Seasons Newsletter – August 2014

August 2014


Welcome to our GO GREEN MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN. JFCS strives to be good stewards of the resources that you and other supporters have so generously provided on behalf of the 9,000+ clients whom we helped last year.
We are sending you this email because you appreciate web news and contributing via the internet, which means savings for JFCS on both paper and postage.


We will be mailing membership materials in late August, and we are grateful for gifts at all levels.  However, we wanted you to be aware that we have created a new membership giving level – the Family Tree Society!  Donors who give $500 or more to the annual campaign automatically become members of the Family Tree Society. You will be acknowledged at a special annual Family Tree Society social event. Most of all, you will know that you have taken a leadership role in helping those who turn to the agency for assistance.
Please click here before August 29 to make your membership contribution online. If you would like to know the amount of your last membership gift, please contact Beverly Bromley for a quick response. If we have not heard back from you by then, we will send out your membership renewal via U.S. mail.




Fundraiser Night at Macaroni Grill
Sunday, September 7 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


On Sunday, September 7, the Macaroni Grill will host a Fundraising Night to benefit Jewish Family & Career Services. Support JFCS by dining at the restaurant that day or evening and 10% of your bill will be donated to JFCS. You must acknowledge your support of JFCS by asking your waiter to count your overall bill toward the JFCS donation.


Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture, and conversation, Romano’s Macaroni Grill has been proudly serving unforgettable meals that leave a lasting impression since 1988 – with knowledge, care and Italian charisma infused in everything it does. Warm distinctive touches, like its signature honor system wine and bustling open kitchen, create a memorable, sensory experience that you’ll remember long after you leave the table.


For further information, please contact Beverly Bromley at 502-452-6341 ext. 223 or [email protected].



Career and Education Services

Don’t Sweat the College Essay

Let the upcoming JFCS college essay workshop ease your fears and give you the tools you need to create a compelling college entry or scholarship essay. The workshop will be held at JFCS Roth Family Center on Tuesday, September 17,  from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.




You don’t want to overlook the importance of the college essay. Bev Taylor, a leading authority of college admissions and the founder of The Ivy Coach, recently stated,  “While grades, courses and standardized test scores are always going to be the most significant factors in the admissions process, the other parts of the application, and especially the essays, can sometimes make all the difference between an acceptance and a denial.”


The college entrance essay allows admissions officers to get to know you and evaluate your communication and writing skills. “In my estimation, an applicant’s essay is the most important part of the information they submit to a college or university.  When reviewing standardized test scores, and sometimes even activities, a student from Louisville, Kentucky may seem very similar to a student from Louisville, Colorado,” says Anna Taul, Admissions Counselor for the University of Notre Dame. “The distinguishing factor will shine through in their essay.”


Lynn Grise, a master English teacher with more than 25 years of experience with both private and public schools in Jefferson County, will conduct the workshop. Topics to be covered include:


  • How to Write Effective & Unique Essays
  • Get Noticed by Admissions Offices
  • Tips to Produce Good Ideas
  • How to Approach the Writing Process
  • Writing Personally and Emphatically
  • College Writing Skills
  • And Much More!


The workshop fee is $45. Space is limited so contact Janet Poole at (502) 452-6341, ext. 222 or email  [email protected] to reserve your spot today.


JFCS offers college advisement, college coaching, skills and interest assessment as well as standardized test preparation. Visit for a complete listing of college and career workshops and services available at JFCS.

Felt LinkedIn bannerLinkedIn Workshop
Take your profile to the next level
August 20 through August 27

This two-part workshop will help you build confidence with online networking. Learn how LinkedIn factors into job search and how it can improve your professional brand and business exposure. You will walk away with your own personalized LinkedIn profile featuring a professional photo.

Sessions will be held at JFCS from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, and Wednesday, August 27. The cost for the course is $20. You may contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222.

JFCS LogoACT Preparation Workshop
Eliminate anxiety and ace the test
Begins August 29

High school juniors and seniors preparing for the ACT can benefit from our ACT Preparation Workshop. This eight-part course provides strategies to improve scores, reduces test anxiety and familiarizes students with testing conditions. Classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at JFCS.

The fee of $170 covers all class sessions and two latest edition ACT preparation workbooks. Contact Janet Poole at 452-6341, ext. 222, or register online.

Family Services

Klein Older Adult Services
Health Screenings & Flu Shots

Monday, October 20
Insurance and Medicare accepted, otherwise shots are $25.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Louis & Lee Roth Family Center

Passport Around Louisville Service
PALS is an easy-to-use, affordable program that helps senior adults maintain their independence by providing transportation services to activities such as:
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Medical Appointments
  • Personal Appointments
  • Volunteer Activities
  • And Many More!

PALS operates Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost:$8 one-way; $15 round trips*

All PALS fees cover rides within a 25-mile radius. For every 10 miles over 25, there is a $5 surcharge.

*Additional charge for escorted services.

Contact Naomi Malka PALS Program Coordinator, at (502) 452-6341 ext. 249 or [email protected] for information about the program.
To schedule a ride, contact Megan Haggard at (502) 452-6341 ext. 321 or [email protected]

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Support Groups

JFCS offers a variety of free support groups. Learn about community resources and bring balance to your life. All meetings are held at the JFCS Louis & Lee Roth Family Center unless specified.

Adult Children of Aging Parents

Fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.

Contact Mauri Malka, ext. 250.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Second Friday of the month, 2 p.m.

Contact Kim Toebbe, ext. 103.

Caregiver Support Group

First Tuesday of the month, 4 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd.

Contact Connie Austin, ext. 305, or Naomi Malka, ext. 249.

Diabetes Support Group

Beginning September 15, 2014

Third Monday of the month, 1 p.m.

Contact Lauren McGrath

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups

Third Monday of the month

12:45 p.m. at JFCS

Third Wednesday of the month

10 a.m. at Kenwood Elementary

Family Resource Center

7420 Justan Ave.

Contact Jo Ann Kalb, ext. 335.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group

Second Thursday of the Month, 1 p.m.

Contact Connie Austin, ext. 305.

Support groups are facilitated by JFCS and funded by KIPDA Area Agency on Aging through the Older Americans Act and the Cabinet for Health Services.


JFCS Food Pantry Needs

This month, we are in special need of the following items:
Canned tomatoes
Canned fruit
Canned potatoes
Honey for Rosh Hashanah
Snack sized items for child’s lunch
Toilet paper
All donated items must be in the original packaging. We are only able to accept food items within their noted expiration dates.
Monetary gifts may be made to the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund. If you have questions, please Contact Kim Toebbe at 452-6341, ext. 103.
Thank you for your generosity!

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