Comfort for Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

Over the years, the Federation has become the hub for innovative solutions and collaborative services that address evolving community needs in ways no one person or organization could do alone.

For example, a family of five in Cleveland’s suburban Jewish community was living with the challenge of opiate addiction. The wife struggled with prescription drug abuse since the complicated birth of their youngest child, which eventually spiraled into heroin. One morning, the wife was found overdosed at the family home. EMS was called and she was taken to the nearest emergency room. Social workers from beneficiary agencies Bellefaire JCB and Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA) connected the wife to a Jewish oriented rehabilitation facility out of town where she began the long road to recovery.

The whole family felt the effects of this trauma and it became clear the husband would not be able to maintain the household on his own. The Cleveland Jewish community, through Bellefaire JCB and JFSA, was able to provide the complementary and coordinated services the family needed to recover. Bellefaire JCB immediately assumed care coordination for the entire family, mobilizing services, counseling, and coordinating community support. Counselors from Bellefaire JCB and staff at JFSA formed and executed a plan for the family, complete with therapists, mentors through Bellefaire JCB’s Jewish Big Brother Big Sister and day school counselors. JFSA experts stepped in to provide financial assistance and literacy training through JFSA’s Forward Focus and support from other community organizations.

“The Federation is able to help facilitate critical support for our community and across multiple agencies,” said Ira C. Kaplan, Chair of Federation’s Community Planning Committee. “Because of the Federation’s annual Campaign, families like this are able to receive the necessary care and overwhelming support they need.” 

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“Because of the Federation’s annual Campaign, families like this are able to receive the necessary care and overwhelming support they need.”