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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What’s In Your Emergency Hospital Visit Bag?

The last thing on your mind in case of an emergency is what to pack, yet it can be vitally important and make a very stressful time a little less so. Just as an expectant mother has a bag packed, seniors need to also pay attention to details and have an emergency hospital visit bag […]

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Making an Impact – Case Management Stabilizes Life of Elderly Felon

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. Tom was referred to JFS by Ramsey County […]

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Music Reaches Client Lost to Dementia

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman just finished another very busy Passover, delivering 11 separate Seder celebrations/lectures this year, including three at new sites, attended by 74 people. One resident at a facility has memory loss and depression. He came to the Passover celebration very sullen and withdrawn. The staff worked hard to even get him […]

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JFS Team Draws Large Crowd to Aging Presentation

In April, a team from JFS was invited to present at the statewide annual conference of the Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS), attended by more than 500 professionals from throughout the state. The focus of the conference was “The Future of Aging: Rethink, Reimagine, Redesign.” The JFS team presented “Challenges and Solutions to Mental Health Services […]

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