June Pantry Collection Focuses on Summer

Although Summer officially begins on June 21st, June offers many opportunities prior to summer to join in outside festivities.  What better time to collect traditional picnic items.  The JFS Food Pantry will be collecting items such as mustard (yellow and spicy); ketchup, BBQ sauce, relish; mayo, baked beans, canned sauerkraut, canned beets and salad dressing.  Help our Pantry visitors celebrate the warmer weather with these common condiments and picnic accompaniments.  Our non-food collection items for June are paper towels and napkins.

Donations can be dropped off at the JFS Food Pantry, 1440 Whalley Avenue, New Haven on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or you can call (203) 397-0796 to schedule an alternative time. Questions can be directed to shagan@jfsnh.org

Grand Opening of Cafe J – May 22nd 11 a.m.

We are so excited to share some great news.  JFS is in a partnership with the JCC, Chapel Haven Schleifer

Center (CHSC) and the Towers at Towers Lane in the opening of Cafe J – A Café with a Cause!  Café J will offer internship opportunities to individuals with developmental and social disabilities. This is a perfect fit since CHSC provides lifelong individualized services for these individuals, empowering them to live independent and self-determined lives. The JCC is proud to provide employment opportunities at Café J for members of the CHSC community. Coupled with Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven (JFS) who will be matching mentors to work alongside our Chapel Haven interns, this opportunity will offer an inclusive, and vibrant space for everyone in our community.

“At Café J, you’ll find one intern from CHSC working alongside a community mentor, fostering a supportive environment for skill-building and personal growth. By enjoying your favorite treats at Café J, you’re not only savoring fresh, delicious, (kosher) food and a wide variety of espresso drinks, but you’re also contributing to a meaningful cause.” 

“Our inviting café space is perfect for kids, families, and adults alike. Whether you want to catch up with friends or simply enjoy a peaceful moment with a good book, Café J is the place to be!”  

Join us on May 22nd for the grand opening at 11 a.m. Moving forward, Café J will be open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 2 pm. For information about mentoring a Chapel Haven student as part of the Café, contact Rachel Scolnic Dobin at rsdobin@jfsnh.org.