August 2019 Newsletter
Throwback Orlando
 A Reunion of Orlando Friends
Saturday, October 19
7 to 10 pm
Second Harvest Food Bank (411 Mercy Drive, Orlando)
Celebrate the past, present, and future. Everyone, whether you grew up in Orlando or not, is invited to join us for a reunion of friends hosted by JFS Orlando. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, great friends and memories! Dress is smart casual.
Limited space available. Reservations and prepayment necessary!
The event is hosted by JFS Orlando; catering and event space provided by Second Harvest Food Bank. All proceeds benefit both organizations.
RSVP by October 4
Summer Family FUNdraiser Final Results
July 1-31, 2019
Thank you for supporting our Summer Family FUNdraiser ! Your generosity will support life-changing Family Stabilization Program services, including:
Coffee Connections
August 29, 2019
Looking to partner, volunteer, or support JFS Orlando? Get to know us up close and personal by taking a tour of our center and hearing about the people we've helped!

Join us for coffee, a light breakfast, and a tour at our next Coffee Connections on Thursday, August 29th at 8AM.

The Kehillah Exhibit is Now Online!
Learn more about the history of JFS and Orlando Jewish history by visiting the new online Kehillah exhibit. Thank you to our friends on the Kehillah task force for your amazing efforts in putting together this resource that not only records but commemorates the impact the Jewish community has had on Central Florida.

The Power of Giving:
Counseling, Growth and Development Program
JFS Orlando's Counseling, Growth and Development program strives to keep its clients needs at the center. With a growing number of clients and a focus on current mental health needs at both a local and national level, the program is always improving.
JFS is proud to welcome four new mental health counselors to the counseling team:
Derick Chappell, MA –
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Caroline Given, MSW – 
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Shannon Hargrave, LMHC –
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Jason Krause, MA –
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
For counselor bios and information on how to schedule a counseling appointment, visit the Counseling, Growth and Development webpage .
In addition to adding new counselors, this summer JFS Orlando’s mental health counselors and front-line staff received suicide prevention training through the Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (FINS) Project.
On average, one person dies by suicide every three hours in the state of Florida. In fact, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in the state.
( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2017)
FINS is a collaborative partnership between the University of Central Florida, Advent Health, the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, and the University of South Florida to build upon Florida’s comprehensive suicide prevention plan. The FINS Project was designed to enhance services to reach at-risk populations and ensure that adults, ages 25 and up, receive timely and appropriate services. 

Staff from the FINS Project worked with JFS to develop a strategy for suicide prevention and intervention, which will be implemented immediately agency-wide. The project, which consisted of four trainings, taught non-clinical staff gatekeeper skills to detect if someone might be suicidal; and clinical therapists how to conduct suicide risk assessments, safety plans, care coordination services, and, for select therapists, even clinical training to treat suicidal clients.
Many times patients in emergency rooms do not have access to therapists who are properly trained in suicide prevention. The FINS Project is aiming to build a system-wide approach where agencies partner together to ensure that care transitions are taking place between agencies. FINS Care Coordinators at Advent Health will be connecting with the clinical therapist team at JFS Orlando to help ensure continuity of care for clients/patients.

JFS is proud to have participated in the FINS Project and is grateful for this vital training that was provided at no cost to the agency thanks to the project’s collaborators and supporters.
Mental health in the Orlando community is more critical than ever! JFS Orlando needs your help to continue programs like counseling.
Volunteer Spotlight:
The Gift of Time
Pamela Wittenstein

Pamela is one of JFS Orlando’s newest volunteers. Originally from Indianapolis, she moved to Florida in 2015 and later to Orlando in 2017 to be closer to her husband’s family. Before retiring...

Beyond the
Counseling Couch
How to Relate to Your Child During Back to School Time
By Brenda Chappell, LMHC –
JFS Licensed Counselor

When the school year begins, children can experience excitement for their new grade, fears of peers and fitting in, or the dread of homework and tests. This is not too dissimilar to...

Grant Funder's Corner: Thank You!
Thank you to the following funders for supporting JFS Orlando in July:
•  Emergency Food and Shelter Program—Orange County
Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
•  Emergency Food and Shelter Program—Seminole County
Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
•  M&T Weiner Foundation
General operating expenses
•  Wawa Foundation
Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry
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