JFCS 09/17/10 News

Jewish Family & Career Services For Every Season Of Your Life
Louis & Lee Roth Family Center
2821 Klempner Way
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 452-6341, (502) 452-6718 fax

What’s New

Adoption Workshop
Thinking about adoption? Come join JFCS for Parents in Process, a group for prospective adoptive parents. The group will meet in two sessions, Mondays, September 20 and 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Louis & Lee Roth Family Center. Sessions will cover adoption as a lifelong process, attachment and bonding, loss and grieving, and special needs of adopted children, including trans-racial adoption.
There is a $10 materials fee for families in their homestudy process at JFCS and a $50 per session for other families. To register, or for more information, contact Judy Freundlich Tiell at ext. 224 or jftiell@jfcslouisville.org.

Grandparent Raising Grandchildren Lunchtime Series
JFCS and Regis Woods Health and Rehabilitation Center will offer a four-part series for grandparents and relative caregivers on the challenges and strategies for raising young children. The series begins October 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Center, 4604 Lowe Rd., and will meet every Monday through November 1. A free lunch will be provided, and door prizes will be given away. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jo Ann Kalb at ext. 335 or jkalb@jfcslouisville.org.

Employment Advisory Committee – Volunteers Needed
Human Resources volunteers are needed for the JFCS Employment Advisory Committee, which will meet monthly to provide advice and expertise regarding job search, employment, career transitioning issues and assist clients to more effectively to reach their employment goals. Please contact Shelley Kahn at skahn@jfcslouisville.org for more information.

Apple Tasting – Save the Date!
The JFCS Family Mitzvah Committee will hold an Apple Tasting outside at the JCC Pavilion for the residents of Shalom Tower on Sunday, October 10, from 1:30-3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Please contact Shelley Kahn at skahn@jfcslouisville.org for more information. This is a great family activity.

911 Personal Health Record and Property Documentation Cards Available at JFCS
In a medical emergency, the 911 Medical ID Card documents all of your medical information, including doctor’s contact information, prescriptions, allergies, insurance and more. The 911 My Property eSafe Card documents all of your household possessions, protecting your family from financial disaster in case of fire, theft and natural disasters. The USB cards are the size of a credit card and cost only $40 per card, with $16.99 coming back to JFCS. Help JFCS and yourself at the same time.

Choosing Your Child’s School
A free presentation for parents who are interested in learning about various elementary school programs will be held on Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m. at the Temple Trager Early Childhood Education Center. Ellen Shapira, M.A., JFCS educational and vocational counselor, will address the parents, and representatives from public, private and parochial schools will be available to answer questions about their schools. For more information, contact Ellen at ext. 225.


Mitzvah/Volunteer Opportunities

For more information, or to offer your time, please contact Shelley at ext. 103 or skahn@jfcslouisville.org.

JFCS Food Pantry Needs Food
Food pantry items needed for September are toiletries: full sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, hand/body lotion, disposable razors, and bars of soap. (No hotel samples please)

PALS Drivers Needed
Make a huge difference in the life of a senior. Drive “one ride” a month with the PALS program. JFCS will work with your schedule.

Shabbos Friends Needed
Share the joys of the Sabbath with Jewish residents at one nursing facility just one time a month. As a volunteer, you will be provided with electric candlesticks, fresh challah and grape juice each month and will visit that facility on the 3rd Friday of each month. Training will be provided. Subs are available if you travel. To volunteer, please call Shelley at 452-6341, ext. 103

JFCS Multicultural Department Mentors Needed
As part of the Multicultural Department at JFCS, mentors are needed to work with individuals during the early stages of opening a small new business.

While clients attend mandatory business planning classes, mentors meet with them separately to help them transform what they learn in class into a readable written plan and assist them with the basic tasks required to get a small business up and going. To sustain these individuals, ongoing support of business professionals and experienced entrepreneurs is needed. Volunteers have the chance to use their own skills to directly impact the economic opportunities that offer clients a chance to help build assets needed to sustain a family.

Requirements: a business background is needed, must attend a volunteer orientation, which will include a criminal record check, and must meet with the Multicultural staff for training prior to mentorship.

We’re Bloggin’ Now
Come talk to us at www.jfcslouisville.org/blog. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Linkedin.


Highlighted Services

Senior Concierge Service
Through this program, a care manager works with older adults and family members to provide the needed support to maintain safety, comfort and peace of mind. Services include personal care and grooming, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, socialization and activity and respite. JFCS Older Adult Counselors evaluate and monitor the plan for care and communicate with the family. Whether it’s 24/7 care or just a few hours a week, JFCS’ dedicated caregivers provide the quality of service you deserve. Contact Mauri Malka at ext. 250 for an appointment.

Options for the Mature Worker
JFCS provides free career counseling for adults 60 and over who are contemplating changing careers, exploring post-retirement careers or need help with basic job search skills. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Ellen Shapira at ext. 225.

Affordable Transportation for Senior Adults
Passport Around Louisville Service (PALS) assists senior adults in need of transportation or help with general errands. To schedule a driver, contact Shelley Kahn at ext. 103.

Affordable Homecare for Seniors
The JFCS Homecare Opportunities Program (HOP), funded by a grant from the Weinberg Foundation, can provide non-medical homecare aides for seniors at a reduced cost. To see if you qualify, contact Mauri Malka at ext. 250 or Helen Hord at ext. 226.

Anonymous Help Phone Line
The Klempner Center provides preventative educational programs for children and teens and community educational seminars and workshops on topics related to addictions. An anonymous phone line has been established for the Jewish community that is answered by a Jewish person in a 12-step recovery program. This person will direct you to a program that provides help. Call 727-9287 and leave a message. Your phone call will be returned quickly, and you can get help for yourself or a loved one. Jews in the community do have problems with alcoholism, drug abuse, overeating, gambling and other addictions. Jews in the community also are members of 12-step recovery programs. To get help, call the number above.

Support Groups and Workshops

A.C.T. Prep Workshops – Fall
Fall A.C.T. prep classes will meet Mondays and Tuesdays, September 27-October 19, and Wednesday, October 20, for eight sessions from 7-9 p.m. The workshop fee is $160 and includes two textbooks. For more information and to register, call Janet at ext. 222.

Job Seekers Resource Group
The Job Seekers Resource Group will meet Mondays August 9-September 20, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Participants can learn basic job search skills from an experienced career advisor. There is a $10 one-time materials fee. For more information contact Jamie Goodpaster ext. 313.

Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiver support groups help adult children of aging parents learn about community resources and ways to balance their needs with those of aging relatives. One group meets at JFCS every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact Mauri Malka at ext. 250.

Diabetes Support Group
Individuals with diabetes can talk about living with this chronic condition and share the ways they cope. The Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Contact Jenny Schinke ext. 307.

Emergency Financial Needs

General Help
Food Pantry – providing perishable and non-perishable foods and Kroger gift cards, funded in part by the Sonny and Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.

One-time emergency financial assistance (limited availability).

JFCS counselors will meet with you to explore resources that may be of help.

Help with payments for non-medical home care, prescriptions, assistive devices, transportation or medically required foods for seniors.

Unemployment Help at JFCS
If you have concerns about your job or are unemployed, contact JFCS and join the Job Seekers Resource group or drop in to the KentuckianaWorks One-Stop Job Resource Center that is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at JFCS. For more information about the One-Stop, call Tiffany Roberts at 322-1937.

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