Meet Our Summer Interns

Every year Jewish Family & Career Services and the Jewish Community offer several internships for college students either from the Louisville area or who attend local colleges and universities.  This year we were lucky to have many interns who have made large impacts on our organizations and the clients we serve.  They have attended several professional development workshops led by Erin …

Supported Employment All Stars

Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one’s identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. We recently sat down with Kimberly Clark, JFCS’ Supported Employment Specialist to discuss one of her all-star employers Kroger.  “Kroger is wonderful to work with.  They are open to working with …

JFCS Mentors Social Work Students

Did you know JFCS counselors have been mentoring social work graduate students for over 40 years? Social work students who do their practicum at JFCS have a unique experience that many other agencies cannot offer.  Students are invited to experience other disciplines and departments at JFCS. “Mentoring students is essential, because practicum and intern students need both clinical experiences and …

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 …

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 …

January is Jumping at JFCS

The year has turned, and even though the weather has been bitterly cold, we aren’t hibernating. We have many exciting things coming up that we can’t wait to share with you! For those entering or returning to college, FAFSA season has begun. Our friends at the 15K Degrees Initiative have shared this excellent presentation to help make sense of the …

The Staff That Plays Together, Stays Together

Last Thursday, a group of JFCS employees and friends spent the evening painting together. Here they are, showing off the fruits of their labor. Helen Hord (not pictured) is a case manager at JFCS, but you may not know that she is also an instructor at Uptown Art on Bardstown Road. When some of our staff learned that little-known fact, they set up a private lesson …

Virtual Dementia Tour Inspires Compassion

This month, JFCS staff had first-hand experience with dementia. Well, simulated dementia, that is … in the form of the Virtual Dementia Tour. Our friends from Arden Courts kindly facilitated the experience, which mimics several common components of aging and dementia. Each staff member was given a combination of physical, visual and auditory impairments, and then he or she was asked …

Frigorific Friday Updates

SLEET has arrived to Louisville this icy Friday, and yours truly has already fallen spectacularly twice already. Do be careful (and wear shoes with better traction than mine, honestly). Here’s your JFCS roundup for this week: -We have a great new workshop scheduled for anyone who needs to polish their interviewing skills. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Strengths Through Storytelling: …