This program trains volunteers to provide temporary short-term relief for caregivers of individuals with special needs. The idea is to provide overworked caregivers with a little free time to do errands or go to appointments or shopping or anything that they need to give them a break from the strains associated with being an in-home caregiver.
If you are interested in this program, please contact our
REST program coordinator Judith Bromley at 845-338-2980.
A training is provided to help people gain the skills necessary to be a companion. In order to be a volunteer, one needs to connect with Judith Bromley, do an interview and a background check and attend the training. Individuals are then paired with a suitable person in their community for 10 visits.
Volunteer to give a caregiver a break! https://tinyurl.com/ygysjutq
"My wife and I were acting as primary caregivers for our friends in Woodstock. They are an elderly couple who required an immense amount of care due to their health conditions and age. Our immediacy was crucial to their comfort and well-being, but when the time came when we would not be available to help them, we were fraught with worry.
Then, we contacted Jewish Family Services. Without hesitation and with great loving spirit, they referred us to someone who assembled a team of professionals who would be there for our aged friends when we weren't around. The people who came to the rescue were highly skilled; able to shop, cook and clean and provide the care we could not. Additionally, a social worker was assigned to visit them regularly to make certain that their needs were being met and remained on call in case of emergency.
This was such a blessing not only to our dear friends, but to us, knowing that the people we love are in good hands. The care that JFS provided was generous and thorough, and they were able to keep it at an affordable rate for our friends who, while they were not without funds, were not wealthy either. We have since called on JFS whenever the need arose and have always received the same warm, immediate, efficient response.
JFS receives some support from the Ulster County Jewish Federation and other organizations, but they are always struggling to gather resources to continue to be able to help people in such an effective manner.
If you are not already familiar with JFS, it would be a great benefit to you and your loved ones to make yourself aware of the services they provide. Please consider contributing generously to their vital mission." Follow this link to make a contribution to JFS. https://secure.qgiv.com/for/jfsouc
JFS at (845) 338-2980 (Ph)
(845) 331-4875 (FX) -