October 14, 2020
CONNECTIONS
You don't want to miss
this exciting event!
Please join Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County for a virtual night on Broadway!


This one-night only concert will feature Broadway talent, many of whom graduated from the U-M Musical Theatre program, sharing their voices
to support the important work we
do for the community.

All proceeds benefit
JFS of Washtenaw County.
Thank you for your support!
Save the date!
Our kind friends at York Ann Arbor - Wine Garden, Bar, & Specialty Food Shop are holding a pierogi party on Oct. 23, from 5-8 pm, to benefit the JFS and Eastern Michigan food pantries. Pietrzyk Pierogi not only makes insanely delicious pierogies, they also partner with local schools and organizations that support underserved populations. Supporting them means supporting our community.
Amazon Prime Day is TODAY!
You shop. Amazon gives.
There is no additional cost to JFS or the customer. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases to JFS.
Meet JFS' Newest Staff Members
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is thrilled to welcome more new staff members. We are glad to have them on the team!
Gavin Lawrence, Food Pantry Assistant
Prior to joining JFS, Gavin spent time with the U.S. Navy. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and anything outdoor related. Gavin's favorite thing about fall is hunting.
Sarah Russman, WISE Case Manager
Prior to joining JFS, Sarah worked at Catholic Social Services as a Resource Advocate in the Senior Services Program. She is an avid dog walker and her favorite part about fall is the sound of leaves cracking under her hiking boots!
CORRECTION:
Kevin Nguyen is our new IT Assistant (not the Youth Program Assistant)
October is Emotional Wellness Month
Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.
How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. How you react to your experiences and feelings can change over time.
The National Institute of Health offers this Emotional Wellness Checklist.
The Amster Center offers employee training programs on emotional wellness. Weaving well-being into the culture of your organization has been proven to  produce profound results for your employees, your clients, and your bottom line. 
As joyous as the upcoming holiday season can be, it can also bring the potential for extra pressures and stress. During this time of year, the best places to work make extra efforts to remind every staff member that he or she is safe and secure at work, even when the rest of the world seems chaotic. 
The Amster Center offers training on Holiday Stress Management & Seasonal Affective Disorder. This training will identify common holiday stress triggers and introduce strategies to manage mood and energy.
When employees feel safe, they become emotionally connected to their co-workers, and the organization. Regardless of the fact that safe work environments generate significantly higher levels of engagement, productivity, and revenue, building this culture is the right thing to do.
Contact us for more information.