Partners in Care

Need respite care or want to offer respite care? JFS offers national program, Partners in Care “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”  —Author Carson McCullers With many family members caring for their ill or elderly relatives, Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island has adopted a program, Partners in Care. “The goal of the program is to help

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Collaboration is the Key to Success

Every successful social services nonprofit organization, including the Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island, is doing it … collaborating, that is. Agencies get together to share information and resources and work toward achieving mutual goals. In other words, they collaborate; but why is so collaboration so popular? Money is one reason; foundations and others funding nonprofits much prefer to fund initiatives where organizations with

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Mark your calendars; JFS to host a thought-provoking and poignant transracial adoption program

“Creating Family Across Race” Each adoption brings its own unique joys and challenges, yet parents adopting children through transracial adoptions – an individual or a couple adopting a child of a different race – face a different set of issues. “When you don’t match [your children in appearance], you’re pretty conspicuous as a family,” said Peg Boyle, LICSW, JFS Adoption Options’ adoption coordinator. Recently,

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Allocations from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island help support JFS’ programs

“Money makes the world go ‘round,” sang Joel Gray in the award-winning movie, Cabaret,” depicting life in pre-World War II Germany. Indeed, the allocations Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island receives each year from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island are integral to JFS’ operations – they help pay the salaries of our professional staff who deliver invaluable resources, food for our Kosher

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Honoring the legacy of Wesley S. Alpert

All of us at the Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island, including current and former board and staff members, mourn the passing of Wesley Alpert, who died July 20, at age 90. A few members of the community who knew Wesley well have shared their memories and thoughts of him. Erin Minior, chief executive officer at JFS:“Wesley’s philanthropy has had a tremendously positive impact

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Patient Partners

A new pilot project will help seniors attend to their medical issues Jewish Family Service and Jewish Seniors Agency collaborate on PATIENT PARTNERS Do you have beloved elderly relatives who live far from you? Do you worry about who is helping them with their medical appointments? While you may not be able to help those far-flung relatives, you could be a perfect volunteer for

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A Letter from Marisa Garber, JFS President

I recently had the pleasure of attending an annual program at Jewish Family Service called “Faces of Adoption:  Families Telling their Stories.” It was an incredibly emotional and moving experience – one that I highly recommend to anyone considering adoption or whose family members or close friends have adopted or are considering adoption.   During the evening, four families shared their adoption experiences. They

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17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture

Founder of Center for Self Leadership, Dr. Richard Schwartz to give keynote address Mark your calendars for JFS’ 17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, who founded the Center for Self Leadership, is the keynote speaker at Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island’s 17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture, which is designed for mental health professionals. This one-day workshop

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CEO’s Message

Who are you sustaining and nurturing? Every year, Jewish Family Service (JFS) launches our fundraising campaign and asks our friends and donors to support the agency’s operations. And every year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of your contributions to this Annual Campaign. But why do people give to JFS? The answer to this question is as varied as the people who donate. Some

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