Cheryl Anderson Joins JFS

Cheryl Anderson has accepted the position of Disability Services Case Manager at JFS. Cheryl will provide comprehensive case management services for adults with disabilities including complex medical and mental health diagnoses and development disabilities. Cheryl has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a licensed social worker. She has volunteered for more than 14 years on […]

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Shalom Baby Program Welcomes Wee Ones

Did you know that July, August, and September are the months with the most birthdays? As the birthday season approaches, remember the Shalom Baby program at JFS. If you know of anyone in the community who has welcomed a new baby, please let JFS know. They will receive a wonderful basket full of SWAG items including a […]

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Two Contracted Care Management Teams Undergo Annual Audit

The UCare and Medica contracted care management teams recently underwent their annual audits to ensure they are in compliance with the various regulations outlined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). After a stressful day waiting for the results, both teams scored well and received compliments from the auditors. Both health plans were given minor […]

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Meet Dawn Parker, Owner of Woodbury Nothing Bundt Cakes

If you attended the recent Celebration of Service, you probably received a small brown paper bag on your way out of the event that contained the most delicious cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. We’d like to introduce you to the owner of the store in Woodbury, Dawn Parker. “My grandson and I were volunteering in […]

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Declaration of Interdependence in Relationships by Beth Johnson, LMFT

Although our culture emphasizes independence, romantic love is often portrayed in songs and movies in which partners are inseparable and can’t live without each other. There is a lot of discussion in the psychology world about what is a healthy or unhealthy relationship. The most often used terms are interdependent and co-dependent. These words can be […]

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Making an Impact – Counseling Minimizes Hospitalizations

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Ruth is a 60-year-old woman on Social Security […]

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JFS Appoints Ruth Hampton Olkon CEO

The JFS board of directors announces the selection of Ruth Hampton Olkon as Chief Executive Officer effective September 3. Ruth previously held the position of Manager of Community Health Improvement at Allina Health. Ruth is a strong, team-focused leader with a deep passion for creating change and enriching communities. She has a proven track record […]

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Making an Impact – Senior Isolation and Depression

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Heun is a 73-year-old Cantonese-speaking client. […]

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Meet the Photographer Behind the Camera

There were so many supporters at the Celebration of Service: donors, sponsors, volunteers, and guests. Meet one of the generous donors, photographer Sofya Barth of Sofy BB Photography who donated her professional photography services to the event. After Sofy finished her tour with the Israeli Air Force as a sergeant in 2004, she attended Haifa […]

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Passion for Agency Common Theme in Celebration of Service Speakers

We couldn’t have ordered better weather for our 3rd Annual Celebration of Service on June 2. The beautiful day seemed to set the tone for the entire event. Ted Flaum, our former CEO, held back his emotions as he thanked everyone for their support during his five year tenure at JFS. Ted has taken the […]

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