A program dedicated to helping provide counseling, food and services to those struggling, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, has expanded it's offices.
Jewish Family Services of Western North Carolina has moved to a larger space on South French Broad Avenue.
The nonprofit has three licensed clinical social workers giving mental health counseling with fees covered by Medicare. The center also uses a sliding pay scale based on what patients can afford.
"Our mental health counseling program has really grown in the past year and a half. In our old space, we struggled to fit everyone in. Now, we have an extra therapy room. So, once we're back in the office, we'll be able to take advantage of that," the nonprofit's executive director Jessica Whitehill said.
The center also has a food pantry and works with MANNA FoodBank to stay well supplied in an effort to help families in need.
The need for mental health services has grown and the food pantry saw an increase of 300% in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said in a news release.
Anyone in need of counseling or social services may call the agency.
Although JFS programs and services continue to be offered online during the pandemic, community members facing food insecurity may pick up food pantry items in a safe, socially distanced manner by calling 828-253-2900. The same number may be used for inquiries about all other services, including Healing Solutions Counseling at JFS.