, our dedication to providing critical programs and support to those in need is unwavering. JFCS is here, to provide stability and hope in this time defined by change and uncertainty. 

In our ongoing efforts to closely monitor COVID-19 and its variants, JFCS takes guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Oregon Health Authority. We urge our community to follow their lead: Wear your mask properly (covering nose and mouth), maintain social distancing and get vaccinated and your booster. 

Click here for community resources, including vaccine locator and COVID testing sites.

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Community Update, January 20, 2022

  • Individuals can order a free COVID test at COVIDtest.gov
    • 4 tests per household. 
  • A free call line to order a test: 1-800-232-0233, TTY: 1-88-720-7489
    • English and Spanish languages available.
  • Free N95 masks will be available at local pharmacies and grocery store pharmarcies by early February.
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL) organization has a national hotline called DIAL (Disability Information and Access Line): 888-677-1199 or email at dial@usaginganddisability.org
    • Monday through Friday 9am-8pm.
    • Help people with disabilities get vaccinated or access to tests. Help with local services, such as getting transportation to sites.
    • Help with instructions for what to do when you get the test (how to test yourself, accessing results, etc)
    • “Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can reach DIAL using the 711/Video Relay Service (VRS). To use this free service, simply dial 711 and you will be connected with a communications assistant with whom you can text. The DIAL information specialists are trained to work with people of various communications abilities.”
    • Administration for Community Living webpage: ACL.gov/COVID-19
  • The Biden Administration has directed the National Institute of Health to prioritize the production of COVID-19 tests that are accessible to the Blind/Low vision community, as they currently are not. They will communicate when that goes into production.

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While our offices remain closed to the public, the JFCS team continues to provide the vital services on which you rely in each of our four programs: Counseling, Disability Support Services, Holocaust Survivor Services and Emergency Aid.

Counseling:

Our counselors  continue to provide mental-health services through telephonic or Zoom therapy sessions, allowing for ongoing care in each client’s home, as well as a few in-person appointments to be arranged separately with your therapist.

Community Resource Groups led by our Counseling program team occur on a regular basis through Zoom teleconferencing. They provide a space for us to come together, to commiserate, to support and to comfort.Disability Support Services:

Clients receive ongoing support from program leadership, with consistent well-checks.

As the pandemic continues, so does the challenge of prolonged social isolation. JFCS is here to help with our Mental Health Spotlight. Click here to learn more about this important new program.

We offer two online social and support groups:

Coming Together is a bi-weekly online group for parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities. For more information or to register, please email Shayna Sigman at ssigman@jfcs-portland.org to register.

TIKVAH is a group for adults ages 18 and up who have a physical and/or developmental disability. To register, email Sarit at scahana@jfcs-portland.org.

Holocaust Survivor Services:

Our Holocaust Survivors receive hot meals, groceries and medications, housekeeping, transportation and other services via fully vaccinated professionals and volunteers. JFCS wants to emphasize that in-person care is provided by fully vaccinated individuals. 

 Also in the works is a virtual socialization option for clients to provide social support and entertainment, as well as to chase away feelings of isolation, in a safe way

Emergency Aid:

AJFCS’ robust Emergency Aid program provides limited assistance for emergency needs, such as financial support for rent and utilities, as well as groceries. Our remote intake system offers best practices to serve our entire community. JFCS works in tandem with our community partners, such as the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, within and beyond the Jewish community to provide relief to those in need.

Volunteer Program:

JFCS instigated a Friendly Callers program designed to create connections and foster community. Our fully vaccinated volunteers reach out via phone to community members who would like a friendly call once a week. If you’d like to join our growing team of Friendly Callers (or to volunteer in an additional or another capacity), visit our Volunteer webpage.

JFCS Community Connection services

Launched during the pandemic, Community Connection is an online space where members of the greater community can log on to talk, listen, share, complain, comfort and otherwise simply be, to help navigate and get through the challenges and anxieties associated with the ongoing pandemic.

Community Connection services occur weekly. Please access the Zoom link using meeting ID 928 7447 9617; Passcode: 796857. Click here to join on Fridays at 10am.

Group Communication tips:

  • Thumb/finger system: When someone has a question or comment, put up your thumb to be recognized.
  • The next person who wants to speak raises their thumb and index finger to indicate they are second, and so on.
  • Use Zoom’s chat feature to write in your questions or discussion topics.There is no need to register for a Zoom account (but you can, and it is free). However, you do need to download the app (by smartphone from the Google Play Store or App Store, or via computer at www.zoom.us).

Community Resources:

Vaccine Locator

Covid Testing Sites

The CDC COVID-19 Update page

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Updates

Congregation Neveh Shalom COVID-19 Outreach and Services (CNSCOS)

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