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 […]

Tara Burns Joins JFS

Tara Burns has accepted the position of Mental Health Counselor in the PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) intervention for older adults and caregivers experiencing depression, working with clients in their homes. Tara is graduating with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Adler Graduate School with an interest in specializing in […]

JFS PEARLS Counselors Train Others

JFS PEARLS counselors and PEARLS master trainers Kaci Christnovich and Avi Zadaka conducted a two-day training for staff from the Korean Service Center in Minneapolis. During October, six members of the Service Center came to JFS’s first PEARLS master training class. The skills and tools offered in the program help participants 55 and older address […]

JFS PEARLS Team Presents at State Conference

By Rachel Potter, LISW During the last week of July, the JFS PEARLS counselors were invited to present at the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. The conference was attended by more than 1,500 professionals from across the state, all with an interest in addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals […]

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 […]

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 […]