JFS Perspectives

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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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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Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

A group of approximately 50 JFS staff and community members were spellbound by renowned Denver author Helen Thorpe as she offered highlights of her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom at a lunch-n-learn recently hosted by JFS.  

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Bereavement Support Group Begins January 24

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Bereavement Support Group Begins January 24

Rafael Spiritual Healing Services, a program of Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists and the Jewish Community Chaplaincy, is offering a bereavement group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group will run on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., beginning January 24 through March 14 at Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive in Denver. Participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions. The cost is $200. Arrangements can be made for those unable to pay. 

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Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

About the Refugee Mental Health Department: There is no such thing as a “typical day” for the Refugee Mental Health team. We work with men, women, and children from more than 15 countries including Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Bhutan, and Somalia. Our clients’ needs are equally as diverse. Many clients, particularly those who have only recently arrived in the United States, are facing challenges adjusting to their new lives. In a new country, everyday tasks like reading the mail or taking the bus can be a challenge, much less learning a new language and finding a job. On top of concerns about meeting basic needs, they often struggle with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Our team works to meet these individuals on their level and provide them with support to help them progress and thrive. 

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Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

Monday, August 21, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

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Mental Health Matters: Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

Friday, June 02, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens over 15. It is a significant health issue facing today’s youth, particularly in Colorado, which in 2015 was ranked seventh out of the 50 states for rates of suicide.  

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Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Nicole Whitman, Mental Health Specialists social work intern  

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