JFCS 2018 CALENDAR! (UPDATED WEEKLY)

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JULY 2018

Low Vision Support Group

July 11, 2018 –  1 PM – 2:30 PM

Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW  at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016  or email hgould@jfedsnj.org. Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation 

 

Cafe Connection – A Memory Cafe

July 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184.  Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

 

Aging With Pride – LGBT Group for Older Adults

July 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This program offers a welcoming atmosphere to share resources, build relationships, learn about JFCS services, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination.  For more information, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184 or email rfbrateman@jfedsnj.org.  Sponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm.

 

Project Rainbow Pool Party!

Thursday, July 19th,  6-8 PM at the JCC Camps at Medford!

For LGBTQ teens and their allies. Swimming, pizza, dinner! Free to Everyone. RSVP by July 9th to Nancy Lubars at 856-424-1333, xt 1725 or email  nlubars@jfedsnj.org   This program is a collaboration of Katz JCC & JFCS.  Grant funding by Jewish Community Foundation. 

 

 Low Vision Workshop

July 23, 2018 – 1 PM – 2:30 PM

with Jeffrey Clark fro The Seeing Eye

Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW  at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016  or email hgould@jfedsnj.org.  Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation 

 

AUGUST 2018

Cafe’ Connection – A Memory Cafe’

August 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

Aging With Pride – LGBT Group for Older Adults

August 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This program offers a welcoming atmosphere to share resources, build relationships, learn about JFCS services, and discuss unique LGBT issues, such as social isolation and discrimination.  For more information, please contact Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, CDP at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184 or email rfbrateman@jfedsnj.orgSponsored by the Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Firm.

Low Vision Workshop

August 13, 2018

Featuring: Susan Vanino, Support Program Coordinator, for ASPIRE with CBVI from 1 PM – 2:30 PM. Contact: Hilary Gould, MSW, LSW at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1016 or email hgould@jfedsnj.org.  Grant funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation.

SEPTEMBER 2018

Cafe’ Connection- A Memory Cafe’

September 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges an their care partners.  Please join us from 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day. To register, contact Reva Farenback-Brateman at 856-424-1333, Ext. 1184. Grant funding is provided by The Camden County Board of Freeholders and Jewish Community Foundation.  The program is brought to the community through a collaboration of JFCS, JSHHS, and the Katz JCC.

 

JFCS Annual Meeting and Recognition of Board, Staff & Volunteers

September 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States 
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JFCS Annual Meeting & Recognition of Board, Staff & Volunteers Sponsored by: Katz Jewish Community Center Kresson & Springdale Roads Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003 No charge to attend, but registration is required. Spouses and friends are welcome. For more information, please contact Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333, xt. 1179    Find out more »

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JFCS Presents Free “How to Save a Life” Speaker Event on June 20

What do you do if family member is admitted to the hospital?  How do you become more proactive when you are talking to doctors about your medical care – or of those you love?  What do you ask when trying to hire a caregiver?  On Wednesday, June 20th the JFCS Patient Partners Program will welcome Dr. Jamie Wells to present “How to Save Your Live and The Lives of Loved Ones: Becoming a Patient Advocacy Rock Star.”

Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP was named among America’s Top Physicians, is a Yale graduate, board certified, and award-winning pediatrician with over a decade of experience caring for patients. Dr. Wells, currently  the Director of Medicine for the American Council on Science and Health can be found anywhere from the Big Apple to the White House, helping the public understand and participate in patient advocacy. “With a constant surge of competing profit centers fragmenting healthcare, more layers than ever are in place eroding the doctor-patient relationship. Hopefully, you will leave this talk understanding how this diminishes care quality while acquiring tools to optimize continuity, a proven factor in delivering better outcomes,” says Dr. Jamie Wells.

The event will take place at the Family Activity Center in the Katz JCC building, at 12 PM, and is a “lunch and learn.” Guests are asked to bring a dairy lunch.  Refreshments and desserts will be provided.   Free to attend, but registration is required by visiting www.jfcssnj.org/drjamie.

The JFCS Patient Partners Program is sponsored by the Saltzman Foundation, Community Foundation of south Jersey Aging Innovation Fund, and Area VII Physicians Review Organization, Inc./ HQSI.

