JFS Perspectives

Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

As you may know, many school districts in Colorado canceled classes today while law enforcement searched for a young woman accused of making threats to carry out an act of violence against schools in the Denver area. Thankfully the search for the perpetrator is now over. The FBI is continuing its investigation, but law enforcement says there is no longer a threat to our schools and community. 

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Monday, April 15, 2019
Celebrating Our Volunteers

We celebrate and thank our volunteers—now in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month—and every month. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the whole community. Thank you to each of our 1,211 volunteers who contributed a total of 30,988 hours of service last year to fulfill the mission of JFS!  

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15th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Scored a Touchdown

Tuesday, April 09, 2019
15th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Scored a Touchdown

Peyton Manning, football legend, entertained and inspired 800 business and professional leaders attending Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) sold-out 15th annual JFS Executive Luncheon held on April 3 at the Seawell Ballroom.  

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Standing in Solidarity With a Community in Pain

Monday, April 01, 2019
Standing in Solidarity With a Community in Pain

March 15, 2019: It was the Friday after the “Bomb Cyclone,” the historic winter storm that hit the Denver metro area with a vengeance. I missed the bus stop for Jewish Family Service because my mind was still hibernating. On my commute, I had briefly seen a news headline about a shooting but went about my day catching up on work.  

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A Happy Purim Partnership

Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Happy Purim Partnership

Thank you to Congregation Har HaShem for partnering with Boulder JFS again this year to provide mishloach manot packages to 35 of our clients for Purim. Har HaShem created the gift bags and 20 of our volunteers delivered them to older adults in the community. The seniors received a reusable tote bag filled with hamentashen, Gatorade, granola bars, chocolates, and instant coffee packets.  

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CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

Friday, March 15, 2019
CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

For some older adults who leave their homes for the security and support offered by senior residential communities, the transition is difficult. Social networks are disrupted or lost leading to loneliness, isolation, and lack of meaningful community. A growing body of research shows that these transitions can increase the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and depression. A survey done by health insurer Cigna in 2018 found that loneliness rivals smoking and obesity as a health risk. 

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Spring 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Spring 2019 Family Matters

The Spring 2019 issue of Family Matters focuses on older adults. Hear from our president & CEO, Linda Foster; see how JFS helps older adults through a variety of services; learn about upcoming events; read an impactful client story; read a touching volunteer story; learn about the JFS Legacy Society; and much more. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

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From the CEO: Supporting Older Adults

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

In this issue of Family Matters, we’re highlighting the work JFS is doing to support older adults in our community. As baby boomers age—and seniors live longer—the demand for support services is growing exponentially. JFS remains committed to serving this population with needed support services that improve quality of life and ensure that older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged.
 

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Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

Jewish Family Service exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values, that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place. With this value as a guide, JFS ensures a future where families are strong, children are safe, and our seniors are cared for and not forgotten. The JFS Legacy Society ensures the future of JFS for generations to come. 

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A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

When Lexi Szewczuga’s grandmother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away last fall, she wanted to honor her grandma’s memory by helping a local senior. “My mom often visited my grandma in her nursing home and shared that hardly any of the residents had visitors and how excited they were when people did visit,” Lexi explains. She used Volunteer Match to search for opportunities helping seniors and found the Friendly Visitor program at Jewish Family Service. 

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