In this issue of e-directions, you will find our 2017 Annual Report, which is also on its way to your home, tucked inside our Directions newsletter. I hope you will read the magazine cover to cover, or at least browse the stories and check out the pictures. There is always so much to report! You’ll see our healthy financial outlook and how we budget responsibly in order to serve more than 14,000 people yearly. You’ll also find stories about our talented staff, our dedicated volunteers, our innovative programming, and of course, our new home.

Introducing our Next Century Home: So Much to be Thankful For!
After years of discussion, planning and eventually packing, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) reached its long-awaited goal at the end of February – moving into its first “forever home” – just a few weeks after its 108th birthday! Amid the moving trucks, boxes, and other excitement, staff members got their first look at the finished building and their new offices. It was an exciting moment for all involved.

Next Century Home Lead Sponsor: The Stillman Family Foundation
All are welcome to our community celebration in our new Golden Valley home!

Tuesday, May 8
5905 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley
4-6 p.m.

Program will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Building tours will be available after the program

Join us for a special program, awards presentation, recognition of The Stillman Family Foundation, guided tours and light refreshments (dietary laws observed).

Guests of all ages are welcome to participate in creating a community art project that will be permanently installed in our new home! 

Volunteer at the Community Celebration Ribbon Cutting
Be a part of JFCS history by helping out at the May 8 Ribbon-Cutting With Heart! Volunteers are needed to help greet and direct guests, organize tour groups, and more. Multiple shifts are open between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to both volunteer and enjoy the event.

Please contact Erica Solomon at with any questions, or to sign up to volunteer. 
JFCS Counseling Now Has a State-of-the-Art Home
JFCS was proud to offer the highest quality of care in counseling and other mental health services at its previous location. Nevertheless, when JFCS moved into its Minnetonka location in 1998, it had to use the building as it existed and work its programs and services into the space. As a result, our therapists’ offices didn’t have all the amenities our staff would have picked if they were designing the building from scratch.

However, that is exactly what our staff was able to do when designing our space in the new building.

Counseling Founding Sponsor: Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation
The JFCS Next Century Campaign:
Building on our history. Innovating for the future.
When you give to the Next Century Campaign, your support ensures that JFCS will remain at the forefront of bettering people’s lives for the next century.

You can designate your gift to one or both of the Next Century Campaign funds:

Building Operations Fund
Your gift provides funds for the construction, furnishing and efficient operation of the building, as well as creating a critical Capital Repair and Replacement Fund.

Program Innovation Fund
Your gift provides the funds necessary for JFCS to proactively prepare for emerging and future needs of the Jewish and broader communities and respond with innovative programs and services that ensure our commitment to help every child, adult and family thrive, grow and succeed.

Your gift of any size contributes to our vision of a strong community. With heartfelt gratitude, thank you!

>If you have questions please contact Dana Rubin.

Freedom From Addiction Seder
Sponsored by the Jewish Recovery Network and JFCS, this special alcohol-free Seder and Recovery experience is wonderful, warm, and nourishing for the spirit as well as the body. The event will feature songs, stories and recovery themes from the JRN Haggadah, along with a full Seder meal.

Monday, April 2
6-9 p.m. Seder (Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Beth El Synagogue, 5225 W. Barry St., St. Louis Park
Cost: $25 per person (Children under 10: $10)

Rx For a Successful Doctor Visit
By Annette Sandler, JFCS Aging Services Director, and Victor Sandler, MD

As people age, going to the doctor can become more of a challenge. Individuals might have multiple things that are causing health issues. It can be overwhelming to prepare for a doctor’s visit, thinking about everything you want to ask him/her. For this reason, AARP has put together a checklist of items people can do to “Prepare For a Successful Doctor’s Visit.”

JFCS Aging Services Care Coordinators can go to doctor’s appointments with clients, listen to the doctor and communicate the results with family members. They can also take notes and help clients understand their medication lists. If a client does not require a Care Coordinator in the doctor’s office, JFCS also offers Curb to Curb transportation service. For more information call 952-546-0616.

Aging Services sponsor: Kelen Family Foundation
Transportation Founding Sponsors: The Deikel Family Foundation, The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging Sponsors: The Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation, Kelen Family Foundation, Stevens Square Foundation
JFCS 2017 Annual Report
Each year JFCS serves thousands in the community in the areas of Aging Services, Career Services, Children and Family Services, Community Engagement, and Counseling and Mental Health Support Services. Our Annual Report provides an opportunity to share our scorecard with you, tell our story and provide some of the highlights in these program areas from the past year.

Coming up: National Volunteer Week is April 15-21
National Volunteer Week, sponsored by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. JFCS has a week of surprises in store to give the
870-plus volunteers that supported us over the past year the recognition they so deserve. Have you volunteered for JFCS recently? Keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun surprises, special opportunities for volunteers, and the chance to win prizes all week! 
Upcoming Events: Please Join Us
JFCS Volunteer Puppy Parade
Sunday, Mar. 25 @ 2 p.m.

Passing our Stories On:
Freedom and Liberation in the LGBTQ Jewish Community
Sunday, April 8 @ 2-4:30 p.m.
Folks of all faiths and traditions welcome!

Good Deeds Day Celebration with PJ Library & JFCS NextGen
Sunday, April 15 @ 2-4 p.m.

Join PJ Library at “Israel at 70”
Sunday, April 22 @ 4 p.m.
Picture This:
JFCS NextGen Rocks Hag Sameach
On March 13, young adult participants of JFCS NextGen and Moishe House Twin Cities teamed up to volunteer for Passover Hag Sameach. The group’s goal was to set up the materials needed for another shift of volunteers to assemble bags of ritual foods, but they were so productive that they went on to assemble 117 of the bags all in just one hour! Thank you to these rock star volunteers!

NextGen sponsor: Cindy and Perry Witkin
Hag Sameach Lead Sponsor: Clara Ruth Kaner Children’s Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation
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