Jewish Family Services of WNC receives a $40,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

Press release from the Jewish Family Services of WNC: 

Jewish Family Services of WNC, Inc. (JFS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,  is pleased to announce receipt of a generous $40,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte, NC.

According to Executive Director Alison Gilreath, this grant will provide unrestricted general operating funds for fiscal year 2017-18, to support ongoing JFS programs in the areas of mental health counseling, case management, Elder Club Group Respite, transportation, kosher meals, a food pantry, and more.

The agency has experienced significant growth in the past year, including the launch of the first JFS Elder Club Group Respite program in Hendersonville, in cooperation with Agudas Israel Congregation. The program is modeled on the Elder Club in Asheville, established in 1999. JFS has also experienced a significant increase in mental health services since starting this program in 2014. With this very generous support from The Leon Levine Foundation and other funders, JFS will provide assistance to as many as 300 clients in the upcoming fiscal year.

Jewish Family Services of WNC is a social service agency serving the needs of individuals and families across Western North Carolina. As the only Jewish social service agency in the area, JFS is committed to provide assistance to all people regardless of faith, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, country of origin, age or ability. JFS offices are located at 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801

The JFS Elder Club celebrates its 18th anniversary at the 2017 JFS SpringFest on Thursday evening, May 25th at The Country Club of Asheville.

For more information about JFS, or to make SpringFest reservations, visit  or contact Jewish Family Services of WNC at 828-253-2900;

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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