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2014 – 2015

  • The JFS certified outpatient mental health clinics continued to see a steady increase in both the number of children and adults receiving services and the number of hours of service provided. During the last fiscal year, 979 clients, 40% of whom were at or below the poverty level, relied on JFS for quality mental health support. This is a significant increase from five years ago, when 539 clients were seen in our clinics.
  • Through a partnership with Jewish Home and Care Center and Chai Point, JFS is now offering mental health services to residents and their families on-site. We also added the Lighthouse Charter School to the list of schools where JFS offers on-site mental health services to children.
  • By the end of the fiscal year, JFS Housing will consist of 210 affordably priced apartments in the Village of Brown Deer. Deerwood Crossing Senior Residences is a mix of 96 studio, one and two bedroom units that offers independent and assisted living services, allowing residents to age in place. Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community added 54 one, two and three bedroom apartments this year, bringing their total to 114 total units. Half of these are reserved for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities or severe and persistent mental illness.
  • JFS was selected as one of the sixteen participating agencies in the Jewish Community Foundation’s Create a Jewish Legacy Program, funded in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We have completed our first year of capacity building education for our development staff and lay leaders and have received 32 signed commitment forms – nearly double to goal amount for the first year.
  • UnMasKEd! became the new signature fundraising event for JFS, raising funds and awareness for mental health issues. Held at the Garage at the Harley Davidson Museum, unMasKEd! welcomed 300 individuals from the community to learn more about JFS, our clinical and counseling services, and to stand together to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.
  • Another successful Community Mental Health Conference was held in April 2015, when 300 social workers, care managers, teachers and others in the helping profession came together to learn more about Compassion Fatigue from well-known speaker and author, Mary Jo Barrett. The conference is coordinated every two years in memory of Hirsh J. Larkey, PsyD.
  • For the last few years, Past Board Chair Bill Heilbronner has challenged his friends and colleagues through Birdies for Kids to sponsor him on the golf course. His incredible golf skills have resulted in $35,000 raised to support programs for children at Jewish Family Services.
  • The Mobile Food Pantry continued to visit JFS Housing and Villard Square this year. At JFS Housing, we were able to engage a new cadre of volunteers from local organizations and businesses to introduce them to the wonderful clients and the positive impact our beautiful and affordable apartment buildings can have on their lives and in the Brown Deer community. We welcomed volunteers from Congregation Emanu-el B’ne Jeshurun, FIS, US Bank, Rockwell Automation, Direct Supply, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Alliance for Strong Families and countless individuals and families.
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