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The 2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, the Manatee Community Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.
The Patterson Foundation will be matching all donations up to $100 with new donations 2:1 and returning donors 1:1. Donations can be made, and matched, from noon on September 20th through noon on September 21st at www.givingpartnerchallenge.org - search JFCS.
New Home for our Cancer Support & Wellness Program
We are pleased to announce that the therapeutic classes, recovery programs and support groups offered through the JFCS Cancer Support & Wellness Program have a new centralized home…at the newly renovated space at Temple Beth Sholom. When the Center for Building Hope closed its doors last fall, JFCS took on more than 75 monthly classes, programs and support groups. Scrambling for space, JFCS scheduled these at its Weinberg Campus on Fruitville Road, Flanzer Campus on Ringling Boulevard and at community-based locations throughout Manatee, Sarasota, South Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Participation by individuals and caregivers quickly grew and JFCS needed to find alternative space that could be dedicated exclusively for these programs. Thanks to the generosity of Betty Schoenbaum and the Schoenbaum Family Foundation, funding was granted to JFCS in order to rent space from Temple Beth Sholom to create a special caring and healing center for these therapeutic programs, services and support groups.
Known as the S. Tuttle Campus, the new space consists of three rooms, each dedicated for a specific purpose.
- The Mind Body Center is a room where men and women can practice Tai Chi and QiGong as well as participate in yoga and cancer recovery exercise.
- The Support Room provides a caring atmosphere for individuals attending the various support groups to meet and has a dedicated privacy area for fittings for the Knitted Knockers.
- The Expressive Arts Room offers a venue for creative expression including writing, quilting and therapeutic art endeavors.
For more information about programs, please contact Bambi Furtado, Cancer Support & Wellness Program Director, email@example.com or 941.366.2224 x167. The Cancer Support & Wellness Programs are offered at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, on the West side of Building 1. Look for the JFCS flag.
Thank you Gulf Coast Community Foundation for awarding JFCS a $125,000 Challenge Grant in support of our Cancer Support & Wellness Program. JFCS offers its Cancer Support & Wellness Program to individuals, caregivers and family members affected by a cancer diagnosis. Programs include a wide variety of cancer support and networking groups for cancer patients and caregivers, grief support, cancer recovery exercise and therapeutic expressive arts. For information contact Bambi Furtado, Program Director at 941-366-2224, ext. 167
JFCS Receives $50,000 Grant for Building Strong Families Program
JFCS received a $50,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its Building Strong Families (BSF) Program helping families in the North Port area seeking homelessness-prevention services. The Building Strong Families program, offered in Sarasota and Manatee counties, is a project geared towards keeping families safely housed in their present home by providing financial assistance and case management services because of a job loss or reduced earnings.
The grant will allow JFCS to continue serving those at risk in North Port for homelessness because of domestic violence, substance abuse, divorce/separation, medical crisis, employment loss and other life challenges facing families. Services include intensive case management, counseling, education, employment counseling and budgeting tools. Since 2008, the program has helped more than 410 North Port families remain in their homes and 800 children stay in place at school.
For more information about the program, call The Building Strong Families Coordinator at 941-366-2224