June 2020 Newsletter
A message from Tim McCartney, interim director
The horrible and disturbing death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the continued ravaging of our country from the health and economic scourge of coronavirus are pushing many of us to feel angry, frustrated and overwhelmed.

I feel it every day. I hear it in peoples voices and see it in their eyes. I felt it during the height of the virus, and when I came here this weekend and walked the neighborhood around our building.

We at JFS exist to protect and assist the most vulnerable in our society in times of need. I want you to know that we know people are hurting and - as we have been for the last 75 years - we will be here for you during these troubled times.

We will be the bridge that connects those of you in need to the resources that can help with some of the despair you may be feeling. We will help you support your family and reconnect to work as well as be a part of helping our county rebound from pain brought on by these awful events.

We will do all these things in an equitable and respectful manner so that all in our community who need us know: We are here for you.
Stay safe, stay strong and stay together!!
Here's a new way to reach us
We know people have a lot of questions these days about the various benefits we offer.

So we wanted to make it easier for you to get answers and to send us documentation. You can now email us at to ask questions about your benefits or to submit applications or documentation requested by your worker. We are committed to providing a response to your case inquiry within 48 hours. 

Of course, our phone lines remain open daily 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call us at 513-946-1000.
Join us in wearing purple June 15
Please join us June 15 in wearing purple to call attention to elder abuse and prevention.

Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

Wear your purple and show us on social media with #hamcowearspurple.
Bryson is an engaging boy. He likes playing outside, bike riding, drawing/art and building with Legos. He loves one-on-one time with an adult – cooking, planting flowers, playing games or anything where he can be the helper. His favorite characters are the Minions, but he wonders if he’s getting too old to like them.

He likes country and pop music and regularly asks his foster mom to turn on the radio so he can sing along.  

Bryson is a GREAT eater and will try anything at least once. He’s never met a sweet treat that he won’t eat. He likes everything with sauce – like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken with BBQ sauce, eggs with ketchup and salad with ranch.  
He is very proud of the work he does at school. He maintains As and Bs. He is smart, notices everything, learns quickly and remembers what he has learned.

Bryson would like to have a pet of his own and likes cats and dogs. He wants to love on them so much he sometimes forgets to not crowd them. 

He would do best as the youngest or only child in the home. He loves playing with other children. He would benefit from a strong male role model. 

Check out his video on
Honoring our grads in foster care
Our annual Celebration of Dreams event for high school graduates in foster care can't take place June 4 as originally scheduled. But we still are planning to celebrate and honor our grads in as big a way as possible.

If you know of a teen in foster care or independent living who is graduating from high school this year, please send us the teen's name and contact information.

We still hope to have some kind of event for these young people who so deserve it. But while we wait to figure that out, we're collecting photos and videos for an online tribute.