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.
Through the Trusted Advisors Project, JFCS provides short-term care management to Jewish individuals and families by helping them build goals and empower them towards those goals. TAP recently guided a disabled, older adult in the many steps of the application for food stamps, coached families in tracking their stimulus payments, and assisted another disabled, older adult in a transition home from the hospital when all the family of that person live across the country. Since JFCS began working remotely, we have worked with eighteen new individuals. Half of the new participants requested assistance in navigating issues surrounding COVID 19. We were able to provide professional guidance via phone to these persons. Since JFCS staff began working remotely, TAP staff provided services to a total of 30 individuals (new and continuing participants) on a variety of goals including medical care management, budgeting, and navigating state/federal resources.
Jewish Elder Access has continued to provide our telephonic guidance and referrals to and for Jewish older adults in our community. We reached out to those who were in need of acute assistance in the last year to offer support, referrals, and encouragement through this uncertain time. Since the start of working remotely, JEA has spoken with 112 individuals to offer support, resources, and a friendly ear. Through our Home Safety funds we are currently providing one elder with the installation of grab bars and another with crucial electrical work. JEA continues to be here for our Elders, both proactively and responsively.
JFCS’s professional staff has worked hard on offering support to our clients who benefit from our care management services. Our care manager applied clients for unemployment benefits, food stamps, and reworked budgets to meet the changing circumstances that resulted from COVID 19. We have utilized both video and telephonic platforms to continue to guide and support our medical care management clients in receiving the services and treatments that they receive. Our team worked with a family on a major life transition that occurred during this period of decreased in person contact, but we were able to assist remotely due to our experience with the local supports. The clients and family have succeeded in their transition and are very appreciative of the support from the JFCS Select Care team. These programs are client centered, and flex to meet the greater or lesser needs of individuals and families as needed and desired.
All in all, the Older Adult & Adult with Disability Services continue to provide support using technology, resources, and compassion to help heal the rapidly changing world.
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.
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.
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 tounderstand 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.
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.
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.