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2011 – 2012

  • After a decade in our Jackson Street home, JFS undertook a modest remodeling project whose goal was greater efficiency through updated use of space. Members of the Clinical staff now have their own dedicated offices, which is used for both therapy and administrative purposes. The many programs under Older Adult Services (Family Care, Geriatric Care Management, Social Services to Russian Speakers) is now located on the same floor; increase storage throughout the agency and accounting functions and storage are all in proximity to one another

  • The JFS Board of Directors undertook a new three year Strategic Plan which began on July 1, 2011. The focus of the plan is to strengthen the agency’s organizational sustainability, including financial viability; programmatic impact and leadership. To meet these goals, JFS will continue to provide and expand support services that meet client and community needs in a financial manner that reduces the unrestricted subsidy these programs require and leverages our existing overhead; increase understanding of Jewish Family Services among key constituencies in our community resulting in increased philanthropic support; pursue ability to meet the growing need for older adult housing, housing for exceptional needs individuals and onsite services and strengthen JFS with the necessary governance, infrastructure and staff to support the mission and activities of the organization.
  • Villard Square is a new $10 Million, mixed-use development that provides housing for older adults and their grandchildren and other multi-generational families. The GrandFamily project opened on August 1st with a JFS Service Coordinator on-site to provide social services and connect families to community resources.
  • Jewish Family Services, Partnership2Gether, the Jewish Home and Care Center and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center organized a delegation of four social workers from the Sovev Kinneret region in November of 2011. The social workers specialized in various fields but the central focus of the mission was Holocaust survivors and post-traumatic stress disorder.  A conference was held in the community, to which professionals from various organizations, Jewish and non-Jewish, including representatives from the rehabilitation hospital were invited.

  • JFS was notified of a $400,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to support the construction of Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing, a 60 unit affordable apartment complex located in the Village of Brown Deer. Bradley Crossing will be a community of inclusion, with one-half of the apartments being reserved for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities who are eligible for long-term supportive services.

  • The Volunteer Services Program Advisory Committee began in March, 2012. The goals of the committee are to strengthen the current volunteer services program and to enhance volunteer engagement in accordance with the Jewish Family Services mission. Members of the committee are current and former Direct Service volunteers with the experience and insight to provide guidance and direction for the Volunteer Services Program.    

  • The Older Adults Division continued its programming for professionals, local agencies and synagogues. An on-going program on end of life issues for various populations continued this year, with subject matter including the LGBT community, African American and Holocaust Survivors. Additional education programming was provided on benefits for refugees, Family Care and other benefit programs, and for Second Generation Holocaust survivors.

  • Clinical and Care Management staff participated in various Family Life Education programs throughout the community, partnering with organizations such as Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, Community Mental Health Education Coalition, LGBT Community Center and Independence First.

  • JFS continued its wellness programming for staff with presentations from physicians and other health care professionals.  Topics included chronic pain management, stress reduction, functional medicine, and nutrition. Employees also participated in walking and weight management programs, as well as in a healthy salad lunch option in partnership with a neighboring supermarket. 

  • Fighting Back sponsored John Underwood’s presentation, “Life of An Athlete” to over 475 students to promote the character development and accountability among young athletes that builds better teams, better athletes and ultimately better adults. 

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