JFS Perspectives

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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Mental Health Matters: Helping Refugees Adjust to Their New Home

Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Mental Health Matters: Helping Refugees Adjust to Their New Home

JFS serves refugees through a variety of programs, but the most focused of these is the Refugee Mental Health program, which provides specialized, culturally sensitive, and compassionate mental health care to those with refugee status who have been welcomed into our country. Many of the refugees JFS serves have experienced severe trauma and loss in their native countries and need to heal from deep emotional wounds before they can succeed in their new Colorado home. 

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Raad Altaee: A Picture of Happiness

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Raad Altaee: A Picture of Happiness

Raad Altaee, 57, is warm and welcoming with a delightful twinkle in his eyes. He loves people and they love him back. He’s effusively happy and kind, and deeply appreciative of any kind gesture and eager to reciprocate. You can’t help but smile when you meet him. 

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Thamer Abdullah: Making His Way in America

Monday, June 18, 2018

Witnessing a suicide bomber commit his final act of terror was the last straw for Thamer Abdullah. That his 12-year-old son also saw the horrific act made it that much worse. It was then that he decided to leave his native Iraq with his family and move to Syria in hopes of securing a better and safer life.  

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JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Thursday, May 03, 2018
JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Dawn CollinsDawn Collins
Senior Solutions
   

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Arabic-speaking Women’s Group Brings Hope Through Story

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“I have ownership of my own life story—that means I have the choice to change it and make it better.”
JFS’s recent Arabic-speaking Women’s Wellness Group, facilitated by the Refugee Mental Health program, was a smashing success due in large part to the courage of the women who participated. The long and challenging 18-inch journey from their heads to their hearts directly correlated with their long and arduous journeys from Iraq and Syria to Colorado.  

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