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2006 – 2007


  • JFS is re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
  • JFS becomes a licensee of the Kids in the Middle program out of St. Louis which offers counseling services for children whose parents are separated and/or going through divorce. JFS will be the exclusive provider of their services in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties. Funding for this unique program was received from the Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund.
  • The Exceptional Needs Advisory Panel creates a strategic plan to provide more services for exceptional needs individuals and their families throughout their life cycle.
  • JFS receives a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support an Infant Bonding Program. JFS will provide cross training to day care providers, as well as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and parents to make them aware of the signs and potential long-term effects caused by a lack of bonding and attachment, which are essential to preventing a lifetime of serious mental health problems.
  • The mental health clinic continues to receive approvals to become preferred providers for many of the large insurance agencies, making their quality professional services more affordable and readily available.
  • JFS receives an extremely competitive Community Initiatives grant from the Helen Bader Foundation to create a Health & Wellness Center for Eastern European Immigrants. This is a collaborative project with JFS and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.


  • In October, JFS celebrated five years at our Jackson Street location with an Open House.
  • The Winter Ball is held in January to celebrate Milwaukee’s Russian Community. The event is a success, with great food, music and camaraderie enjoyed by the 200 guests.
  • The Leadership Development Program began with 12 members of the Jewish Family Services staff. With the support of a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, the team has worked independently and in groups on their management skills, communication, time management and future goals, as part of the agency’s succession planning process.
  • On May 6, 2007 JFS collaborated with the Task Force on Family Violence and Sojourner Truth House on Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – a special event which asked men to walk one mile in women’s high heels to raise awareness of the agencies’ domestic violence prevention programs and advocacy work. The issues were addressed with the support of presenting sponsor Verizon Wireless, the community partners at the Milwaukee Police Department, the City of Milwaukee Department of Health, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, and over 450 walkers.
  • Clinical staff completed their first home study under the agency’s adoption program.
  • JFS celebrates its 140th anniversary and honors its past Presidents and former Executive Vice President Elliot Lubar for their Leadership, Legends and Legacies. Bart Starr delivers his keynote address to over 450 guests.
  • The Young Adults Independence Project is working with 23 families to develop group homes for young adults with developmental disabilities. This project is the fulfillment of the goals of the Exceptional Needs Strategic Plan to provide services for individuals between the ages of 13 – 34. S. Michele Cohen was hired as the Exceptional Needs Manager to oversee the program’s implementation.
  • A Kids in the Middle® Advisory Panel was created as part of the new business plan for KIM. This unique program, as well as our other divorce-related therapy, has given multiple JFS staff the opportunity to appear on television and radio programs. The Advisory Panel will assist with outreach efforts to judges and family law attorneys, school districts and pediatricians to help ensure that kids stuck “in the middle” of their parent’s separation or divorce receive the help they need.
  • JFS received a grant from the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society for its Healthy Marriages Initiative. This project will address relationship issues for couples from the Former Soviet Union, the Former Yugoslavia, and American couples. Courses will focus on developing communication skills in a new cultural environment; parental communication as a role model for children, conflict resolution and potential financial challenges. This is an extension of existing JFS services to new Americans.
  • Adults and Children Together – Against Violence (ACT) received funding from the Child Abuse Prevention Fund and the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund to continue our work at Meta House to help mothers in treatment develop appropriate expectations of their child’s behavior and increase parenting skills such as anger management, positive discipline, social problem solving and media literacy.
  • With the support of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation and the Helen Bader Foundation, the Mental Health Education Project continues another year of work towards reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Joy Appel retired as the Vice President of the Clinic and Counseling Division after more than 25 years at the agency. Todd Ephraim, PhD was hired as the new Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Clinic and Counseling Services.
  • Jewish Family Services is the 2nd largest provider of Family Care in Milwaukee County. Our caseload continues to increase, and we are currently providing care management services to over 450 older adults.
  • Jewish Family Services signed a one year contract to provide Service Coordination to residents in the Park Hill Apartments at 5th and Concordia in Milwaukee.The building is being remodeled and JFS is extremely excited to be a part of this project.
  • The Older Adult Division hosted its first annul Hanukkah Party at the Jackson Street location. The room was filled with clients and staff enjoying latkes, lighting the menorah and singing holiday songs.
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