JFS Perspectives

Meet Laurie Greene: JFS Group Home's Resident of 37 Years

Monday, September 09, 2019
Meet Laurie Greene: JFS Group Home's Resident of 37 Years

Laurie cooking in the 1980sLawrence “Laurie” Greene, 73, has lived in the JFS Group Home for more than half his life! Laurie’s family was one of the families who approached JFS about opening a Jewish home nearly 40 years ago. When the Group Home opened in September 1982, those families’ wishes became a reality and Laurie was one of the first residents to move in. 

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JFS’s Community Rabbi Provides Spiritual Support in Times of Need

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
JFS’s Community Rabbi Provides Spiritual Support in Times of Need

Last March, Jessica Allen was faced with a dilemma. Her father was facing certain death and she had no idea where she would find a rabbi who could put him to rest in a way that would honor his life and Jewish faith. It was important to her and her family that that he be buried in a Jewish cemetery following Jewish rituals. For her mother, Sharon, who was losing her husband of 50 years, it was mandatory. 

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Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

At 10 years old, Grace Allen is smart, inquisitive, and loves to learn. Her big, warm smile complements her obvious desire to engage. Her favorite subject is math, with science a close second. Her dream is to become a baker (she loves cookies) or maybe a doctor. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to figure all that out.  

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Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Sandy Marsik is 71 years old and legally blind. She suffers from a rare genetic disease that has resulted in the loss of most of her vision. Since her diagnosis, she’s had cataracts in both eyes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. She’s had five corneal transplant surgeries. While her eyesight has improved after each, the disease always progresses. 

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Client Spotlight: Recognizing the Strengths of a Diverse Work Team

Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Client Spotlight: Recognizing the Strengths of a Diverse Work Team

Eric Baylor was a job-seeker with a developmental disability who needed assistance showcasing his many job skills. Ekus Parts was struggling to find an employee who would thrive in their newest position. They both just needed the opportunity to connect. 

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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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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
Senior Solutions
   

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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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