JFCS News 01/28/11

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 Fair
There will be an Adoption Fair at St. Francis High School downtown on Sunday, January 30, from 1–4 p.m. WLKY-TV-Wednesday’s Child, JFCS and other adoption agencies will be providing information to parents and would-be parents wishing to expand their families. The fair will include workshops on how to start an adoption, international adoption and adopting special needs and foster children. For more information, please contact Judy Freundlich Tiell at ext. 224.

Adoption Workshops at JFCS
Attend Adoption Workshops at JFCS on Tuesdays, February 1 and 8, from 7–9 p.m.

JFCS Employer Spotlight Series – Spotlight Guest:  Jefferson County Public Schools
Please join JFCS on Thursday, January 20, from 3:30-5 p.m. for this free event to learn the hiring process and what it’s like to work for the Jefferson County Public Schools. An HR representative from JCPS will be presenting and answering your questions. For more information contact Jamie Goodpaster at ext 313 or jgoodpaster@jfcslouisville.org.

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.

Mitzvah/Volunteer Opportunities

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

JFCS Food Pantry Items Needed
Food Pantry suggestions for February – Collecting Passover foods now. Need a full selection of matzah meal, matzah, potato starch, gelfite fish, cake mixes, brownie mixes, cereals, matzah ball mix, matzah ball soup, etc. Must be Kosher for Passover. All donated food must be in its original packaging. Please do not donate expired items.

Oral History Volunteers Needed
Help a senior record 20 answers to our 20 questions in order to capture their personal life story and help to archive their history. Assist one client at a time according to your own schedule. JFCS will do all of the typing. This is a wonderful and rewarding volunteer opportunity.

Research Assistant Needed
Assist staff by investigating specific leads and resources on specific topics. Work from home or here in our computer lab.

Computer Data Volunteers Needed
JFCS needs volunteers willing to enter basic computer data into the KIPDA system. Hundreds of survey results need to be entered so that KIPDA can tally the results. This volunteer job requires only very basic computer knowledge as each survey takes approximately 6-7 minutes to enter. Typing skills need not be proficient, just enough to find your way around a computer keyboard comfortably.
Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at JFCS, beginning February 9. Any hours you can donate would be very appreciated. Please call Shelley Kahn at 452-6341, ext. 103 for more information.

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 Home Care
Do you or anyone you know need in-home care? Get started with a caregiver today!
JFCS care managers will work with you and your family to provide necessary support to maintain safety, comfort, peace of mind and the highest quality of life for seniors who wish to remain in their home or alternative living situation.

  • Personal care & grooming
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Medication reminders
  • Socialization & activity
  • Respite

Contact Mauri Malki, 452-6341, ext. 250 or mmalka@jfcslouisville.org to learn more about  non-medical homecare services.

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 Andrea Wehrley at awehrley@jfcslouisville.org or ext. 334

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.

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.

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

Job Seekers Resource Group
The Job Seekers Resource Group will meet on Mondays through February 21, 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 Andrea Wehrley ext. 334.

A.C.T. Preparation Workshop
A.C.T. Preparation Workshop classes will meet Mondays and Tuesdays, February 14–March 8 for eight sessions from 7-9 p.m. at Jewish Family and Career Services (JFCS).  The workshop fee is $170 and includes two textbooks. For more information and to register, call Janet Poole at ext. 222.

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.

Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Resource Groups
A support group for anyone raising grandchildren or other relatives meets at JFCS, every third Monday at 2 p.m. Call Jo Ann Kalb at ext. 335 to RSVP or if you need further information.

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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