All Together Now
The more she learned about JFS, the more impressed she was. When asked to serve on the marketing committee, she accepted. Soon after, she joined the board. Now, almost fifteen years later, Robin looks back from her position as president of JFS, and says it's the continuum of care that makes JFS special. If a family walks in to use the food pantry, the parents can find job placement assistance, the kids can get counseling, and the grandparents can take advantage of the gerontology services. There are family violence programs, case management, and emergency assistance outreach. They provide emotional and social support for people in need, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or ability to pay. JFS is one of only two North Texas agencies accredited by the National Council on Accreditation.
Robin was president-elect for two years and is reaching the end of her two-year term as president. She oversees an agency materially different from the one she first photographed for that ad campaign. Hurricanes Katrina and Ike and the worst financial situation in recent memory have created greater need and, at the same time, greater opportunity, but the biggest impact of these crises has been in the number and intricacy of collaborations. JFS currently provides mental health counseling services in partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The JFS food pantry is affiliated with North Texas Food Bank, and a new second food pantry in the Vickery Meadow area is a collaboration with several partners including Catholic Charities. A program called Weaving Webs of Womanhood in city middle schools helps mothers of girls between 9 and 12 improve bonds with their daughters.
Robin's phone never stops ringing these days. Her hard work and commitment are evident. When she speaks of the over 7000 clients served by the various programs last year, she expresses the heart of the agency, not just the services and policies.