JFS Perspectives

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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Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Thursday, May 03, 2018
Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Many of us are one crisis away from financial instability. It could be job loss, a medical emergency, or a death in the family. Without significant savings, it’s easy to go from self-sufficiency to facing homelessness in a matter of months. 

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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
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SHALOM Denver’s Colorado Works Employment Services: Finding a Career Path for Joseph

Monday, March 19, 2018

After tragedy struck, Joseph Lozano, 47, suddenly found himself a single father, homeless, and unable to work. Separated from his girlfriend and son, who were living in Texas, he received a call that his girlfriend had died. He then found out his six-year-old son had witnessed her murder. He immediately went to Texas, gained custody of his child, and brought him back to Denver.  

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International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Friday, March 02, 2018
International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Imagine you’re 14 years old and you’ve spent the last seven years of your life in a refugee camp in Syria after escaping from your home country of Iraq. You hear gunfire and bombs daily. You have no access to books, school, work, or any kind of entertainment. You lost your father in the Iraqi war and your younger brother was shot and killed in crossfire. You’ve witnessed the deaths of two good friends and your cousin. You and your mother live in fear every day and have been waiting for the last five years to be approved for refugee status and the opportunity of a better life in the United States. 

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Family Safety Net: A Path to Stability and Self-Sufficiency

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture this: you have a steady income, always pay your rent on time, and are self-sufficient. Then at nearly 60 years old, your source of income slips away and you can no longer perform the physical labor necessary to find another job in your line of work. The rent is past due, you don’t have money for food, and you can’t find employment.  

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Sara: From Surviving to Thriving

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Sara: From Surviving to Thriving

Sara Moses had never seen a flower until she was seven years old. She had never experienced the delight of ice cream. She had never heard music before or even seen her own reflection in a mirror. Sara had just turned seven when she was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 10, 1945. Suffering and hardship were all she knew. It’s a miracle that she survived. She was so ill and emaciated that the soldiers who liberated her thought she was an infant. In fact, Sara was one of the youngest children to make it out of the camps alive.  

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Stephani Baca—Operating at Maximum Potential

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Stephani Baca—Operating at Maximum Potential

Stephani Baca may have Down syndrome, but it’s not keeping her from living a rich, full life. She has dozens of friends and enjoys going to SHALOM Denver every week and engaging in a variety of activities that keep her active and engaged. 

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Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Geraldine Hardy, 67, has been through some tough times. Thirteen years ago, she was physically abused in her home and finally left—with nothing but her car. With nowhere to go and no money, she was soon living on the street. For seven years, Geraldine lived in cheap motels and in her car. “It was a rough time,” she laments. “It’s scary when someone knocks on your car window and you don’t know who they are.” 

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