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Resources to Assist You During COVID-19

Below are some resources that you may find useful during this challenging time. 

Page updated April 28, 2021

 

Assistance With Needs Related to Winter Storm Uri

Many people in our community have been adversely affected by winter storms in Central Texas. Please let our temple office know if you are experiencing difficulties.

You may wish to contact Jewish Family Service at Shalom Austin for the following programs (see more details about these and other programs on the JFS website).

How to Get Help:

Storm Relief Emergency Financial Assistance--contribute to the fund or request assistance

Hebrew Free Loan of Austin--If you are experiencing an emergency or will need significant home repairs post-severe weather and need assistance, Hebrew Free Loan of Austin has interest free loans of $500 for emergencies (no guarantor needed) and up to $7000 general loans available. Email operations@hfla.org for more information.

Food Assistance

  • If you are willing to fulfill a community member’s grocery needs by contacting them before you go to the store, purchasing (and being paid back for) their groceries and delivering them, sign up here.
  • If you are unable to grocery shop for yourself or you are in a high-risk health category and do not feel safe entering a busy store,  sign up here and Jewish Family Service will connect you to a volunteer in your neighborhood.
  • JFS also operates a food pantry that delivers non-perishable bags of food to individuals monthly. To be added to the JFS food pantry recipient list, email Arielle Levy.

 

How to Give Help:

If you are able, please consider making a donation to the following:

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Sign Up for a Vaccine

Call 512-972-5560 or visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19-Vaccines to register for a COVID-19 vaccine through Austin Public Health (APH). You do not need to live within Austin city limits or Travis County to sign up for a vaccine with APH. Registration does not mean that you will be scheduled for a vaccine immediately, but it will add you to the system and you will get notified when an appointment is available.

Need assistance with signing up? Please contact the temple office.

Transportation to Vaccination Appointments

Capital Metro is offering free curb-to-curb transportation service to COVID-19 vaccination appointments for those who need it. Service is available within the current MetroAccess ADA service area. Please call Capital Metro at 512-369-6050 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to request your trip at least one day in advance. For more information, visit their website at capmetro.org/vaccine-access.  

Drive a Senior also provides free transportation support for vaccine appointments. You can contact the Central Texas agency at 512-445-5552 or find more information about different Drive a Senior agencies in our area at driveasenior.org.

General Information About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Find more information about the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being administered in the U.S. from the CDC. You may also watch this video from John Hopkins Medicine about COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness. Please call the CDC at 800-232-4636 if you have any additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pastoral Meetings

Our clergy are fully engaged in serving the pastoral needs of our members as well as the temple community generally. During this time, we are happy to arrange individual appointments with clergy by video or phone. To arrange an individual appointment, simply contact us online or call 512-735-8912. 

Financial Assistance

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Austin provides interest-free loans to Jewish borrowers in the greater Austin area. At this time, they are only considering loans for those in our community impacted by the effects of coronavirus. They are currently accepting Personal Loan Applications for up to $3,000 with one guarantor to ensure repayment. ACH repayment will be required through your bank account after a 90-day grace period, followed by 18 equal monthly payments. See more info.

RENT (Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants)
The City of Austin is providing resources for those in need of rent assistance. Learn more here.

Groceries and Other Essentials

Helping Hands Delivery coordinates free delivery of needed items during this time of physical distancing. Free delivery by volunteers is available for individuals who are over 60 or immunocompromised. Healthy individuals are encouraged to volunteer to deliver. Learn about the program.

HEB Grocery Delivery for Seniors (age 60+) offers orders of supplies and groceries from a curated list over the phone or online through the Favor delivery website and app. The line will be staffed with volunteers to accept and process home delivery orders via phone daily from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. All fees will be waived for the first 30 days with a $10 tip included in the order for the Favor runner, who will personally shop and deliver the items. To access the Senior Support phone line, call 1-833-397-0080. See further details and instructions.

Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services delivers critical food items from a fully-stocked donated food pantry. Contact the JFS office at jfs@shalomaustin.org or 512-250-1043 for more information.

Mental Health, Addiction, Domestic Abuse

Jewish Family Services offers telehealth counseling sessions. JFS provides a sliding fee scale for people whose coverage they aren’t able to accept or for those who may not have current coverage. For more information about our sliding scale, please contact us at jfs@shalomaustin.org or (512) 250-1043.

Seniors: How Seniors Can Stay Virtually Connected With Loved Ones. An article with 10 ways to connect through technology.

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is providing online mental health resources, classes, and support groups for adults living with mental health conditions, their caregivers and family members. Check out their support and education opportunities on the NAMI website.

Nursing License Map
With information about sleep, movement, healthy eating, and support services, Nursing License Map is full of resources and ideas for staying healthy and grounded in this time of upheaval.

Psych Hub has pulled together resources for navigating and accessing mental health services in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Crisis Support Response Coalition (PCSRC)
Access mental health support services for everyone, including specific information about accessing mental health resources for COVID first responders and health care workers. 

Big & Mini
Access this platform designed by University of Texas at Austin students designed to reduce senior and youth isolation while providing mentorship and mutual friendship. Developed in response to the increased loneliness and separation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, their goal of developing connections across generations and allowing for easier volunteering is everlasting.

Rehab4addiction
Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health. An article about guarding mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ark Behavioral Health
Access information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use; a list of mental health and addiction resources; frequently asked questions about telehealth; caring for a loved one who is struggling.

Addiction

Austin Recovery offers intensive outpatient, supportive outpatient, and individual counseling. Financial options are available. Contact 512-697-8600; info@austinrecovery.org

Addiction/Substance Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP

Addiction Center: COVID Drug Rehab: www.addictioncenter.com/community/traveling-to-rehab-during-covid-19/

Addiction Intervention: https://addictionintervention.com/blog/

Addiction Treatment Division www.addictiontreatmentdivision.org

Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org

Alcohol Rehab Help: https://alcoholrehabhelp.org/treatment/php/

Alcohol Withdrawal Information (and other types of addition) from RehabSpot: https://www.rehabspot.com/alcohol/Withdrawal/

Co-Dependents Anonymous: www.coda.org

Gamblers Anonymous: 1-800-GAMBLER/1-626-960-3500

Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org

Overeaters Anonymous: www.oa.org

Sexual Addiction Anonymous: www.sa.org

Domestic Abuse

SAFE Austin exists to stop abuse for everyone by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and domestic violence. Contact www.safeaustin.org24-hr SAFEline--512.267.SAFE (7233);  Text: 737.888.7233


National Domestic Violence Hotline: www.thehotline.org/help/, 1-800-799-7233; 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

During this time of social distancing, don’t find yourself disconnected from your temple community. There are several important volunteer opportunities that you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home. Browse current opportunities.

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