News & Events
We are able to assist those in need with household grocery delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This service is available to community members who are unable to shop during the pandemic, including individuals who are high-risk, home-bound, or self-quarantined
- Groceries are delivered to the front door, PPE is used
Anyone in need of grocery shopping assistance please contact JFCS at 520-795-0300 ext. 2270
JFCS’s Older Adult and Adult with Disability Services continue to provide robust services for the community. These programs include TAP (the Trusted Advisors Project), Jewish Elder Access and Select Care.
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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.
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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.
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, 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.