Jewish addicts and alcoholics wanted

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MILLTOWN — Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County (JFS) is seeking Jewish alcoholics, addicts and anyone (family, friends) affected by addiction.

“If you are feeling isolated and hopeless, this is the place for you,” said Sara Levine, executive director of the organization in a prepared statement. “Join us each Monday on our journey of comfort and support.”

JRecovery Anonymous is a peer support group that meets every Monday night 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Services, 32 Ford Ave. 2nd Floor, Milltown.

New and experienced 12-step group participants are welcome. For more information call JFS: 732-777-1940 or email: office@jfsmiddlesex.org

Meeting attendees are asked to park on the street, walk through the parking lot and use the ramp entrance to access the elevator to the second floor.

Until recently, JFS has been known as  Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County (JFVS).

“As an agency we offer many other services in addition to career and vocational services so it doesn’t seem appropriate anymore,” said executive director Sara Levine, who recently announced a name change for the agency, which served 25,000 clients in 2013. “We have so many multiple services that focusing on just one doesn’t seem right.”

JFVS was formed by the 2006 merger of the Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Northern Middlesex County and the Jewish Family Service of Southern Middlesex County.

The agency offers career services through the Joel Gensler Career Center, along with family counseling, a speakers’ bureau, kosher food pantry, meals-on-wheels, a Passover food drive, a Women’s Center for women in transition, self-help groups, and a number of senior services, including social groups, adult day care, and Holocaust survivor services.

A health insurance program educates seniors statewide on how to protect themselves from fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.

One of only a handful of agencies statewide accredited by the federal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to represent immigrants before appeals hearings, it also offers a number of services to legal refugees and immigrants. An instructive video for new immigrants received 462,000 views on YouTube.

“Over the course of the last year, the board has been talking about how to market the agency more effectively, to let people know who we are,” said Levine. “A lot of people aren’t even aware there is a social service agency in the Jewish community.”


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