Member Highlights
August 2019
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JVS Human Services Selected to Operate Career Centers in Detroit and Oakland County

JVS Human Services has been awarded contracts to operate career centers in two counties in metropolitan Detroit. The first center which will be a part of the America's Job Center Network will open up this summer offering career services, training and support services to youth and adults in North Oakland County Michigan. The second, in partnership with ResCare, a national workforce development provider, will be located in Detroit and will include the operation of a mobile workforce unit call center in partnership with Detroit at Work. 
JFCS Minneapolis Counselor and Program Manager Carole Cera named Social Worker of the Year

Carole Cera, a counselor and program manager with Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis , is celebrating 30 years with the agency this year and now she has another accomplishment to celebrate – she has been honored as the Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MN)! Learn more about Carole here .
JFCS Pittsburgh's Refugee & Immigrant Peer-Led Community Support Groups Recognized

Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh's Refugee and Immigrant Services Director Leslie Aizenman spoke at the Allegheny Health Network's (AHN) 2nd Annual Immigrant and Refugee Health Conference in Pittsburgh on July 17th. The conference focused on mental health.JFCS's Refugee & Immigrant Peer-led Community Support Groups, led by members of each community, are a model that helps newcomers meet friends, alleviate isolation and find community resources.The model is currently in its outcome research phase, but after five years the number of active groups has gone from 24 to 74, and has won excellence awards from the Jewish Healthcare and Fine Foundations.
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JFNA Funding Provides Gulf Coast Holocaust Survivors with new CHAI Program

Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been awarded funding from the JFNA’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care for the CHAI Program, which aims to decrease isolation and depression, and to enhance the quality of life among Holocaust Survivors. The CHAI program promotes relationship building through community activities like senior yoga and music therapy. The CHAI program enhances Gulf Coast JFCS’ existing services to Holocaust Survivors, which include home care, socialization, financial assistance, and help with obtaining restitution. The program supports 260 Survivors throughout Tampa Bay.  Learn more here .
JFS Dallas Announces New Fund to Assist with Infertility & Adoption

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas  has expanded to include a new service,  The Priya Jewish Reproduction Fund . This fund is designed to give financial support to Jewish couples to offset the cost associated with infertility or adoption. It was a thoughtful move from Dallas Jewish Community Foundation to JFS Dallas in order to offer the variety of mental health and social services to accompany this life-altering grant. The Priya Fund was established in 2009 by Annie and Rabbi David Glickman after their own struggle with infertility. In 2012, the Glickmans moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where another  branch of Priya  was established at Jewish Family Service of Greater Kansas City. Check out this  recent article  for more information.
JSSA to Provide Hospice Care

The Jewish Social Service Agency and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC), have announced a partnership to provide hospital-based hospice care. The new offering will allow patients with life-limiting illnesses, whose symptoms are unable to be managed in a typical home setting, the ability to receive around-the-clock medical care from a compassionate interdisciplinary healthcare team in a comfortable environment surrounded by their loved ones. Learn more here .
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Samost JFCS Hosts Information session for "On the Go" Transportation Program

Samost Jewish Family & Children's Service of Southern NJ organized a consultation, in late July, for their colleagues from Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, the Katz JCC, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Senior Housing & Healthcare Service, and The Saltzman Foundation to learn about Jewish Family Service of San Diego's "On the Go" transportation program. On the Go Program director Meredith Morgenroth did an amazing job of educating more than 30 staff, lay leaders, and Saltzman trustees about this tremendous service.   
JFCS Boston Updates Memory Cafe Toolkit

The Percolator Memory Café Network of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Boston has just completed an updated version of the Memory Cafe Toolkit . The original Toolkit, made available in 2016, has been downloaded by over 700 individuals across Massachusetts, the US, and in several other countries. The new Toolkit adds a section about inclusiveness. It provides examples of what various Massachusetts cafés are doing to serve café guests with specific needs, such as guests with younger onset dementia, as well as guests with hearing loss, or disabilities. It also discusses ways to make cafés inclusive and homey for people of varied linguistic/cultural backgrounds, and LGTBQIA+ guests. 
JEVS CIRC Program Helps Individuals Turn Their Lives Around

JEVS Human Services ' Community Integrated Recovery Center (CIRC) program is part of comprehensive Integrated Behavioral Health Services designed to assist individuals with mental illness by promoting wellness, socialization, independence, community integration, education and employment, all of which help participants like Corey achieve their goals for recovery. Read Corey's story here .
JFCS Northern NJ Club Ed Secures New School District

Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern NJ's Club Ed has secured a new afterschool program within the Palisades Park school district, starting in September, 2019. Club Ed provides afterschool programming for public school children in Northern NJ and continues to grow each year with over 1,000 students in the programs. It gives working parents (many of whom are members of immigrant families) the peace of mind to allow them to focus on their jobs knowing their kids are well-supervised and having fun.
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JFS Rochester Receives Three Year Grant to Implement Holistic Programming

Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Inc . is thrilled to have received a three-year grant from The William & Sheila Konar Foundation to implement an innovative model, providing holistic programming at an affordable housing complex Through a partnership with the Rochester Highlands, JFS will integrate social work, nursing, and wellness programming to support residents’ health and well being. Programming will also include on-site exercise classes, community gardening, educational opportunities, and activities for children. While programming will serve all residents, additional services will meet the cultural, traditional, and dietary needs of Jewish residents. JFS will conduct an evaluation documenting the impact of this innovative model on residents’ health and well being.
A Day in the Life of a JFS San Diego Immigration Attorney

Ever since he was 11 years old, Luis waned to be an attorney. Now he’s doing just that. In fall of 2018, he joined the Jewish Family Service of San Diego team as an immigration attorney who assists asylum-seeking families at the U.S-Mexico border. NJHSA member agency, HIAS captured a day-in-the-life of Luis. This video is an incredible snapshot of the work JFS San Diego does every day to protect the rights of immigrant families.
JCFS Chicago Engages Students to Refurbish Laptops for Online Job Search

Students involved in the Knapp School's technology program are working with Craig Nakamoto, Director of IT Services for Jewish Child and Family Service of Chicago , refurbishing laptops for clients of JVS Career & Employment who then use them for online job searches. Not only does this project connect family of services to help clients, it benefits Knapp students by furthering their IT skills and by giving them confidence to pursue science and technology-based careers. Learn more here .
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