Tickets On Sale Now: Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Benefit

Fundraiser will Support the JFCS Addiction / Overdose Awareness Program, Right In Our Backyard

Justin Wolfe, a 2009 graduate of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees NJ was 21 years old and attending Temple University when lost his life to a heroin overdose on Dec. 19, 2012. A special birthday benefit on June 11 will honor Justin’s memory and raise money for the JFCS Right in Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program- which has reached over 3,000 young people in South Jersey in just a few years since it was launched in Cherry Hill.

The program was developed between Gregg Wolfe, Justin’s father, and JFCS of Southern New Jersey to help increase drug addiction awareness and prevent future instances of drug addiction and addiction-related deaths.  Through the program, Wolfe joins drug counselors, recovering addicts, police officers and another area parent who lost a child to drug addiction to present panel discussions to groups of parents and their teenagers. It is brought to the community in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

“Many people are in denial and don’t realize or don’t know, as I did not, the demons of addiction and opiate and heroin abuse that is rampant and has become an epidemic in our community,” Wolfe said. Wolfe notes that many parents in the area think drug addiction is limited to cities such as Camden, when in reality the epidemic has moved to suburban areas, hence the Right in Our Backyard name of the program.

“Even though people say they don’t have addiction in their family, it can affect anybody,” Wolfe said. As such, Wolfe said all parents should learn more about the dangers of addiction and the treatments available.

Wolfe asks any parents or members of the community looking to help prevent drug addiction to join him at Justin’s birthday benefit on Monday, June 11, at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees. The event will start at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $50 each, and include two drinks and a full dinner and dessert buffet.  All money raised will go directly toward funding the Right in Our Backyard Program and its work.

To purchase tickets to the Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event, please visit www.justinforjustice.org/tickets. For more information on the outreach efforts of the Right In Our backyard Program, or to schedule a presentation, you may visit www.jfcssnj.org/rightinourbackyard.

 

 

 

Special Needs Program Project SEARCH Helps a Childhood Dream Come True

On the Right Track

Special Needs Program Project SEARCH Helps a Childhood Dream Come True

Ever since PJ was a child, he had an admiration for trains.

“Since birth, PJ absolutely loved trains. It probably started with Thomas the Tank Engine,” says Noemi, PJ’s mom. “He really wanted to work as an engineer; it was his ‘train dream.’”

It is not uncommon for people on the autism spectrum to have intense and highly-focused interests, often from a fairly young age. Fortunately, PJ found that his dream of working in the train industry came true after his year-long participation in Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH is a nationally- recognized, one-year high school transition program, which provides training and education with the goal of competitive, integrated employment for students with disabilities.

This collaborative program, of which JFCS is the Community Rehabilitation Provider, started in South Jersey in September 2016 through Kennedy Health (now Jefferson Health).

“I loved our experience with Project SEARCH,” said Noemi. “It is a wonderful program. Considering

the help PJ needed, everyone was all-hands-on- deck. The entire Project SEARCH team was very supportive and patient.”

Before he landed his job in the train industry, PJ participated in three 12-week internship rotationsin different departments within Jefferson Health. He learned to write letters of application and compile a resume, honed interviewing techniques, and gained transferable skills. PJ monitored machines in the boiler room, retrieved orders from a handheld device, and completed hardware diagnostics during his internship.

“PJ was always consistent in receiving high scores from his department mentors on work-related behaviors,” noted Janeene Martin, JFCS Employment Specialist for the Project SEARCH Program. “PJ was eager to apply all his experiences

and training in the workforce.” PJ would soon realize that his skills and work ethic, along with guidance from the Project SEARCH team, would put him on the right track to his dream job.

“JFCS was able to connect PJ with a job opportunity as a courier with Edens Corporation, a partner organization with SEPTA. Now PJ gets to work in a job where he is riding the rails all day long, three days a week, from 9 AM – 4 PM. He even rides a train into work,” Noemi says with pride. “His job is to ride the train to various locations, and to deliver important documents to the staff there.”

Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Edens Corporation provides a variety of services to include paratransit transportation and ticketing throughout the Philadelphia region.

