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Adopt a Family: Zev’s Story

November 21, 2019
Zev Davidovich has been donating to our Adopt a Family program for the past few years. The holiday program holds a deeper meaning to him than most. “My parents got divorced when I was young. I remember my mom getting help from Jewish Family Service. I knew that our Hanukkah gifts came from there, too.” […]

Humans of JFS: Kara Nicolosi

October 28, 2019
Kara Nicolosi  Therapist I loved basketball since I was a toddler. I remember during my favorite holiday, my parents bought me a Fisher Price basketball hoop. I played all through my youth and in high school. I was offered a scholarship to play at Madonna University during my undergraduate years but decided to focus on […]

Fall Fix-Up: Why I Volunteer

October 17, 2019
Karina Vaks-Johnston volunteers to rake leaves and wash windows with her children each fall. “I truly enjoy being able to help people in need and support our community. I want to instill a sense of desire for my kids to want to help and have them understand the importance of supporting people in need whether […]

Helping Helen

October 3, 2019
Helen Bodzin, 78, understands the importance of volunteering. As part of the JFS Fall Fix Up program, volunteers have been coming to her home each year for the past several years to rake leaves and wash the outsides of her windows. “The volunteers do an excellent job. They are so friendly. Sometimes, they bring their […]

The Sandwich Generation

September 24, 2019
The Sandwich Generation- We’ve all heard the phrase before, but like most defining moments, it takes on new meaning when it applies to you! People often remember where they were when JFK was shot…I don’t, I was too young at the time. But I definitely remember my first Sandwich Generation moment. On my way to […]

Humans of JFS: Brandon Sorrell

September 18, 2019
Brandon Sorrell IT Specialist I began reading comics at a young age when my grandfather brought some home. Reading comic books became a huge part of my life growing up because it was a way to dive into a different fantasy world when I didn’t have access to video games and a dangerous neighborhood kept […]

Taking Your Parents to the Dr.

September 10, 2019
Many people dread going to the doctor, but for older adults, it can be an overwhelming experience. This week was certainly a testament to that! Our Geriatric Care Managers had several requests to take clients to medical appointments over the last few days. Typically an older adult sees their doctor every 3 months, and so […]

Mind Aerobics: The Takeaway

September 4, 2019
I recently met with Debbie Robbins, a local realtor and recent graduate of the Mind Aerobics program, a research-based cognitive training course offered locally by Mind University. In partnership with JVS Human Services, trained instructors administer different curricula over the course of several weeks that maximize your cognitive abilities. “I wanted to take the course […]

Humans of JFS: Linda Klein

September 4, 2019
Linda Klein Administrative Assistant One of my great passions is reading, especially historical fiction that involves women who have made a difference in the world. My latest reads are: The Lilac Girls, The Atomic City Girls, The Alice Network, and The Lost Girls of Paris. Studies have shown that imagining stories helps activate the regions of […]

Humans of JFS: Bev King

August 28, 2019
Bev King Geriatric Care Manager I remember when I was young, my father repeatedly saying to me, “You will graduate from high school and become a secretary.” Over and over he would say this and so I knew that is the path I would follow. As I got older I began to wonder why his […]
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