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) […]

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 […]

Making an Impact: Tele-Counseling Requires a Phone

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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, JFS PEARLS counselors who […]

New Program Adds Caregiver Coaching and Counseling

Caregivers have such a tough job. To provide the best possible care for a loved one, they often sacrifice their own physical and emotional needs. The experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person. The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can exact a […]

In Honor of Caregivers

by Chris Rosenthal, Aging and Disability Services Director November was National Family Caregiver Month, but at JFS, we honor caregivers all year long with programs designed to support them in the very difficult work they do. We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Metropolitan Area Agency on […]