Making an Impact – Transforming Into a Good Kid

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. When 11-year-old Larry began counseling several years ago […]

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Helping Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

By Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, JFS Counseling Director The beginning of a new school year can leave many children and adolescents riddled with anxiety. While some can articulate their fears, many others express their anxiety with clinginess, temper tantrums, irritability, negativity, headaches or stomach aches, regressive behavior (baby talk, thumb-sucking), withdrawal, nightmares, or trouble sleeping. […]

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Reaching More People with Technology

by Avi Zadaka, Lead Counselor, Project Coordinator JFS has offered the grant-funded PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) program for three years to older adults facing low mood and/or depression. PEARLS was researched and developed at the University of Washington in Seattle. This research indicates that increasing pleasurable activities may be as effective […]

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Meet Ira Kipp

“When I was a kid at Mount Zion,” said JFS board member Ira Kipp, “we had a recognition tree and you could buy an engraved leaf to put on it to plant a tree in Israel. As a kid I thought ‘why would I want to give to someone else when I don’t have much […]

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New CEO Joins JFS September 3

At the beginning of July, the board of directors of Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) announced 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 where she expanded services to help drive better health outcomes […]

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Making an Impact – Care Planning

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. Harry, a successful salesman, had a wonderful family–two […]

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June Tribute Gifts

In Honor of the marriage of Rabbi Tamar Grimm and Andrew Magill Re’ema Absey Lorin, Scott, Adam, Talia & Ella Godes Jonathan Grad Ioni & Laura Gueron Leslie Hahn Lorraine Hertz Bruce Kessler Richard Markovitz Belina Reisman Allison Roba Ellen R. Rolnitzky April M. Shaw Emma Stout Alex Treitler In honor of Chris Rosenthal Barbara […]

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Dementia Friends Helps Build Dementia-Friendly Communities

In 2010 the State of MN passed legislation requiring the state to prepare for the huge impact Alzheimer’s disease will have on our population and our resources over the next few decades. One of the five areas the state identified as needing attention is helping communities become dementia capable.The state chose five pilot communities for […]

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Help Improve Air Travel for People with Dementia

A new online survey has been launched to collect air travel experiences of persons living with dementia and their travel companions, from booking flights to arriving at their travel destination. The MSP Dementia-Friendly Airport Project is led by Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team (Roseville A/D) and includes officials from MSP, the Brisbane Airport […]

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