JFS Perspectives

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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Meet New Friendly Visitor Volunteer Robin Davidson

Monday, February 17, 2020

Robin DavidsonWhen Robin Davidson moved to Boulder about six months ago, one of the first things on her agenda was to find a place to donate her time. Her local cousins suggested she go to the Boulder JCC, where she was connected to Jewish Family Service (JFS). 

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Thank You to Boulder Hanukkah Volunteers

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Thank You to Boulder Hanukkah Volunteers

Residents of eight local retirement communities and their families enjoyed Hanukkah celebrations, complete with latkes, donuts, grape juice, gelt, candle lighting, and songs last month.  

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Sue and Seymour: Recapturing Their Jewish Roots

Monday, December 16, 2019

Sue Winthrop has always been drawn to older adults and learning from their experiences. From a young age, she enjoyed hearing her great-grandparents’ incredible stories and spent time with other older adults as she grew up. 

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7th Annual Reel Hope Boulder Raised Record Amount

Friday, November 08, 2019
7th Annual Reel Hope Boulder Raised Record Amount

Duncan Tucker, Boulder-based screenwriter and director who created the thought-provoking and hilarious film, Transamerica, captivated more than 225 people at the 7th annual Reel Hope Boulder on November 2. Thanks to the support of generous donors, we raised more than $105,000—a record for this event—to support Jewish Family Service’s life-transforming work in the Boulder community! 

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Giving Back is a Family Affair

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

When Heidi Schoen relocated to Boulder six years ago, she quickly set out to find a place to give of her time. “My grandmothers were an integral part of my life growing up, and I have lots of fond memories of our time together, so I was always drawn to the older adult population,” shares Heidi. Through Boulder JFS, she found an opportunity to help serve lunches to a group of older adults at the Boulder JCC. Because of that positive experience, she inquired about how she could get more involved with Boulder JFS and joined the advisory committee to help drive the organization’s mission and work forward. 

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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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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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