JFS Perspectives

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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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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Volunteer Spotlight: The Power of Music

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lynn Nadel at the sing-a-longWhile Lynn Nadel was familiar with music’s powerful effects on people with dementia, she had never witnessed it firsthand. That is, until earlier this month when she led a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier, a local retirement community.  

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Moving Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Moving Mom and Dad

One of the questions we receive most often is around how to go about moving your parents—whether it’s across the country to be closer to family or across the street into a retirement community. Adult children want to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, tending to their parents’ health, finances, and logistics.  

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Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Local Photographer’s Goal is to Photograph Every Living Holocaust Survivor

Denver couple John and Amy Israel Pregulman have made it their mission to photograph as many Holocaust survivors as possible, before it’s too late. This project began in 2015 when John was commissioned to take pictures of survivors for an exhibit at a Holocaust museum in Illinois. After his work there was done, he felt like he needed to continue. 

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Rochelle Rittmaster: More Than Just a Friendly Visitor

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Rochelle Rittmaster: More Than Just a Friendly Visitor

Rochelle Rittmaster, a semi-retired engineer and geologist from Kansas City, has recently dedicated herself to serving others through several volunteer roles. When she was laid off from work in late 2017, she had some free time and decided to explore volunteer opportunities with the Boulder JFS Friendly Visitor program.  

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Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Bob Perlow, the go-to warm-up comedy act for countless hit sitcoms and variety shows, entertained nearly 200 people attending the 6th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Thanks to generous donors who gave nearly $90,000 to support Boulder JFS’s life-transforming work in the Boulder community!
 

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Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Boulder JFS Family Safety Net Services: There for People in Need During a Crisis

Did you know that Boulder JFS has Family Safety Net services to assist older adults and adults with physical disabilities in crisis? These support services help promote long-term self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness.  

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Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

Monday, July 09, 2018
Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

If someone gave you a million dollars to spend on yourself, how would you spend it? If you could give it away to make the world a better place, to whom would you give it? These are the types of questions that older adults explore together in Circle Talk. This program creates a safe space for older adults to have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to them. Circle Talk draws connections between group members’ life experiences, giving them the chance to speak to the real moments that shape their lives and sense of self.  

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