JFS Perspectives

Volunteer Spearheads Successful Tech to Connect Program

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sue MackeySue Mackey, a Boulder JFS volunteer, recently started a wonderful program to help connect local isolated older adults with their families. Sue explains the program and how she got the idea: 

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Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Monday, May 11, 2020
Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Ann Deyarmond, who works with kids on the autism spectrum at Joe Shoemaker Elementary, is helping students meet one of their most basic needs while the school is closed. She comes to the Weinberg Food Pantry up to three times a week and delivers food to six families, which she plans to continue through the summer. 

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Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

Monday, May 11, 2020
Staying Connected to Older Adults During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our Aging Care & Connections department and the more than 450 older adult clients it serves. Bernice, a 90-year-old resident at Kavod Senior Life, has received JFS services for many years. She lives alone and struggles with several health challenges. Before the pandemic, a JFS homemaker cleaned her apartment every two weeks, which she greatly misses and looks forward to receiving this service again when it’s safe. Her care manager, Mako, calls her weekly to check-in, which Bernice says is “so wonderful in these times. I feel like someone is looking out for me.” 

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5 Benefits of Using Teletherapy for Mental Health Counseling

Monday, May 11, 2020
5 Benefits of Using Teletherapy for Mental Health Counseling

We often talk about how the internet has transformed the way we live and perform daily tasks. Whether it is having virtual doctors’ visits, watching shows, buying household goods, ordering prescriptions, or connecting with friends and family, the internet has made all these activities super convenient and easily accessible. 

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You Can Count on JFS

Monday, April 27, 2020

Heather Seiden, JFS employment program coordinator, doesn’t often hear from her clients after they have received services or gotten the jobs they wanted. She was recently surprised with a heartfelt email two years after she last worked with “Sarah.” Heather says, “This was a lovely reminder that the work we all do makes a difference.”  

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National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Extraordinary Community’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, April 17, 2020
National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Extraordinary Community’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Extraordinary. Unbelievable yet believable. Overwhelming outpouring of support. These are a few terms we’ve heard from our Volunteer Services team in the last month regarding the community response to requests for help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Passover Celebrations in the Time of Social Distancing

Friday, April 17, 2020
Passover Celebrations in the Time of Social Distancing

Typically, at this time of year, our volunteer para-chaplains and other local leaders would be hosting Passover Seders in nine senior communities in the Boulder area. While it wasn’t safe to do that this year, we couldn’t pass over the opportunity to bring the holiday to isolated older adults in retirement communities or their homes.  

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Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

While our physical locations are closed and programs have been canceled, we are serving more people than ever during this pandemic. Thank you to our incredible staff who is working tirelessly and in creative ways to serve the community through a variety of services. Below are a few highlights of our COVID-19 response: 

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How You Can Help JFS During COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020
How You Can Help JFS During COVID-19 Crisis

During this COVID-19 crisis and time of uncertainty, our community needs your support to meet the increasing demand for our services. There are several ways you can help:
 

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​A Successful Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended programs and events in February for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)! More than 1,000 people participated in 11 events at synagogues and other local Jewish organizations in Denver and Boulder. The most powerful programs were those where congregants shared their stories and the impact that inclusion has for them. These stories are emotional and truly have an impact to all who hear them. 

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