JFS Perspectives

Guiding Sara Through Her Grief

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Guiding Sara Through Her Grief

Upon meeting her young male therapist at JFS, “Sara,” asked him, “How can a young gentile man understand the complexities of the grief and depression of an older Jewish woman who has lost her husband after more than 55 years of marriage?” And with that, their therapeutic relationship began! 

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High Holiday Service Video

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Since the Jewish Family Service (JFS) volunteer para-chaplains are not able to lead services in residential communities for older adults this year, we created a High Holiday video service for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video, which is a combined and abbreviated Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur service, is easy to follow, filled with beautiful music and shofar blowing, and can be watched all at once or split during the two holidays.  

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​Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
​Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

Thank you to all our Direct Support Providers at all SHALOM Denver sites who work hard every day to keep individuals with disabilities healthy and safe. Direct Support Providers are among the heroes during this pandemic and deserve to be recognized for their selfless dedication. 

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Fall 2020 Family Matters

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Fall 2020 Family Matters

In the Fall 2020 issue of Family Matters, learn more about how our KidSuccess therapists are helping kids transition back to school, see how we are responding to the increased demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic, save the date for our upcoming virtual Faces of JFS event, learn about our Refugee Mental Health program, and more. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the full issue

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The Importance of Mental Health Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Monday, September 14, 2020
The Importance of Mental Health Services for Immigrants and Refugees

According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are more refugees and forcibly displaced migrants today, than at any other time in history. They need our help and support more than ever.

Many individuals have sought shelter or a safer life here in America, but after crossing seas and borders, most immigrants and refugees still have a long way to go before they’ve fully adjusted to their new life. They’ve likely endured psychological trauma in the past, and as a new immigrant, they will likely face more in the future.

Mental health providers play an enormous role in helping migrant children and families settle into their new communities and make sense of any challenges they may face. Many refugees need treatment to recover from physical abuse, untreated health conditions, trauma, stress, cultural demands, discrimination, fear, and uncertainty. Unfortunately, many immigrants who need mental health services the most are unable to access them due to financial limitations or language barriers.

At Jewish Family Service, we provide accessible mental health services for underserved refugees who have settled in Colorado. We believe it’s vital that we come together to support displaced families during these trying times.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Impact on Immigrants and Refugees

 

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KidSuccess: Preparing for Back to School

Friday, September 11, 2020
KidSuccess: Preparing for Back to School

KidSuccess is an innovative program in which trained JFS therapists work in Denver-area schools, providing children and adolescents access to quality counseling services. 

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Partner Spotlight: JEWISHcolorado

Friday, September 04, 2020
Partner Spotlight: JEWISHcolorado

JEWISHcolorado has been a generous partner of JFS for many years, and currently supports the chaplaincy program and the operation of the Kosher Meals program. Through their COVID-19 Community Response Fund, they have provided $147,500 in vital funding for the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry and emergency financial assistance for the Jewish community to prevent homelessness across Colorado. JFS has also received $80,000 from extremely generous JEWISHcolorado Donor Advised Fund holders to support our COVID-19 relief efforts. The services we have provided during the pandemic would not be possible without their incredible support.  

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Jewish Family Service of Colorado Selected for Year Two of the Jewish Poverty Challenge

Monday, August 31, 2020

Following a North American call for submissions and an exhaustive selection process, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) has been chosen by The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) for participation in Year Two of its NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge, an offering of the Network’s Center for Innovation and Research. The goal of the program is to help NJHSA member agencies better analyze the marketplace, launch and manage solutions, and implement sustainable measures for success to address the many dynamics associated with responding to Jewish Poverty.  

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Christina’s Welfare to Work Success Story

Monday, August 24, 2020

Domestic violence, stalking, custody battles. That was Christina Sharman’s life a year ago. She was trying to raise her young son, find a job, and get off welfare. Unfortunately, due to a difficult relationship with her child’s father and challenging custody exchange schedule, she could not find a job that allowed her to work irregular hours. She was referred to JFS’s Colorado Works Employment Assistance program in September 2019 to help her surmount these challenges.  

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Support Our High Holiday Food Donation Drive

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Weinberg Food Pantry has experienced a 400% increase in demand for service and has distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food and supplies. Please support our efforts to help the vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the High Holiday Food Drive. While most of us aren't able to go to synagogue for the High Holidays this year, there are several ways you can help. Below is a list of our most needed items.  

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