Member Highlights
September 2019
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JFS Columbus Offers Career Help for Laid Off Professionals

Jewish Family Services of Columbus' tagline is "We're not for everybody. Oh wait, yes we are." And with that, JFS Columbus, largely involved in workforce issues, continues to help job seekers find work.The program for professionals includes career counseling, weekly workshops and visits by industry professionals who speak about recruitment and hiring. Continue reading here.
JFCS Minneapolis PJ Library Program Receives Grant to Fund Parent Connector Positions

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis received a PJ Library Implementing Partner Engagement Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to expand and deepen engagement opportunities for families raising Jewish children. The grant will fund two parent connectors, who will lead bi-weekly gatherings for families with children ages 0-2 starting this fall. 
JVS SoCal Receives Grant to Reduce Recidivism

JVS SoCal is thrilled to have received a 42- month grant from California’s Board of State and Community Corrections to be the lead agency in a partnership with nonprofit Defy Ventures to increase post-release success and reduce recidivism among individuals being released from state prison facilities.This program will prepare people to succeed in the workforce and assist them to rejoin their communities with sustaining-wage employment, increasing their opportunities to establish stability and achieve both personal and professional goals.
Sahar’s Farewell Project

As part of The Jerusalem Hills Therapeutic Centers' Sahar group's separation process, a committee consisting of children, accompanied by staff members, was formed, which was responsible for their farewell project. The committee chose to spruce up the metal trashcans that are placed around the Home by painting them in bright colors and cartoon images. All the kids who love to paint took part in the project, which turned trashcans into works of art for the groups staying in the Home. In addition, each child and staff member made a sign with their own name. All the signs were hung on the wooden house near the cottages.
JFS Psychiatry Launches to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Seniors 

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services is committed to relieving the stress and what many call a shortage of mental health professionals for seniors. To combat this issue, JFS recently launched the JFS Psychiatry Program. Recent funding will allow JFS to hire a full-time psychiatrist (with a focus on seniors) within the program and offer services on a sliding scale – meaning patients will pay what they can. Learn more here.
JFS St. Paul Offers Tele-Counseling

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul JFS has offers the grant-funded PEARLS ( Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives ) program to older adults facing low mood and/or depression. Recently, a new component was added to PEARLS: tele-counseling. Utilizing video conferencing software on iPads, PEARLS counselors can deliver HIPPA-compliant counseling to clients and/or their caregivers outside of the Twin Cities, in the Twin Cities, and those who prefer this delivery method. The iPad, loaded with the software and built in 3G internet service, is provided free. Learn more here .
JAAN Offers Jewish Cultural Sensitivity Training Course

The Jewish Awareness Addiction Network's innovative Jewish Cultural Sensitivity Training course is designed to give addiction treatment professionals - including physicians, therapists, chemical dependency counselors, and general treatment program staff members - practical, real-world tools. The training provides essential insights and resources they can use to develop more effective treatment plans, and improve outcomes for their Jewish clients. The curriculum and pilot program were fully funded by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Orange County (California), and developed in collaboration with Rabbi Paul Steinberg.
JFS Ottawa Awarded Capacity
Building Grant

The Jewish Federation of Ottawa   recently awarded  Jewish Family Services of Ottawa  with a capacity building grant to help build their new strategic plan. This 5-year strategic plan will guide JFS to deliver the most efficient and valuable supports to the community.
TampaBay Job Links Moves to New Office

TampaBay-Job-Links celebrated their move to new office space, by hosting an open house at the  Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce  ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
New Evening Food Bank Hours Remove Barriers

Jewish Family Service of Seattle's Polack Food Bank fills a critical need for many in the community. Open several days a week, it provides healthy food to thousands of households each year. But there are a few segments of the population the Food Bank hasn’t been able to fully serve–including working parents and college students. That will change when the Polack Food Bank adds evening hours to its schedule early next year. Learn more here .
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