Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte assistance programs.

One organization to turn to for assistance in Charlotte North Carolina is the Jewish Federation. While much of the assistance is available regardless of the applicant’s religion, a small number of resources are focused just on those that are part of the Jewish faith.

Case managers partner with needy families and individuals and support them as they deal with their financial crisis. The non-profit provides them with advocacy, outreach, referrals, cash grants, and emergency financial assistance. The objective is to help them develop long-term solutions to their challenges while directing them to short term, crisis assistance.

A food pantry is located in Mecklenburg County. Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte provides personal care items, food, canned goods, basic needs, and other necessities to help low income families and individuals through difficult and tough times. People who use the local food pantry will be able to leave with more than just free or low cost groceries. They will also be able to leave with a feeling that the greater Charlotte community cares about them.

Emergency financial assistance is available from the Community Tzedakah Fund. This tends to just be for those who are part of the faith though, but other information and referrals may be provided or conditions may change. It is a special cash fund that is made available through the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte to the working poor and low income. This crisis fund allows families, the elderly and individuals to receive a one-time, low interest loan for emergency needs. The loan can be used to pay for expenses such as rent, a mortgage payment, security deposit or utilities.

Camp Scholarships will help promote identity building among the Jewish youth through activities such as camping, leadership development, community building and informal educational opportunities. It can lead to growth and development.

College students of the Jewish faith can also receive help from the Loan Fund. The non-profit grants interest-free loans to students from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina. The money will be used to pay help pay for post-secondary study, tuition boos, and expenses at accredited institutions.




The loans from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte are what is known as “last dollar” and are the final funds needed to help the student attend school. Applications are required for these loans, some of which can even be interest free. The program also does not necessarily run every single year.

Support, referrals, and information is available to people facing a crisis. You should call the non-profit as soon as possible in order to get help, before the crisis becomes even worse. If the Charlotte JFS agency can’t help or even the aid is not available for all religions, then they may have referrals to other North Carolina or federal government resources. Get assistance before your crisis deepens and gets any worse. The phone number is 704-364-6594.

Senior assistance is widely available from JFS of Charlotte North Carolina. Programs can help older adults, the elderly and senior citizens maintain their dignity and independence through services that address the emotional, financial, physical, and mental challenges of growing older. Some of what is offered is below.

Outreach includes phone calls, friendly visits, and programming to homebound seniors in Charlotte as well as to residents of independent and assisted living facilities as well as regional local nursing homes. Volunteers from the community as well as clergy from the area provide music, workshops, education and entertainment with a Jewish theme.




Consultations from case managers offer information, support and direction for those planning home and medical care options for disabled or senior family members. Learn about government health care, legal aid, affordable housing, Medicare, and more. These activities can be very stressful on a family.

Fee-for-service from family connections is a type of care management program that assists out-of-town families concerned about the well-being of a local disabled or senior family member.

Referral and information can help Mecklenburg County families navigate all of the government benefits and local resources. When the number of options seem overwhelming and it is difficult to determine the best source for help, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte refers low income clients to the appropriate, available non-profit community resources and help clients make the best choices for their needs.

As indicated, some resources are available to all people and others are only for Jewish faith. But they may have referrals and other information as well. For referrals to these or other resources in Mecklenburg County, dial 888-892-1162.




By Jon McNamara

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