Our response to COVID-19

This information is accurate as of March 26, 2020. These agency-wide changes that we’ve implemented are aligned with current public guidelines from county and state officials. They are also aligned with our mission to help vulnerable individuals and families in the Puget Sound region achieve well-being, health and stability. We are committed to serving our community in this evolving moment. Please check back on this page regularly for the most recent updates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is JFS still open?
    Yes! We are still serving clients, but we are shifting our services to telephone and web-based interactions where possible. Our Seattle and Kent campuses are open, but we are limiting access to essential services. Our Eastside campus is closed to clients through the month of March. We are adhering to local, state and national guidelines and are adapting as necessary.
  • I need emergency assistance. How can I get in touch?
    We understand this is an uncertain and worrisome time. Please visit our Emergency Services page and fill out the request form. If we’re able to assist you, we will respond within one week of your inquiry.
  • How can I help?

    This is an unprecedented moment and we need you. Please donate to our matching gift campaign. Your contribution will ensure that we can continue providing essential human services to the thousands of individuals and families who turn to us for help.If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the registration form on our Volunteer Services page. Because the situation is so fluid, we are continually adapting to Public Health guidelines.

  • How is the food bank being impacted?
    The Polack Food Bank is closed temporarily while we assess our response to the current public health crisis. It will be closed until Wednesday, April 1 at the earliest. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please check back on this page for more information next week.
  • How are other client services being affected?

    All departments are working on adapted operations plans to identify essential client services and business needs.We have moved our Counseling Services and Emergency Services lines to HIPAA-compliant Zoom accounts so we will be able to offer support and telehealth services for all clients. We are also teaching our senior clients how to reach us and to know when to pick up the phone if we call them. We will update this page regularly as more programs implement alternative plans.

  • Are all JFS events canceled?
    All JFS events—including the annual Community of Caring Luncheon—are canceled through April 30, 2020, in the interest of our community’s health and well-being. At that point, we will reevaluate for future events. If you’d like to give to our matching gift campaign lieu of your Luncheon gift, you may do so here.
  • What are guidelines for JFS staff?
    All JFS employees are encouraged to work from home. We have provided remote work equipment for all employees based on their roles. Direct service staff are in the process of shifting how they interact with clients to include alternatives like telehealth therapy for counseling.
  • Who should I contact if I have further questions?
    Please get in touch with us at (206) 461-3240.

From the Blog

Weathering the ‘New Normal’ Together 
An update on COVID-19 from our CEO, Rabbi Will Berkovitz (March 18, 2020).

How JFS is Responding to COVID-19 
A COVID-19 update from our CEO, Rabbi Will Berkovitz (March 6, 2020).

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