Social Work Services
Missy Jacobs, LSW
Zeller Social Worker
Missy Jacobs is the Zeller Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Synagogue Social Work consultant at Congregation Agudath Israel. Initiated as a pilot program in 2007, the goal of the Coalition is to integrate mental health and social services support into the culture of the synagogue.
Her role is to provide consultation, training and direct social work services to the institution's entire synagogue community, including staff, lay leaders, volunteers and members. The types of services provided are for crisis intervention, time-limited counseling, case management, information and referral, mutual support groups (such as bereavement, caregivers, and single parent), and community education programs.
Through this affiliation, JFS is able to extend its professional resources to help CAI respond to an array of lifecycle needs expressed by their membership.
As the face of MetroWest Missy serves as a resource for all types of social work needs beyond the walls of the temple.
Some specific examples of ways in which Missy has helped congregants has been through the following:
• A member who had been living down in Florida came back to NJ and her husband suddenly began to show symptoms of dementia. She needed support so she called the Rabbi who then asked me to follow up. I spoke to the member and she wanted to find a home health aide who could spend time with her husband while she attended her daily chores. I introduced her to an agency that immediately called to set up an assessment and has since placed someone in the home to help out a couple of hours a week.
• Another member came to me for counseling because she was having marital and financial troubles. After a couple of counseling sessions I referred her for 1) a transition support group led by my colleague at another participating synagogue in the coalition and 2) a JFS MetroWest program that combines mental health counseling with vocational services coordinated by Jewish Vocational Services.
It is important that you know all conversations and interactions are treated as private and confidential. Please do not hesitate to stop by her office to introduce yourself.