Author Archives: Rachael Ovitz

New Coronacation Program Helps Teens & Parents Adjust to our New Reality

For many parents, having teenagers who are self-isolating at home during the coronavirus pandemic poses unique challenges. While younger children may be thrilled at the prospect of having their parents’ undivided attention, teens are likely to feel differently. The nonstop news cycle about coronavirus—along with 24/7 access to social media—is causing an extra layer of […]

New Coronavirus Grief & Loss Support Group Forming Now

Deaths during the coronavirus pandemic often mean that loved ones are dying suddenly and unexpectedly, without their families by their side. The sad reality is that, to protect everyone from the virus, the very ill and dying cannot have their family around them. The inability to participate in funerals and cultural rituals such as Shiva […]

May 1 “Drop & Go” Food Drive Will Help Nourish our Neighbors in Need

As the coronavirus pandemic continues through the spring, JFCS staffers are fielding up to 200 calls each day from community members who are facing the very real and very scary prospect of food insecurity. That number is only expected to grow in coming weeks. During this challenging time, our neighbors need us more than ever, […]

5K Walk & Run 4 Family & Friends with Cancer Goes Virtual!

Now in its 12th year, the 5K Run & Walk 4 Family & Friends with Cancer has become a tradition for many community members. The grassroots event spreads awareness, raises critical research funds, and helps local cancer patients overcome financial difficulties associated with their illnesses. Since its start in 2008, the event has raised well […]

JFCS to Hold “Drop & Go” Food Drive on Friday, April 3

As the coronavirus pandemic continues into April, the economic effects are being felt throughout our South Jersey community. To respond to community members’ increasing need for food, JFCS will be holding its first-ever “drop & go” food drive on Friday, April 3 from 10am until 12 noon to help stock the shelves of our Betsy […]

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish!

Life can feel topsy-turvy right now because of global concerns about coronavirus. If you—like many people—are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, know that this is a totally normal reaction! Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important to take time for self-care as we attempt to manage working from home, overseeing our children’s schooling, […]

Project Rainbow Creates a Safe Haven for LGBTQ Youth

The teen years are almost universally awkward, for kids and parents alike. Thanks to hormones, teenagers’ bodies have kicked into overdrive while their brains continue developing until about age 25. One minute your teen feels scared, disoriented, and alone. The next they’re moody, clingy, guarded, and sarcastic. Adolescence is also when people really begin to […]