2017-02-15 / Federation

Jewish Abilities Alliance website launched

The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is excited to announce the launch of another Shark Tank initiative. On Feb. 1, we launched a special needs website with resources for everyone called the Jewish Abilities Alliance of South Jersey (JAA).

It was identified through the Community Shark Tank program that special needs families spend, on average, 11 hours a week researching information and resources for their loved ones. This is valuable time that should be spent together as a family. The goal of the new JAA website is to serve as a resource provider directory, a community calendar, and a way for families to connect in our community, thus reducing needless time spent researching.

Also, as part of this initiative, we are excited to announce that Jennifer Arey has joined the Federation staff. She will serve as the Special Needs Navigator connecting families to resources—and to each other. If a family is in crisis and doesn’t know where to go for help, or can’t find a specific resource, we encourage them to reach out to her by email at jaa@jfedsnj.org or by calling her at (856) 673-2554.

This initiative would not be possible without funding from the Community Shark Tank and the vision of the Special Needs Coalition of Southern New Jersey, now called the Jewish Abilities Alliance. Local organizations and community members are encouraged to access the website to enter special needs events on the community calendar and contact Jennifer with resources to add to the directory.

Visit the new site at jewishsouthjersey.org/jaa. You can also join our new Facebook group, Jewish Abilities Alliance of South Jersey, to keep up to date on events and connect with other special needs families.

Feel free to stop by our table at the Everything Special Needs Radio Show resource fair on Feb. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 1145 Delsea Dr., Westville, NJ. 

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