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JFCS Launches New Family Preservation Services

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Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) Launches New Family Preservation Program to provide In-home Therapy Services to Tucson families in crisis

August, 2018 Tucson, AZ Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce the launch of expanded therapy services designed to help strengthen family life in our community. The new JFCS Family Preservation Program will provide direct in-home assessment, therapy and parenting support to families in crisis. The JFCS Family Preservation Program allows our skilled therapists a way to observe and interact with children and parents/caregivers in their home environment and quickly craft a plan that helps stabilize the family. In-home services can be a life-saver for families with limited access to transportation, financial struggles and emotional stressors.  Tucson’s families need your help.

Arizona families are in crisis. Over 1.1 million families live in poverty which is considered a primary risk-factor for child safety. When a child is at risk, the Department of Child Safety (DCS) may take action to remove the child from the home. Children who are removed from their homes may be placed with relatives or in foster care. Right now, Arizona has more than 14,000 children in foster care and ranks among the worst states in the country (44 out of 50) for access to quality health care and social services for underprivileged children.

The JFCS Family Preservation Program offers short-term family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by providing parents, caregivers and family members with tools and resources to improve their coping & communication skills and family functioning while keeping children safe. Separating children from their families is a traumatic event that can result in long-lasting negative effects.

Expected to serve to approximately 450 children and their families in Tucson every year, the JFCS Family Preservation Program is based on our conviction that many children can be safely protected and treated within their own homes when parents are provided with services and support that empower them to change their lives.  Tucson’s families need your help.

JFCS’ expert and compassionate therapists are trained in Person-Centered Trauma-Informed (PCTI) treatment practices that promote emotional growth and healing and are mindful of each person’s circumstances. This PCTI approach informs every clinical and community service we provide at JFCS.

Guided by Jewish values, JFCS believes in healing the world with loving-kindness. For over 75 years, JFCS has helped improve the lives of thousands of children, families, adults and seniors regardless of faith, religion, age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender/sexual orientation, or economic status.

Tucson Families Need Your Help.

Download the Press Release:

PRESS RELEASE-Family Preservation(8.2.18)

Marshall Herron Receives Prestigious Award

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Marshall Herron, Licensed Fiduciary at Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona receives 2018 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award

March, 2018, Tucson, AZ Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce that Marshall Herron received the prestigious Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award granted by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at the National Association of Social Workers Arizona Chapter 2 luncheon earlier this year at the YWCA.

Every year, the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award recognizes outstanding individuals who embody the same qualities that Diane possessed; active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion and caring for people with disabilities.

For more than forty years, Marshall has devoted himself to transforming the lives of vulnerable community members. Beginning with his community service as a young boy at B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish community service organization in the world, it was clear that Marshall had the innate compassion and inner strength to walk in somebody else’s shoes and provide an extraordinary level of support for vulnerable people. He rose through the ranks to serve as local President and District Vice President of B’nai B’rith.

During his youth, Marshall sang with the Tucson Boys Chorus for eight years touring around the country. He continued to be involved as a volunteer at the Tucson Boys Chorus’ Christmas tree lot for 25 years, and was recognized for his spirit of volunteerism by the Arizona Daily Star.

While a student at the University of Arizona, Marshall worked at the UA Medical Center assisting the psychiatric nursing staff with acute care services. As a Psychiatric Specialist and Technician, he facilitated both group and individual support sessions while working with medical teams to develop person-centered behavioral treatment programs. Marshall continued to work with these psychiatric patients, their families, and caregivers for the next decade.

For the next thirty years, Marshall shared his remarkable gifts with people with developmental disabilities as a case manager and guardian administrator for the Pima County Public Fiduciary. “Marshall has a huge heart for persons with a disability allowing members to have a voice in their own lives.”-Lee Martin, Arizona Department of Economic Security /Division of Developmental Disabilities.

At JFCS of Southern Arizona, Marshall is a licensed fiduciary and the lead in the Guardianship Division for people with disabilities and incapacitated individuals. Many people, not only the disabled, become unable to advocate for themselves later in life. When and if this happens, a surrogate is necessary to safeguard their wishes.

