JFS Perspectives

Summer 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Summer 2019 Family Matters

The Summer 2019 issue of Family Matters focuses on mental health. Learn more about play therapy, counseling for older adults, school violence, work stress, and how JFS therapists are helping children in schools. Also check out information about past and upcoming events and meet our volunteer of the year. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

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Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

In recognition of Mental Health Month, this article addresses a common form of stress for Americans which can lead to significant mental health problems—work stress. 

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The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Throughout my almost 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have had the honor of providing counseling services to older adults and, at times, their families. Traditionally, our counseling services for older adults have offered support and expertise around life transitions that come with aging, which may include grief, loss, social isolation, sadness, depression, and/or anxiety. We are eager to support our clients through these valid challenges. 

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School Violence: There is Hope

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
School Violence: There is Hope

The headlines appear almost daily—another school shooting. It’s enough to strike fear in the heart of every parent, grandparent, and school-age child. We have new data that shows school violence is linked not only to mental health problems, but to physical health problems and risk-taking behavior, including drug and alcohol use. We see connections between bullying, victimization, fighting, and school violence. 

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Play Therapy for Young Children

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Play Therapy for Young Children

Imagine being a young child and wanting to communicate but not having the vocabulary. Maybe you’ve been through trauma, maybe you struggle with emotional regulation, or maybe you worry frequently. 

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Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

At 10 years old, Grace Allen is smart, inquisitive, and loves to learn. Her big, warm smile complements her obvious desire to engage. Her favorite subject is math, with science a close second. Her dream is to become a baker (she loves cookies) or maybe a doctor. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to figure all that out.  

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From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Another school shooting. Multiple teen suicides. A woman obsessed with the Columbine tragedy threatens Colorado schools. The number of instances is growing. Sadly, this is our new reality and so many of us are at loss as to what to do. 

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Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

For the past 11 years, Evan Silverman has been a fixture at JFS, volunteering in 12 different capacities and logging more than 550 hours of service. Whether it’s distributing lunches aboard the Lunchbox Express, serving older adults kosher meals at the JCC, or stuffing envelopes, Evan gives his all to support the mission of JFS and the people it serves. 

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Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Lunchbox Express, a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), will begin providing free summer lunches through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program on May 28. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings fresh, nutritious lunches via repurposed mini school buses and some static sites. The program targets residential areas with a high percentage of children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year. 

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Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

“I had never met Lulu when I got her call asking me if I would officiate at her wedding ceremony,” says volunteer para-chaplain Lynn Nadel. You may remember Lynn from a story we recently shared about her leading a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier. Lynn has amazed us again as she went above and beyond her volunteer commitment!  

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