PALS is more than just transportation

Written by Aaron Guffey,  Administrative Assistant,  Klein Older Adult Services at JFCS Going out on Passport Around Louisville Service (PALS) rides has quickly become one of the highlights of my week. Not only do I get to help people stay independent in their homes but I get to do one of my favorite things, hear people’s stories and share mine …

Doris L. & Theodore B. Meyers JFCS Shabbos Friends program brings the joy of Shabbat to Jewish seniors

Written by Susan Sobel, Shabbos Friends program Volunteer My connection to Shabbos Friends at Treyton Oak Towers (TOT) is personal. My mother, Sybil Parnes, moved from Princeton, NJ, and lived there independently from 2010-2015. On the third Friday of the month, my mother would corral the Jewish residents for the gathering of Shabbos Friends. She was a community builder and …

Working for Yourself at 50+

Written by: Cynthia Brown, Business Advisor with Navigate Enterprise Center Recently I met with a client to discuss starting his own consulting business. After many years working as a professional in his field with a long, impressive resume and director level positions, he suddenly found himself over the age of 50 and back in the job market.  He talked about …

Rules of Engagement

Over the past year, our team at Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS) in Louisville, KY has conducted a deep dive into community engagement best practices. We wanted to be able to answer very specific multigenerational questions that affect our community as well as other mid-size American Jewish communities: How do people become involved in organizations, why do they stay …

Ten Tips for Thriving During the Holidays

1. Learn to Say NO. Give yourself permission to decline invitations or added responsibilities that you don’t want. Remember this is your holiday! 2.  Change Things Up. Families change over time, and traditions can be updated to reflect the current needs and desires of family members. 3. Join Festivities in Moderation. Decide how long you want to stay at a …

JFCS Welcomes the stranger.

  The Courier Journal on 1/11/16 highlighted the annual MOSAIC Awards, which benefits JFCS and recognizes foreign-born talent.  Current worldwide issues have clouded many realities of the positive aspects of immigrants. JFCS experiences reflect the following: We are a nation of immigrants; we can all trace our ancestry back to somewhere else. JFCS has worked with the refugee population for more …

Salute to Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver Month and it is only fitting that we take a moment to honor this growing contingent that has become the foundation of care for our rapidly growing aging population. The services provided by family caregivers represent 80% of all home care services and are valued at $257 billion a year nationwide. That is more than …

The Impact of Refugees in Our Community

Last week, we talked about the role that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) plays in providing services at JFCS and why their funding is in jeopardy. As the conclusion to this series, let’s look at how that affects JFCS clients and our community.   The Impact on Clients In the last five years, 13,383 refugees arrived in Kentucky. These …

Refugee Programs in Jeopardy

Yesterday’s blog post discussed the role that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) plays in providing services at JFCS. We promised more information, so now we’d like to go into more detail about what’s happening right now. Check in with us on Sunday to learn more about how these cuts will directly affect refugees and our community. Background In 2003, …