 

Read Announcement from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

Advance Care Planning Workshop – July 10

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JFCS of Southern Arizona along with Interfaith Community Services is offering a free two hour workshop on:

      HONORING A LIFE: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONVERSATIONS

      WHEN:     July 10, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

      WHERE:  JFCS, 4301 E. 5th Street, Tucson (corner of 5th/Columbus)

 

Registration is required, seating is limited – REGISTER HERE

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. These are your decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care, and the decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with your loved ones. If you are in an accident or have an illness that leaves you unable to talk about your wishes, who will speak for you? You can tell your family, friends and healthcare providers what your wishes and personal beliefs are about continuing or withdrawing medical treatments at the end of life. This workshop will address questions such as:

  • Why deciding what kind of healthcare you want late in life is so important
  • How to adequately plan for any medical situation you might face
  • How to talk to your loved ones and healthcare professionals about your decisions
  • How to document your decisions so your wishes will be made know when appropriate
  • How to revise and update any advance care plans you might have in place

This informative workshop will be facilitated by Interfaith Community Services Presentators Suzanne Morrison and Karen MacDonald.

 

 

Mel Sherman – PCTI Workshop June 6 and 13

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To register for this event visit:  https://tinyurl.com/JFCS-PCTI

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) will offer a free two-part training series for anyone in our community who cares for older adults and wants to understand how past emotional experiences affect them and the people in their care. Caregivers, baby boomers caring for aging parents, behavioral health and medical providers, home health care agencies, senior service providers, clinical staff and administrators are invited to join us for “Person Centered Trauma Informed Care for Older Adults”  on June 6 from 10am to 1:30pm and June 13 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the new Jewish Federation building, Pozez Event Room 3718 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718.  

The first workshop of this 2-part series will offer an in-depth look at the components of “person-centered trauma-informed care (PCTI)”; understanding the science behind memory and psychological trauma, and how traumatic memory can affect current functioning. Workshop participants will learn how to incorporate personal histories into caregiving strategies in order to avoid triggers or re-traumatization of the people in their care.

As we age, the memories and emotions from past experiences often resurface and intensify just as we are becoming less resilient and more dependent on others for our wellbeing and care. The training includes a deeper understanding of the psychological trauma histories of older adults, drawing from JFCS’ expertise in providing support for the Holocaust Survivors in our community whose hope, strength and resilience serve as guiding lights in our reciprocal journey of teaching and learning.

Exposure to others’ stories of psychological trauma is often referred to as “secondary or vicarious trauma.”

The 2nd workshop is designed to build awareness about caregivers’ exposure to stress and understand their own vulnerabilities and reactions when working with older adults with trauma histories. Workshop participants will learn techniques for improving self-care, and explore strategies for incorporating PCTI at an organizational level.

“Person Centered Trauma-Informed Care for Older Adults” trainings will be facilitated by JFCS Vice President of Clinical Services, Kelly Burroughs, MA, LAC, BHP, CCTP. Ms. Burroughs has more than 20 years of experience in the publicly funded behavioral health and social services for children and families. She will be joined by clinical therapist and Jewish community educator, Sharon Glassberg, M.C. and Program Director Raisa Moroz, both of whom provide Holocaust Survivors with behavioral health and supports services at JFCS.

To register for this event visit:  https://tinyurl.com/JFCS-PCTI

Susan Kasle, Vice President of Community Services

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Susan Kasle, Vice President of Community Services, leads JFCS’ programs for vulnerable individuals and families in Southern Arizona including programs supporting the Jewish community.

At JFCS, she oversees the Holocaust Survivor Program, Jewish Emergency Financial Assistance, Jewish Elder Access, and programs serving the broader community including senior care management, fiduciary and advisory services, HoME durable medical equipment and ethical wills workshops.

Before joining JFCS, Susan was Planner for Pima Council on Aging with responsibilities for the Area Plan on Aging and A Report to the Community 2017: Aging in Pima County. She also served as Program Director at Interfaith Community Services overseeing older adult services, health advocacy and education programs, and the development and launch of ICS Care Partners.

