3113 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-766-3370
Jewish Family Service offers a unique holistic approach to promote wellness and stability to families experiencing poverty, hunger and mental illness by combining a food pantry, case management, and peer-based socialization activities under one roof at its Barbash Family Vital Support Center.
Two recipients of Vital Services share how Jewish Family Service and its Barbash Family Vital Support Center strengthened their lives. Click the arrow below.
End hunger, promote stability, encourage wellness and recovery....those are the goals of the Barbash Family Vital Support Center.
Jewish Family Service opened its food pantry in 2003 to a couple dozen people in need, and watched it grow to serve 458 individual clients by 2012. A 2008 community survey confirmed the need to transform the pantry into a full comprehensive center. The survey identified 1,100 low-income Jewish households in Cincinnati, and another 1,625 households that are just one car repair, one job layoff, or one health setback from descending into poverty. Along with poverty, hunger, and mental illness come the hardships of homelessness, fear, isolation, stress and despair.
The Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center provides a new approach to tackling the growing needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.
By offering a full menu of comprehensive services at one location, our professional social workers and care managers can best lead Jewish Family Service clients toward stability, security, and self-sufficiency. It puts the food pantry, case management, emergency financial assistance, supportive counseling, therapeutic socialization activities, and health promoting classes under one roof.
Yes, together. The Barbash Family Vital Support Center is a place where clients, staff, and volunteers are welcome; where everyone can feel accepted and be accepting.
Multiple Sclerosis forced Leslye from a successful career to surviving on Social Security and food stamps. She says that the Barbash Family Vital Support Center gave her a purpose, which made her feel like her old self.
Now she gives back to help other Jewish Family Service clients.
Read her full story.
Below are photos from a December 30, 2013 party inviting clients to ring in the new year. Download the pdf to read about the party.
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In the spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Center offers a wide range of social action and volunteer opportunities. Your help is always needed! Learn about Volunteer opportunities.
The food pantry is open to Jewish Family Service clients as well as our neighbors in need who live in Cincinnati's 45220 zip code area. It is the only food pantry in the region that also includes a section with a full array of Kosher food.
The Vital Support Center is also the only place in our Greater Cincinnati community that addresses the unique needs of people experiencing poverty or mental illness who desire to be served within a Jewish cultural setting. After all, socialization and spiritual needs are as important to achieving wellness as nutrition, exercise and diet.
The Barbash Family Vital Support Center is centrally located at 3113 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220 discreetly tucked on the campus of Hebrew Union College.
The Center is housed in over 4600 sq. ft. of newly renovated space with plenty of parking. This location is served by three bus lines, proximate to the over 45 zip codes served by Jewish Family Service, and conveniently located near the community services that our clients frequent for health care, behavioral health care, and benefits administration.
Click the arrow above to learn more about Building the Dream of the Vital Support
Click here to read about our Grand Opening Celebration that took
place October 27, 2013, and see photos from the event.
|Bernard and Pamela Barbash and Family|
|The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati|
|George and Anne Heldman Family|
|Founder ($250,000 - 499,999)|
|The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.|
|Builder ($100,000 - 249,999)|
|The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati|
|Murray Guttman / Children and Grandchildren|
|The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati|
|Hyman and Bessie Passman Family|
|Benefactor ($50,000 - 99,999)|
Jo and Al Levine
Sustainer ($25,000 - 49,999)
|Anonymous||Andrea, Alex and Aaron Levenson|
|Bret and Alison Caller Family||Gloria and Alex Lipson|
Adele and Fred Cohen/
Robert and Lynne Kanter
|Nina and Edward Paul and Family|
|The Family of Fred Diamond||Elise and Jon Randman|
|Golf Manor Synagogue|
|Patron ($10,000 - 24,999)|
|Richard and Sara Behrman||J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.|
Casto Homes, Inc. and
the Casto Family
|Larry and Kim Juran|
|Wilbur and Miriam Cohen||Dennis and Rochelle Manes|
|Marty and Sally Hiudt||
Henry W. Schneider and
Anita R. Schneider
Now the journey begins...
Jewish Family Service continues to shoulder the burden for the bulk of the Vital Support Centers on-going budget (for food, overhead and staff). Thank you to all individual donors for contributions of money and food that will allow us to strengthen even more lives every day.
Visiting the new Barbash Family Vital Support Center? Take along this sheet with a self-guided tour.