Jewish Family Services of WNC, a nonprofit social service agency open to people of all faiths in Western North Carolina, has relocated its offices to 53 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville. The larger office space will allow JFS to expand its programs and services and hire additional staff. The need for mental health services has grown and the food pantry saw an increase of 300% in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Close to downtown, the new location provides easy access for community members utilizing JFS services, particularly the food pantry. Staff and visitors will have ample parking, a unique amenity for a downtown location.
JFS Executive Director Jessica Whitehill says, “This move represents an exciting next chapter for JFS, as we continue to expand our services to meet the growing needs of our community. The larger office space allows us to help more people with much-needed vital services, such as Healing Solutions Counseling, our mental health counseling program and the Elder Club Respite program. Additionally, community members will find the location is more convenient for access to our food pantry, particularly at a time when food insecurity is so high.”
JFS had been located since 2013 at Doctors Park, an office park on Biltmore Avenue near Mission Hospital. Before that, the organization was based at the Asheville Jewish Community Center.
Although JFS programs and services continue to be offered only online during the pandemic, community members facing food insecurity may pick up food pantry items at this time in a safe, socially distanced manner by calling 828-253-2900. The same number may be used for inquiries about all other services, including Healing Solutions Counseling at JFS.