-- WHAT'S NEW FROM JFS --
WINTER 2021

This quarter's theme: RESILIENCE

We've made it through 2020! (breathe in...breathe out). Jewish Family Service wants to wish you and your family a wonderful start to 2021. To celebrate the New Year, we have put together a couple of resources, articles and tips to get us through this time of new beginnings. We hope that, the same way we start getting a bit more sun every day that passes, our lives start getting back to normal slowly but surely.

P.S.: This newsletter began as a way to stay connected with our community members who might be needing some help while navigating the changes that COVID-19 brought with it. Because we've had such a positive response, we plan to keep it going, even post-covid, by delivering them quarterly instead of monthly.

Thank you for tagging along as we discovered a new way to stay in touch with you!
[...] My first reflection was, of the goals that I set for myself in 2020, prior to the pandemic, did I reach any of them?  What happened to them as March, 2020 hit and turned our lives upside down? How did I have to pivot as I began to work from home and as my time of caring for others quadrupled (family, friends, neighbors and therapy clients)?  This time quickly became a time of uncertainty. None of us knew what was happening as things were changing at what felt like light speed. I won’t revisit all of that….we have 10 months of knowing what that was like. To be honest with you, most of my longer-term goals for the year went by the wayside as I moved to a day-to-day approach.... READ FULL ARTICLE
How RESILIENT are you?

This is an abbreviated version of the Nicholson McBride Resilience Questionnaire (NMRQ). For each question, score yourself between 1 and 5, where 1 = strongly disagree and 5 = strongly agree. Be honest: understanding the specific areas in which you lack resilience will enable you to get the most out of our 10 point booster plan. [CLICK ON IMAGE]
Parent's corner:
5 Ways to Help Your Child Build Resilience

You may not always be able to protect children from life's challenges.But you can help them learn to bounce back after a rough time, to become more resilient.
Here are 5 ways to help your child build resilience.
The Importance of Resilience

According to the research of leading psychologist, Susan Kobasa, there are three elements that are essential to resilience:

  1. Challenge – Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from, and as opportunities for growth. They don't view them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-worth.
  2. Commitment – Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals, and they have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment isn't just restricted to their work – they commit to their relationships, their friendships, the causes they care about, and their religious or spiritual beliefs.
  3. Personal Control – Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they have control over. Because they put their efforts where they can have the most impact, they feel empowered and confident. Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless, and powerless to take action.
What else is new?
RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Parenting the Love and Logic WayⓇ 

Parenting classes for SPRING 2021 are set for March 25, April 1, 22 and 29 2021. CLICK TO REGISTER
JFS is offering Virtual Counseling ONLY
until further notice.

As COVID-19 cases rise in Omaha, our office has transitioned to working remotely again. Our therapists continue to see clients over Zoom, a practice we have taken on since March 2020.

Please call our office at 402-330-2024 to make an appointment.
Have you lost your job due to COVID-19?
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  • For Scholarship Assistance, call Diane Walker at 402-334-6551
  • For impacted JFO employees, call HR at 402-334-6435
  • For impacted Jewish Community members, please call Linda Cogen, Assistance Coordinator, at 402-334-6493

We are here for you!
JFS IN NUMBERS
  • For Back to School 2020, JFS served 38 children, compared to 29 in 2019 and 18 in 2018.

  • In the year 2020 and as of 12/31/20, JFS answered 152 requests of COVID-19 Emergency Relief for a total of $47,949 , helping families have food on their table, pay their rent and other bills.
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