Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) has received a $15,000 emergency grant from the Otto Bremer Trust through the Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund to be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
JFS will distribute the funds through its Emergency Financial Assistance program, normally funded through individual donations. This program helps with expenses related to housing, utilities, transportation, and some health expenses. Qualifications include being a current JFS client and/or being a member of the St. Paul Jewish community. Assistance must be able to stabilize a situation.
Typically, the program provides a maximum of $500 in assistance. However, the maximum has been increased to $1,000 during this extraordinary time. Requests for assistance in this program have increased nearly 250 percent over the same period in 2019.
To apply for Emergency Financial Assistance, contact program case manager Nancy Cohen at (651) 329-1092, or by email at [email protected].
To donate to JFS, visit jfssp.org/donate.