Jewish Community Services (JCS) is a unique, professional non-profit welfare organization, within the Jewish welfare system that renders services in all areas of specialization in all age groups. We provide a full range of preventative, educative and supportive counselling and statutory services. We also have a number of community projects, manage 3 residential care facilities and provide secure, subsidised accommodation for indigent community members in 38 JCS owned apartments.
This isn’t where the JCS services stop, as we have several other initiatives. As recently as 2016, we established a FoodBank that provides food assistance to over 40 clients per month, in the form of non-perishable food parcels. Clients access the FoodBank via their Case Managing Social Worker who will pack the food parcel in accordance to the needs of the family or individual, providing for their most basic food needs.
Tikvah is an independently run organization, that provides a bi-weekly fruit and vegetable hamper to approximately 100 JCS clients. The hamper consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables and JCS recently, in response to an identified need, started to augment the hamper by adding a minimum of two to three non-perishables items to the hamper, thus enhancing the hamper to ensure that a full meal can be created with the contents. Tikvah has been in partnership with JCS for close to 20 years.
The Simcha Fund, is a Cape Town Based charity, that raises funds for community members in need who are, celebrating a special event, such as a wedding, a special birthday, a Bar- or Batmitzvah, a Brit Milah, the purchasing of tallis or tefillin and other Jewish essential items. JCS administers the funds on behalf of the Simcha Fund.
Helping Hand Loan; In addition to providing families and individuals with financial relief towards food and accommodation, JCS also provides Helping Hand loans to help people enhance their business, or means to make a living. The loan does not exceed a certain amount and clients need to have a financially stable family member to sign surety on their behalf.
Arts and Crafts group, although fun and creative, encourages clients to participate to learn a new skill and create a product that can be sold and therefore create a means of income. Arts and Craft is also a little social group where clients can access the library attached to Arts and crafts room, as well the computer with internet, for job hunting and other interesting art ideas. All proceeds of goods sold are put back into the Arts & Craft project to replenish the stock.
Bargains Galore, In addition to being a charity shop, which sells donations of clothing, furniture, appliances and bric-a-brac to raise funds for JCS, Bargains Galore provides clients with a structured, sheltered environment, for part-time employment. Clients learn various retail skills such as pricing, customer care, store display setups as well as life skills in respect of functioning in a work environment. We find that clients who haven’t worked in a while thrive in this environment and many move on to finding more permanent and gainful employment in the open labour market.
Property Initiative, JCS has purchased residential property across Cape Town, to provide secure, subsidised accommodation for our clients who find themselves in unfortunate situations. At Present JCS owns Two Block of flats, accommodating up to 20 families, in the Gardens area and another and 18 in Sea Point and Goodwood. With rapidly escalating rentals in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for clients of limited means to secure accommodation. The purchase of residential property not only goes some way in providing for this need but also constitutes a capital investment which ensures sustainability of the organisation into the future.