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 …

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 …

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 …

16 Things You May Not Know About JFCS

How much do you know about JFCS? At this week’s staff meeting, employees were asked a series of questions about the agency’s programs and services, and many of us were surprised by some of the answers. Test your knowledge of JFCS with this quiz: Test Your Knowledge of JFCS from JFCSLouisville How many did you get right? Leave a comment …

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 …

JFCS partners with AFI and healthcare companies to give employees a leg up

Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and a “hard work” ethic are the hallmarks of America’s definition of success. To achieve success and the economic mobility of the American Dream, however, requires not only the ability to generate income, but also the ability to translate such income into assets. While income may measure whether or not a person has enough …

Improvements on the Horizon for Refugee Camps

An effort to find more durable temporary housing has resulted in an unlikely partnership. The Refugee Housing Unit, a Swedish design firm, recognized that IKEA would be a great resource for help sourcing construction materials as well as coordinating logistics and efficient packing methods. The IKEA Foundation helped the Refugee Housing Unit connect to The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and …

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 …