Wednesday, September 19, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa Jewish Family Services' reach extends to all families

Tampa Jewish Family Services offers everything from psychotherapy to educational testing at a reduced cost.

The organization's tagline is 'We are Here to Help.'

And the 'We' includes you.

Many people don't realize the services are open to the entire community, not just the Jewish community, said Elizabeth Vocke, communications representative.

With a staff including licensed psychologists and doctoral trainees, care professionals and a family support coordinator, TJFS strives to provide quality assistance to all Hillsborough County residents.

The organization operates offices in Citrus Park, at 13009 Community Campus Drive, and now South Tampa, where it recently opened at 522 Howard Ave.

"We have done so much in the northern part of Tampa, we wanted to offer those same services to people living in the south," said Michael Barnett, CEO and Executive Director. "Our Tampa location will be our wellness center, where we offer the majority of our counseling and educational services."

TJFS offers psychological services including counseling, psychological assessments and educational testing for youth, financial assistance programs, senior services and a community food bank.

Qualified families can apply for help with utility bills and for loan programs offering up to $2,000. Financial mentors are also available to help struggling families get back on track. Mentors meet one-on-one with participants to work on budget and savings.

TJFS food banks are open to all the first Thursday of each month in Citrus Park and the second Thursday of each month at satellite locations in Brandon. TJFS provides about 600 Hillsborough County families with food each month. Emergency grocery bags are available Monday through Friday by making an appointment.

Children and teens can undergo assessments, provided on a sliding scale, for behavioral concerns, ADHD/Hyperactivity disorder and Autism Spectrum disorders. Kindergarten readiness and gifted testing are also available at no charge to families that qualify, courtesy of a grant from Hillsborough County. TJFS psychologist and clinical director Nicole Agresto oversees counseling and testing programs.

Senior Care Management offers seniors and their families in-home and resident-facility assessments, as well as referrals for additional services.

"We offer help for the entire family," Barnett said.

For more information, visit tjfs.org. Complimentary phone consultations are available. Call (813) 960-1848.

Contact Sarah Whitman at [email protected]

Comments
Are these guys threatening to turn AL wild card into a race? Just ask the Rays

Are these guys threatening to turn AL wild card into a race? Just ask the Rays

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays still have got a long way to go and a short time to get there if they're gonna do what they say can't be done.If the Smokey and the Bandit paraphrase doesn't work for you, then let's try another theatrical reference....
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

Lightning falls to Hurricanes again in preseason

The Lightning did not fare much better in its second preseason crack at the Hurricanes.In fact, it did worse.It lost 6-1 Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.Carolina put a much more veteran team on the ice than it did Tuesday in winning Tampa Bay's preseason o...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Jameis Winston’s Uber ride will never be forgotten, and shouldn’t

Jameis Winston’s Uber ride will never be forgotten, and shouldn’t

Just when you thought it was fun to be a Bucs fan again. Just when you were blissfully under the spell of FitzMagic. Just when the Bucs were becoming the cool kids in the NFL with the latest greatest show on turf.Just as the good times have arrived, ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Buccaneers-Eagles All-22: Why Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fitzmagic could be real

Buccaneers-Eagles All-22: Why Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fitzmagic could be real

It’s just a mirage.At any moment now, Ryan Fitzpatrick will come crashing back to Earth. He’ll go back to being the Fitzpatrick of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Quarterbacks don’t t...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Busted, baby: Rapper Plies arrested at Tampa International Airport

Busted, baby: Rapper Plies arrested at Tampa International Airport

TAMPA — The rapper Plies, aka Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday after authorities say a gun was found in his carry-on bag.The 42-year-old Wesley Chapel resident faces a charge of carrying a concealed...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Rangers game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Rangers game

OF Tommy Pham is playing with a sore groin and a sorer right ring finger, but he is determined, in his words, to "salvage" his season, and his two home runs Wednesday give him 19 total, five in 28 games with the Rays since the trade to go with a .327...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

A band will once again take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show.The pop group Maroon 5 is scheduled to headline the annual 13-minute extravaganza this February at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, according to two sources familiar with the plan...
Updated: 6 hours ago
USF faces a reality as it prepares to consolidate: This is going to be hard.

USF faces a reality as it prepares to consolidate: This is going to be hard.

TAMPA — All summer, while most students were gone, the University of South Florida has been toiling away on a blueprint for the complex merger of the USF System.Its three universities in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota will soon consolidate into o...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Austin Meadows among final wave of callups

Rays journal: Austin Meadows among final wave of callups

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays will get their first look at OF Austin Meadows when he joins them Thursday in Toronto as part of the final wave of callups.And based on what RHP Tyler Glasnow, a former Pirates and now Rays teammate, said, they're go...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office launches Facebook, Twitter accounts in Spanish

Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office launches Facebook, Twitter accounts in Spanish

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office now has Facebook and Twitter accounts in Spanish.The agency celebrated the official launch of the accounts on Wednesday. Sheriff Chad Chronister said the goal is to connect with an increasing number of...
Updated: 6 hours ago