The Human Side of the State Budget Crisis

This is a guest post by Sarah Malakoff at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis.
You’ve probably heard about the Minnesota Zoo closing because of thengovernment shutdown. And that you won’t be able to use rest stops during your drive to a BBQ this weekend. But you can still buy a lottery ticket, so here’s hoping your luck turns around.
A more serious issue that hasn’t been talked about enough is that many Minnesotans will have limited or no access to critically needed human services. These programs keep them employed, feed their families, provide refuge from abuse and help manage their mental health or physical disabilities.
Jewish Family and Children¹s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) continues to advocate for a state budget that will supply vital services to our clients.
It is important that JFCS is able to protect and provide for the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community, helping them to live to their fullest potential.
Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Contact your legislators and advocate for Minnesotans. Voice support for the services that help people who need them most. Don’t know who your legislators are? Click here.
  2. Give your time or a donation to nonprofit agencies like JFCS, who are working tirelessly to help Minnesotans in need. Call 952-546-0616 to ask about volunteering or giving to JFCS, or visit our website for more information.

To find out more about the government shutdown, read the FAQ from Minnesota Public Radio at
Please join us in our efforts to ensure the well-being of those who need our assistance more than ever.
(Image courtesy of JFCS)