In Recognition that May is Older Americans Month

You gotta go where you want to go….do what you want to do… For many of us, driving means freedom and independence. For those who cannot drive or can no longer drive, you have to rely on friends and family. Transportation can be a burden that leads to anxiety and isolation. PALs (Passport Around Louisville) is a service through JFCS …

JFCS Navigate Enterprise Center Business Showcase Featured at MOSAIC Awards on May 23

JFCS has been providing assistance to microbusinesses for more than 20 years. In 1995, the program started with funding from the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to give newly arrived refugees the opportunity to explore self-employment through microenterprise development as a viable means to financial self-sufficiency. Since then, it has grown into the Navigate Enterprise Center. Services have expanded to …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Fred Gross

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Fred Gross was a toddler when Nazi Germany began targeting the Jews in Europe. His family escaped the genocide of millions of Jews, and they found freedom on the Norfolk, Virginia, docks in 1946. Years later while on a trip to Europe in 1984, Fred’s wife, Carolyn, started questioning family members and began to piece together …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Surekha Kulkarni

Surekha Kulkarni is a social entrepreneur, jewelry designer and founder and program director of Beaded Treasures Project. When Surekha moved from India to Louisville in 1986, she did so to help her son Nikhil, who has dyslexia and the schools in India were not able to make the needed accommodations. “We felt like we had no choice and so we …

New American Stories Are Written Every Day

Passover is my holiday of remembering — the one that brings me back to Seder tables with the immigrants and first generations of my own family. They spoke Yiddish and English — equal parts separate from, and bound up with, America. Some at the table owned small neighborhood businesses that did just well enough to get by. Others grew enterprises …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Keisha Deonarine

Keisha Deonarine was born in Trinidad, stating “our ancestry is Indian, and we have a lot of Indian culture, but we are West Indian or Caribbean Indian. as well.”  Her family moved to Brooklyn, NY, when she was 3 years old, and then to Fort Lauderdale, FL, when her parents “realized that there’s a cold winter [in New York].” She …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: James Racine

James Racine, known to most as Maestro J, grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Both of his parents were musicians and educators; his father, a flutist/composer/conductor, and his mother, an educator/violinist.  Beginning at the age of 4, Maestro J learned to play the violin, mostly by ear, and later also learned to play the piano and flute.  As a child, scholarships …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Purna Veer

Purna Veer grew up the son of a farmer near Hyderabad, located in southern India. He moved to the United States in 1997 “with a single suitcase.” Raised as a Renaissance man, Veer is a nationally recognized entrepreneur & business leader at the helm of V-Soft Consulting Group Inc., a software company started in 1997 & is one of the …

JFCS Was The Turning Point For Me In Getting To Where I Am Right Now

After working in retail for her whole life, Maggie Nelson knew that she needed a change. “I didn’t like retail anymore, and I got to a point where I also knew I couldn’t survive making that kind of money. A month after I finished working with a JFCS career counselor I put in an application for my current job at …