Emergency Aid

Stability and hope in tough times

JFCS’ Emergency Aid program helps individuals and families experiencing difficulties receive crucial services and get access to resources, to meet their basic needs, yes, and also to improve the quality of their lives. We help fulfill JFCS’ mission to address the needs of those in our Jewish community and beyond, to help foster a sense of independence and stability and to provide person-centered trauma informed (PCTI) compassionate care to all those we serve.

One client’s story mirrors many: Abby needed a support network. A single mother with two children in elementary school, she lost her retail-industry job due to COVID-19. Now with both children home full-time, Abby felt socially isolated and emotionally overwhelmed by the bills piling up and new daytime responsibilities. Abby turned to her rabbi for help; her rabbi knew to refer her to JFCS’ Emergency Aid program.

We helped her apply for Oregon Unemployment Insurance and the supplemental nutrition program (SNAP), as well as financial assistance toward rent. A therapist from JFCS’ Counseling program also helped support Abby during her time of crisis and the agency referred her to some of our community partners for additional food resources. Providing stability and hope in tough times is what we do.

For more information, contact the Emergency Aid Intake Line at 503-226-7079 x134 or click here to get help. Calls for Emergency Aid will be returned within 24 hours during regular hours of operation.

For a printable list of local resources, click here.

2021’s Thanksgiving Food Box program brightened the season for families and individuals of all ages, including greater Portland’s Holocaust Survivors. Our community partners and generous donations made it all possible. Enjoy the brief video above about our community coming together to feed more than 600 people!

Modified Service Programs in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Alongside the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, JFCS has reinvigorated our Emergency Aid program with funding to provide limited gifts for emergency needs.
  • Our Intake Portal is accessible 24/7 to provide greater access to JFCS services and information
  • Our Emergency Aid program works in conjunction with Counseling, Disability Support and Holocaust Survivor services to best provide our clients with the resources they need.