Prior to her work in Arizona, Susan was Director of Aging and Mental Health Programs at Massachusetts Association of Older Americans in Boston. She also supported healthy aging programs at Jewish Family Services Metrowest in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Susan brings an extensive background in healthcare and public health working for leading institutions in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. She earned her Master of Public Health degree at Columbia University, her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Boston University, and holds a Gerontology Graduate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

JFCS Receives Major Grant from JFNA

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January 26, 2018 Tucson, AZ Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is proud to announce it was selected to receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) through the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, this award will enable $94,227.00 in new programming for survivors.

JFNA launched the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care in the fall of 2015, following an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for up to $12 million over five years to advance innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors in the United States. PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision that promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of trauma victims by incorporating knowledge about the role of trauma in victims’ lives into agency programs, policies and procedures.

Of the more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors in the United States, nearly one-quarter are aged 85 or older, and one in four lives in poverty. Many live alone and are at risk for social isolation, depression, and other physical and mental health conditions stemming from periods of starvation, disease, and torture.

“JFCS of Southern Arizona will enhance its capacity to respond to the constellation of compelling needs to visit with, listen to, comfort, and advocate for Holocaust Survivors living here in Tucson. Through our new JFNA grant award, we will be able to provide a specialized behavioral health practitioner who will visit and offer a high level of person-centered care that addresses the emotional well-being of Survivors from the former Soviet Union in their own language,” said Carlos A. Hernández, President & CEO, JFCS of Southern Arizona.

“It is critical that we deliver these lifesaving and life-enhancing services to Holocaust survivors. The past two years of this federal grant program have shown the deep impact that person-centered, trauma-informed services can have on Holocaust survivors. We are grateful to partner with the government to augment this work,” said Mark Wilf, chair of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative.

The Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care promotes these innovative service delivery models together with the expertise of partner organizations including the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.  The grant money is a combination of federal dollars and philanthropic dollars raised by Jewish Federations as part of JFNA’s National Holocaust Survivor Initiative, which has raised $45 million to support the survivor community.

JFCS announces appointment of new Board Chairperson

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Barbara Befferman Danes

JFCS is proud to announce the appointment of Barbara Befferman Danes as the new Board Chair. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Barbara Befferman Danes came to Tucson six years ago with her husband Dr. Peter Danes to begin their retirement. Barbara’s career ranged from social work to business, and, most recently, she worked as the CEO of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.

“With her personal triumphs and business acumen, Barbara has the leadership qualities we want in our Board Chair,” said Carlos A. Hernandez, JFCS President & CEO. “She has been committed to our mission for many years. I look forward to working with her as we continue to grow financially and programmatically,” he added. “Barbara is a strong advocate, and source of support to me and our staff.”

Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Pittsburgh was instrumental in helping Barbara establish herself as a single parent to her two children, now a physician and lawyer back East. Determined to “pay it forward,” Barbara began volunteering at JFCS of Southern Arizona shortly after her arrival in Tucson. She found that the warm welcome extended by Jewish Tucson made it easy for her to assume an active role in the community. A member of Congregation Anshei Israel and the Brandeis National Committee, Barbara also serves on the Arizona Jewish Post advisory board.

Barbara replaces Fred Fruchthendler whose 3-year term ended this October. “We are so grateful to Fred for his unwavering dedication to JFCS. We achieved financial stability, acquired new technology, and improved programs with Fred’s support and leadership,” commented Carlos. “Fred’s contributions will never be forgotten,” he added. “Thank you Fred, for your leadership, mentorship—and friendship.”

Fred will continue to serve as an officer of the JFCS Board of Directors as Immediate Past-Chair.

JFCS receives $5K Community Impact Award

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Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is the proud recipient of the Connie Hillman Family Foundation Impact Award in the amount of $5,000 that was awarded at the Social Venture Partners (SVP) “Fast Pitch” competition held at the Leo Rich Theater on November 9, 2017.

After a competitive written application, a series of skill-building workshops and final juried-selection process, Liz Hernández, JFCS Director of Marketing & Development, was selected as one of the 7 finalists for the prestigious SVP “Fast Pitch” live competition held at the Leo Rich Theater. At the sold-out event which included SVP judges and 500 audience members, Ms. Hernández spoke about JFCS’ flagship program PROJECT SAFE PLACE that provides trauma-focused psychotherapy to children, adults and families who are victims or witnesses of crime, violence and abuse.

