Jewish Community Services’ 13th Annual Meeting, held recently at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, was a celebration of JCS good work and achievements over the past year. Board Chair Richard Hoffman welcomed the 100 guests for a program that included a report from JCS President/ CEO Fred Stock on the agency’s future plans and strategies designed to ensure JCS continues to deliver its vision of a healthy South Florida community.
“Among our new initiatives is a program offering psychological and educational assessments and treatment for children and teens throughout Miami-Dade. Our goal, within the next year, is to open a Center that provides an array of testing and counseling services regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” Stock said. “A recently implemented program of JCS, the Surf Bal Bay Club, is meeting a comprehensive range of health care and social service needs of seniors who wish to remain living in their own homes.”
The program featured the installations of a new Board member, Ron Friedman, CPA, and of current Board Vice Chair Dan Jacobson as Chair Elect.
Twenty-seven employees received recognition for their 5, 10 and 15 year anniversaries with JCS, while four staff members were singled out for exceptional longevity — 20 year employees Donna Cutler, Aracely Montano and Susan Nierenberg; and 25 year employee Bridget Cross.
In addition, Winn-Dixie Stores received a Corporate Connection Award for its financial contributions and innovative assistance with fundraising activities that support the JCS Kosher Food Bank; The Closet was named Community Partner for selling gently used clothing at greatly discounted prices to those in need, as well as then donating proceeds to the JCS Kosher Food Bank; Ross Stores was recognized as Employer of the Year for hiring more than 20 deaf or hard of hearing clients of JCS’ Deaf and Hearing Employment Services Program; and Darnell Williams, a formerly homeless client of JCS’ Day Labor Training Program and now a supervisor with the City of Miami Department of Sanitation, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award for overcoming numerous personal obstacles.
The largest Jewish social service agency in South Florida, JCS annually serves over 25,000 people, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, with mental health, senior support and vocational programs. For more information on JCS, please call Access at 305.576.6550 or visit www.jcsfl.org.