JFS Perspectives

Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

As you may know, many school districts in Colorado canceled classes today while law enforcement searched for a young woman accused of making threats to carry out an act of violence against schools in the Denver area. Thankfully the search for the perpetrator is now over. The FBI is continuing its investigation, but law enforcement says there is no longer a threat to our schools and community. 

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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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Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Monday, October 15, 2018
Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Did you know that JFS provides free mental health services to students and their families in schools? KidSuccess is a program that puts trained therapists work in 11 Denver public schools and one private school. One of the many issues our therapists address is bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to highlight how KidSuccess therapist Dana Polley successfully helped a group of fifth-grade girls. 

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Bullying in the Schools

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, more than 160,000 students miss school each day due to fears of being bullied. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. It can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. 

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Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

It’s undeniable there is a connection between a well-balanced meal and mental health. This is especially true for young people. Research found that poorer mental health outcomes in adolescents aged 13 to 15 were associated with a diet consisting of processed and refined foods, fast food, and high levels of sugar. Better mental health outcomes were found in those who had a higher intake of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables. 

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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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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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