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2013 – 2014

  • The JFS Family Care program was recognized by Milwaukee County as the #1 Care Management Unit for the fiscal year 2013 – 2014. Over 600 individuals received support from a JFS care manager and registered nurse, helping them to remain as independent as possible by providing advocacy and mental health services, coordinating medical appointments, personal care and direct service volunteers.
  • Through the generosity of a grant from the Salinsky Program to Feed the Hungry at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, JFS has been able to expand the Feeding America Southeast Wisconsin Mobile Food Pantry to residents at Villard Square Grandfamily and JFS Housing. We will offer quarterly opportunities for residents to receive hundreds of pounds of food and paper goods free of charge in the coming year.
  • JFS, along with representatives from the Jewish Home and Care Center, Chai Point, the Jewish Community Center and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, formed a task force to discuss and collaborate on programming available in the community for Jewish seniors. These conversations resulted in JFS opening licensed clinical offices at Chai Point and the Jewish Home in order to conveniently and easily provide mental health services to their residents or any family members.
  • We received funding from Milwaukee County to partner with Our Space to provide Peer Support Specialists at Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community. Together with JFS staff, the Peer Specialists will work one-on-one and in groups with residents living with chronic mental illness. Bradley Crossing is comprised of 60 apartments, of which half were reserved for individuals with disabilities. A planned 54-unit expansion will be completed by the end of 2015.
  • Through a partnership with the Jewish Home and Care Center, JFS delivered over 2,000 Kosher Mobile meals to homes, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities for people who want to maintain their Jewish traditions.
  • Our state-licensed mental health clinic is on pace to eclipse our record of client sessions. Last year, we provided over 8,170 sessions with clients, and we are projecting 8,300 for 2014-2015.
  • Because of our strong partnership with the Milwaukee County Family Court system, we received many referrals for our Kids In The Middle program. Four cycles of KITM were held this year, and we were able to offer them free of charge to children coping with family transitions like separation or divorce. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, all children were able to receive the help they needed, regardless of their families’ financial situations.
  • The clinic added Nativity Jesuit Middle School, to our in-school counseling program. JFS is the first agency in Southeast Wisconsin that has licensed clinicians on site at schools. In addition to Nativity, JFS also sees clients at Central City Cyberschool and the Brown Deer School District.
  • A second clinic and care management branch office was opened inside Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community in July. In addition to Bradley Crossing, clients can also be seen at our Bayshore or downtown offices.
  • With support of the trustees, the Lieberman Apartments were sold by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. The funds will be put into an Endowment Fund to benefit Jewish Family Services.
  • Disabilities Care Management staff began an on-going collaboration with the JCC’s Chaverim program to provide skill building education to members of our community with developmental disabilities.
  • A 30-unit expansion of Deerwood Crossing Senior Residences opened in June, bringing the total of apartments to 96 at this facility. Only seven total are at market rate, with 89 at affordable rental rates. Deerwood is an “age in place” facility, which allows residents to move from independent to assisted living, changing the level of services required based on their changing needs.
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