Jewish Community Services assists people in determining eligibility for
benefits and in applying for new and existing federal and state entitlements
such as Medicare, Medicaid, insurance supplements, housing entitlements and
CHANA is the Baltimore Jewish community’s response to domestic violence.
CHANA services include a kosher safehouse, counseling, legal assistance and
safety planning for victims and survivors. Workshops on healthy relationships
are provided for middle and high school students and speakers are available
for any size community group.
CHANA: Counseling, Helpline and Aid
Network for Abused Women
Jewish Community Services' Service Coordinators help with housing and
transportation needs, financial management and budgeting, home care, companion
and chore services, family consultations, support groups and volunteer
Licensed mental health professionals offer counseling/therapy for children,
adolescents and families to help them deal with stress, anxiety or depression,
issues relating to relationships or family crises. This program includes
a Maryland Board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who can provide
psychiatric assessment and prescribe medication as indicated. (Private health
The Shofar Coalition is the community’s collaborative response to adult,
adolescent or childhood trauma. Shofar services include: professional trauma
therapy for women, men and children; professionally facilitated healing
groups for adults, community and synagogue based healing services, training and
educational forums for teachers and parents.
Helpline and Network for Abused Women
Jewish Legal Services volunteer lawyers provide legal information and advice
to Jewish community members with low invome at the monthly pro-bono walk-in
clinic. Matters include: consumer/bankruptcy, landlord-tenant/ housing,
family/divorce, custodial rights and immigration.
Jewish Community Services provides educational programs that increase
knowledge and awareness about substance use, abuse, addiction, the spread of
HIV/AIDS and other risky behaviors that can impact well-being. HIV/AIDS
prevention education is supported by The Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach
Project. Programs are age-appropriate and tailored to the particular needs
and sensitivities of each audience.
This program helps individuals with severe psychiatric difficulties maintain
or improve their independence, social living skills and functioning at home and
in the community. One-on-one sessions teach, model and reinforce daily living
CHAI ensures that each year 200 low-income senior and disabled persons’
households in Northwest Baltimore receive necessary home repairs, modifications,
assistive devices and linkages to other vital services.