“The wounds from emotional trauma can be just as serious as those from physical injuries,” explained Ms. Liz Hernandez.  “Without proper treatment, children and adults with emotional trauma can face complex issues such as destructive behaviors, depression and even suicide.” JFCS is a trauma-informed counseling and social service agency with Master’s level, licensed therapists specifically trained to treat people who have experienced traumatic events, and suffer from PTSD or other trauma-related disorders. Last year, PROJECT SAFE PLACE served over 550 low-income people – mostly children.

“This generous gift from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation will go a long way to help expand our trauma-related services, including providing safe transportation for people to and from our clinical site,” said JFCS President & CEO, Carlos A. Hernandez. [*please note that despite the shared last name, he bears no relation to Ms. Hernandez].

The philanthropic mission of the Connie Hillman Family Foundation is to be a partner and connector among civic leaders and grantees who help improve the quality of life in our communities by adapting and growing in imaginative ways.

“We are very grateful for this gift because it makes sense to invest in childhood therapy rather than jails,” said Ms. Liz Hernandez. “Particularly since over 70,000 children in Arizona have lived through multiple traumatic events, and studies show that 70% of juvenile delinquents suffer from a mental health condition mostly resulting from emotional trauma.”

Each year in Tucson, SVP hosts a free communication skills workshop that trains nonprofit leaders to effectively communicate their stories, and compete for the chance to participate live on stage at the “Fast Pitch” event. This year JFCS of Southern Arizona joined a line-up of 6 other local nonprofits: The Abbie School, Literacy Connects, St. Luke’s Home Tucson, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Watershed Management Group, and Youth On Their Own.

“I am truly humbled and proud to have participated in the SVP Fast Pitch program with such an amazing group of nonprofits who are committed to helping others, promoting social justice, and providing sustainable solutions for our community,” declared Ms. Hernandez.

Dr. Richard Carmona: “The Challenge of Brain Health in War and Peace”

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JFCS and the Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health are proud to present a free public lecture featuring Dr. Richard Carmona, who will discuss the responsibility of caring for the physical and psychological well-being of our veterans and seniors. Dr. Carmona is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Chief of Health Innovations at Canyon Ranch, and Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona.

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1:30pm

Place: Jewish Community Center,  3800 E. River Road., Tucson, 85718

Speaker: Richard Carmona, MD, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; and Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona

Registration is required. CLICK HERE to register online or contact Kate:  kkelly@jfcstucson.org or (520) 209-2435

Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Carmona, an authentic hero and public health advocate, will discuss the responsibility of caring for our military service members with war related physical and psychological brain injuries as well as the challenges of dementia in an aging population. Born to a poor Hispanic family in New York City, Dr. Carmona experienced homelessness, hunger and health disparities during his youth. These experiences greatly sensitized him to the relationships among culture, health, education and economic status, and shaped his future. A combat-decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Vietnam veteran, Dr. Carmona trained in general and vascular surgery at the University of California, San Francisco where he was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate.

Dr. Carmona’s service to Tucson is legendary, beginning with his joint recruitment by Tucson Medical Center and the University of Arizona to start and direct Arizona’s first regional trauma care system. In addition to serving as chairman of the State of Arizona Regional Emergency Medical System, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department surgeon and deputy sheriff, Dr. Carmona is one of the most highly decorated police officers in Arizona, and a recognized SWAT expert. Dr. Carmona’s extraordinary leadership and service here in Arizona led to his nomination and unanimous confirmation as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. In 2006, after successfully completing his four-year term, Vice Admiral Carmona was named Vice Chairman for Canyon Ranch where he is now Chief of Health Innovations.

The Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health lecture series is made possible by the generosity of Irving Silverman who established a fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to honor his friend of blessed memory, Mel Sherman. Irving Silverman co-authored “Aging Wisely … Wisdom of Our Elders,” with his daughter, Ellen Beth Siegel, JD, PsyD, a treasured resource that provides a unique perspective on the physical, emotional, and social aspects of growing old from those who have made the journey.

JFCS is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency offering person-centered psychotherapeutic and community services to people from all walks of life. We strive to strengthen our community, and believe there is a path for healing and self-sufficiency for everyone who comes seeking help.