Volunteers help out in the organization's Project Manna food pantry and through programs like J Ride — a free transportation service for seniors. (Photos by Paul Chaplin for Our York Media)
Into the future
The banter at the table is exciting. With fingers busy twisting yarn around a plastic frame, the ladies of Stitches of Love met in June for the first time since before the March 2020 lockdown because of COVID-19. The hugs, laughs and stories were accompanied by sighs of relief for being together again.
It’s a similar feeling at the Men’s Think Tank, which met at Marino’s Pizza and Pasta House in Springettsbury Township, where a group of a dozen men, all of them retired, discussed politics, sports, and community news.
These meetings are just some of the signature social programs started by JFS. Miller, who usually lets each group interact as they choose, stopped by these first gatherings to share a hello and welcome them back. She beamed as she watched them.
Along with the JCC’s new CEO, Jonah Geller, Miller is excited to have a greater impact on individuals and families in York through the Family Services Department.
The JCC’s commitment to early childhood education, providing resources for families, and welcoming everyone into its center felt like a natural place for JFS to land. It strengthens both organizations, Geller says, because it enhances what the JCC can do in serving all ages, including its senior population.
“We are the Jewish Community Center, and given the fact that ‘community’ is literally our middle name, our arms and our hearts are open to anyone wants to be part of this community,” Geller says. “That’s what is so exciting about this acquisition. All ships rise when we get behind building community.”