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2009 – 2010

  • In May 2010, Jewish Family Services was named one the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top 100 Workplaces. JFS was ranked among the top 100 employers in Southeastern Wisconsin. JFS was ranked 5th in the “small company” sector, based on survey responses from our employees.
  • JFS received a grant from the Alliance for Children and Families to serve as a mentor agency to a peer organization in Alabama who is looking to develop and strengthen its programming to older adults. The grant is part of the New Age of Aging, a major five-year initiative designed to help prepare human service organizations to better serve older adults, as well as utilize their many skills through volunteerism or professional assistance. JFS was one of 10 agencies selected though a competitive, national process to receive the grant.
  • Deerwood Crossing, a 66-unit independent and assisted living affordable housing complex for seniors located in Brown Deer, opened at the end of June 2010. This project was the result of $10.4 million in WHEDA Section 42 tax credits and a lead gift from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust. Associated Development Corp. is the tax credit investor.
  • On January 1, 2010 the former Fighting Back, Inc. became a division of Jewish Family Services. As a community leader, Fighting Back aims to reduce substance abuse and provide drug-, tobacco- and alcohol-free lifestyle options for youth in Milwaukee.
  • Fighting Back serves as a broker that provides resources and technical assistance to youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee County. This, in turn, builds the capacity of these agencies to better serve and address the needs of youth and the community.
  • Jewish Family Services, Inc. was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Division of Public Health, Department of Health Services to coordinate the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (WAATPN) through its Fighting Back division. The mission of WAATPN is to utilize education, advocacy, community empowerment, research, and policy change strategies to reduce the health disparities experienced by African Americans due to exposure to tobacco use and environmental tobacco smoke. JFS will work with several community partners including St. Gabriel Church, Jump at the Sun Consultants, and Urban Underground to educate people about the health disparities relative to African Americans and to help promote the Statewide ban on indoor smoking that takes effect July 5, 2010. The WAATPN will concentrate its efforts in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Beloit by working with African American churches and by connecting with youth in these communities. WAATPN will also work to reach other communities throughout the State that have African American populations.
  • Sylvan Leabman, President/CEO and James Welsh, Vice President of Clinical and Care Management Division, were appointed to serve as a member of the statewide Task Force for the Chief Justices' Criminal Justice Mental Health Leadership Initiative. The leadership initiative on mental health and the criminal justice system is a national project in its third year designed to assist Supreme Court justices, together with state leaders in developing strategic plans to improve responses to people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. Task force members will focus on areas of contact with the criminal justice system including initial contact through sentencing. Following the summit, volunteer courts and communities that are interested in piloting the task force's recommended practices will be sought.
  • JFS continued to partner with St. Catherine Residence to provide care management services to their residents. Our staff provided assistance in accessing government entitlements, including Title 19 and other medical coverage and Food Share, finding permanent housing arrangements and identifying underlying health issues and coordinating care. They have also been invited to join our weekly socialization program, the Sandy Naimon Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is a safe and consistent activity for JFS clients who have severe and persistent mental illness to interact in a non-marginalized setting for fun, food and companionship.
  • The Parents Raising Safe Kids program expanded its services to UMOS.
  • During the past school year, JFS started a pilot program in which clinical staff would provide onsite counseling in 2 Milwaukee Charter schools, Wings Academy and The Milwaukee Cyberschool. The program was a success and will be continued in these schools during the next school year. While there is great demand for JFS to expand the program for other schools, any plans for expansion will gradual as not to extend our existing staff.
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