PEARLS Booster Program Receives Grant

The Mardag Foundation met recently and approved a grant of $15,000 to JFS for the PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives in Seniors) Booster program. The Foundation provides grants to programs that support older adults across Minnesota who lack access or have barriers to critical opportunities to thrive and create community connections. The PEARLS […]

PEARLS Team Changes

JFS announces the promotion of Tara Burns, MA, to Lead PEARLS counselor. Tara earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Adler Graduate School with an interest in specializing in aging, older adults, life transitions, loss and grief and caregiver support. In addition, JFS UCare Care Coordinator Miley Anderson, MSW, LGSW, has moved […]

JFS Conducts Virtual PEARLS Training

JFS conducted PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) training for professionals including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses and administrators. Twenty-three people representing six agencies participated in the training. Their backgrounds vary from social workers, community health workers, and other mental health professionals from students to seasoned professionals. “Avi and Kaci [instructors] are doing […]

JFS Receives MN DHS Grant to Expand Mental Health Services for Older Adults and Caregivers

JFS has received a two-year Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services division totaling $347,280. The grant will be used to help older community members maintain their health, independence and community involvement by expanding on the current Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) […]

PEARLS Training

JFS is offering PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) training January 7 and 14 to professionals including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses and administrators. The two-day training equips all members of a PEARLS team to implement PEARLS successfully in their organization.

PEARLS Training

JFS is offering PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) training January 7 and 14 to professionals including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses and administrators. The two-day training equips all members of a PEARLS team to implement PEARLS successfully in their organization.

PEARLS Training Class Offered by JFS Counselor

JFS will offer PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) training January 7 and 14 to professionals including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses and administrators. The two-day training equips all members of a PEARLS team to implement PEARLS successfully in their organization. The training will be led by skilled PEARLS therapist Avi-Natan […]

Making an Impact: Creating Joy Improves Mood

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. Samantha was referred to our PEARLS (Program to […]

Making an Impact – Depression vs. Determination

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. Gina was desperate to put an end to […]

Trauma Triggers Wide Range of Distress

by Tara Burns, MA, Counselor George Floyd’s senseless, avoidable death sent shock waves of pain throughout our communities, our country and worldwide. Trauma’s effects ripple out into the world and leave us with feelings of pain, sadness, anger and grief. For many of us, the emotions from recent weeks of protests were not just about […]