JFCS News 10/22/10

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

Living Well Expo
A Living Well Expo will be held on Thursday, November 18, at the Roth Family Center. Exhibits will be open from 1-3 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. This is your opportunity to meet with experts to learn about a variety of options and services relevant now and as you age. Concurrent workshops will be held on the following topics: Financial Planning, Medicare Part D Enrollment, Parkinson’s and Caregiving, Medication Management of Diabetes, Career Choices after 50 and Managing Stress.

Family Mitzvah Event
The next Family Mitzvah Event will be held Sunday, November 21, at JFCS from 1:30-3 p.m. Together, families will celebrate Hanukah by performing wonderful mitzvahs that will include: making crafts project for Four Courts, helping to unload the truck and organize all of the “Hanukah Helpers” gifts, and creating Hanukah food bags for each family. Each participating family is asked to bring a box of latke mix, a jar of applesauce and a small bag of Hanukah gelt. RSVP to Shelley Kahn at ext. 103 or skahn@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 of raising young children. The series begins Oct. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rehabilitation Center, 4604 Lowe Rd. and continue every Monday through Nov. 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.

Choosing Your Child’s School
A free presentation for parents who are interested in learning about various elementary school programs will be held 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.

Employment Advisory Committee – Volunteers Needed
Human Resources volunteers are needed for our 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.

911 Personal Health Record and Property Documentation Cards Available at JFCS
In an 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 us 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 October are Thanksgiving food: cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling, canned yams or sweet potatoes, boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing mixes, corn muffin mix, canned fried onions, gravy packets, creamed corn and bags of marshmallows. All donated food must be in its original packaging. Please do not donate expired items.

PALS Drivers Needed
Make a huge difference in the life of a senior. Drive “one ride” a month with the PALS program on 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 third 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 transform what is learned in class into a readable written plan and assist with the basic tasks required to get a small business up and running. To sustain these individuals, ongoing support of business professionals and experienced entrepreneurs is needed. Volunteers can use their skills to directly impact the economic opportunities that offer clients a chance to help build assets to sustain a family.

Requirements: a business background is needed, must attend a volunteer orientation including 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 deserved. 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 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 Mondays, October 4-November 8, 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.

A.C.T. Preparation Workshop
A.C.T. Preparation Workshop classes will meet at JFCS on Mondays and Tuesdays, November 15-December 7, from 7-9 p.m. The workshop fee is $170 and includes two textbooks. For more information and to register, call Janet at 452-6341 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 Cochran Elementary, 500 W. Gaulbert St., every fourth Thursday for a meal at 5:30 p.m. Group meeting is at 6 p.m. Childcare is available. Call Jo Ann Kalb at ext. 335 to RSVP for childcare and meal.

Another 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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