“One of the biggest rewards,” says Noemi, “is that PJ is coming out of his shell. PJ used to keep to himself a lot, but now he comes home to relay that he spoke up and asked for help on something. He is always pleased to share what he has learned, and how willing the staff is to assist him. Every day, his confidence in himself, and in his abilities, shows. If any parent is on the fence about a program like this, they shouldn’t be. They should just do it. Project SEARCH offers so much support to all the participants … there are just so many benefits.” PJ, when asked to choose two things he liked most about his job, said, “I like interacting with people and being independent.” Riding the trains, it goes without saying, is of course at the top of his list.

The Project SEARCH Program occurs on-site at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, and is a collaboration of community partners including JFCS, Jefferson Health, Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). For more information on Project SEARCH, call Janeene Martin at (856) 424-1333, Ext. 3275. To learn more about all of the special needs programming JFCS offers, visit www.jfcssnj.org/special-needs.

 

Sexual Predators Have Many Faces

… The use of power and force, whether it be by a high-powered Hollywood executive or a college student, shows no boundaries…

 By Lori Garber

What do Ashley Judd and Terry Crews have in common?  A 5’ 6” actress and  a 6′ 3″ actor and former NFL football player weighing 240 lbs?   Both have been sexually assaulted by Hollywood executives.  Both are victims.   They recently came out and  publicly told their stories of abuse and humiliation.  Sexual predators have many faces and do not discriminate;  the use of power and force, whether it be by a high-powered Hollywood executive or a college student, shows no boundaries.  In the wake of Harvey Weinstein, courage, it seems, is what is needed to stop it from happening.

 

During an interview with Helen Benedict, professor of journalism at Columbia University, she spoke with NPR host Michael Martin.  Benedict said of sexual predators, “The impulse is pretty much the same – to abuse power. You make yourself feel powerful by degrading others. It’s the same impulse that torture is used. You know, most torturers use sexual humiliation as part of their tools to torture.”

 

Crews felt powerless.  He tweeted, “Who’s going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions? (many)  Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized? (No)”.  James Van Der Beek, another actor, recently revealed that he  was also a victim of sexual assault, and said in a tweet,  “I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle.  There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.” Many victims of sexual assault are afraid to speak up because of fear of negative consequences. 

 

As the voices of the Hollywood elite, both males and females, are taking the forefront against sexual harassment, assault, and rape, it is now more than ever, imperative for those in college, where sexual assault and rape are rampant, to speak up and have the courage to do something even when there is concern about the consequences because if they fail to do so, the the abuse will never end.

 

ATTEND THE #WETOO EVENT ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT on NOVEMBER 28 at 7 PM. 

COMMUNITY LEADERS. REAL CONVERSATION. IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

Register by Nov 22 here: www.jfcssnj.org/wetoo

 

 

What Do I Say to My Kids?

What Do I Say to My Kids?

Tips on having conversations on the aftermath of a tragedy

Carlos A. Bermeo. LCSW, NBCCH – Director of JFCS Clinical Services

On the morning following the tragic and senseless shooting that took place in Vegas many parents found themselves asking the same what’s and how’s to explain to their children what happened and  offer comfort and a sense of safety.

While many parents struggled to find what to say to their children, others opted to say nothing or avoided the conversation in hopes that this will shield their children.  In efforts to provide some help to the parents, here are some suggestions for broaching the issue with your children, being mindful of the ability of your child to take in and comprehend information…

  • With younger children (preschool and kindergarten): Let them take the lead in the conversation, make sure your child knows you are there to answer any questions. The issue does not need to be brought up unless a child hears about it first
  •  With older children (elementary school): Parents should be more direct.  Parents should preemptively help their child know about the tragedy and share basic details and leave the door open for them to ask questions.  Note that they may initially say that they are ok but that does not mean that you shouldn’t talk about it.
  • With teenagers: Parents should have a more detailed conversation with children. Start by asking questions like, “Have you heard about this?” and “What do you think about this?” to find out what they know and what may be bothering them.
  • Children want to know if they are safe.  Talk about creating a safety plan with your child and what to do in an emergency.
  • Adults should not to say everything is okay, that it happened somewhere else , and it will not happen here. This may seem like it is comforting to a child however it is not the truth.  This varies for where your child is developmentally.
  • Although these suggestions are for talking to your children, parents and adults cannot forget about their own care.  Take time to reflect and for time for self-care.  You cannot help your child cope if you yourself cannot.

If you need help talking with your children, or your child needs guidance, contact the JFCS Counseling Department at 856-424-1333.