The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming, causing strong emotions in both adults and children. In order to help those in the community who are coping with stress and anxiety during this difficult time Jewish Family Service of NEPA is offering to help, for FREE.
The goal and idea of the JFS Telehealth Helpline is to support those in the community coping during this difficult time. JFS will offer half-hour sessions that will allow people to speak with a licensed JFS social worker in a safe and supportive virtual environment. The sessions will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and open to anyone needing to discuss overwhelming emotions during this difficult time.
Jewish Family Service’s offices have been closed since shortly after the stay at home orders went into affect but counseling services have not stopped. The social workers have been working from home speaking with clients over the telephone as well as on Zoom video calls.
JFS Executive Director Sheila Nudelman Abdo stresses “JFS is here to serve the entire community, our doors have been open for over 100 years, through this pandemic they remain open, even if only virtually.”
If you are interested in helping support this FREE initiative you can make a one time $36 donation to JFS online by clicking here. Your $36 donation will go directly towards helping someone in your community get the help they need. Additionally if you or someone you know needs someone to talk to please reach out to us. If you need someone to talk to, we’re here to listen.
To book your 30-minute session, please email [email protected] or call 570-344-1186 and leave a message. Messages are checked regularly throughout the day Monday through Friday and someone will contact you within 24 hours.