Friendly Connections

Could you or someone you know benefit from a friendly call? As we navigate this unprecedented time, Jewish Family Services (JFS) would like to offer the gift of connection to those in our community who may be especially challenged by the diminished contact while home-bound.  

How does the Friendly Connections program work?

Our Friendly Connection program is designed to put individuals in the Rochester area in touch with a volunteer caller for 10-15 minute check-ins via phone or video chat. Our volunteers aim to convey that someone cares, offer a check-in, and provide comfort and companionship. 

While this program is not able to offer home visits or shopping support, we may be able to help connect people to services that can help. Please reach out to our Helpline at (585) 461-0114 or call 2-1-1 if you know of a need beyond a friendly telephone/video chat check-in.

Contact

If you know of someone who would benefit from our Friendly Caller program, please email LHaddad@jfsrochester.org with the subject “Friendly Connection Recipient” and include the following information:

  • Name of person seeking connection 
  • Phone number 
  • Emergency contact name, phone number and email  
  • Topics to avoid 
  • Interests 
  • Preferences:  male or female 
  • Time of day 
  • Frequency of calls (1x/week, 2x/week)  

Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the Friendly Connections program. Apply to become a volunteer today!
Apply to be a volunteer

SENIOR CARE

Care Management and Consultation

JFS care managers are gerontology experts, committed to providing excellent service delivery and care coordination that maintains the dignity and achieves the goals of older adults served. Care managers offer thoughtful advice and compassionate support to help older adults maintain or improve their quality of life.

Friendly Connections

Could you or someone you know benefit from a friendly call? As we navigate this unprecedented time, Jewish Family Services would like to offer the gift of connection to those in our community who may be especially challenged by the diminished contact while home-bound.

Groups and Educational Offerings

Thanks to a generous grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, we offer therapy/support groups and educational offerings (webinars and workshops) that support the mental health and wellness of community members.

JFS Connects

JFS Connects joins seniors with new friends in our community and beyond via a Virtual Senior Center. Each day is different, interesting, and stimulating while never leaving your home. 

NORC

Jewish Family Services (JFS) NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program is an innovative model for aging in place in your own apartment. NORCs offer seniors an affordable housing option with on-site social services provided by a JFS community social worker.