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JULY 2015

New Executive Director Appointed at JFCS


Carrie Hoops The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Hoops to the position of executive director at Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS). Ms. Hoops has served as interim executive director since April 2014, and has been key in planning the recently announced consolidation of JFCS and Cedar Sinai Park, a human services agency in Portland focused on providing residential and community-based care to our elders and adults with special needs.


A lifelong Oregonian, Carrie formerly served as Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and as Executive Director of Literary Arts, a community-based nonprofit that serves readers and writers. She brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to JFCS, including skills in change management, collaborative leadership, organizational assessments, fundraising and communications.


"JFCS does such stellar work to support at-risk community members as they transform their lives." said Ms. Hoops. "It's been deeply gratifying to work with the talented board and staff at JFCS during the past year. It's an honor to be appointed to lead the organization and to help inform our future direction."


Read the entire media release here.

If you missed the news about the consolidation, you can read it here



ADA: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary


July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation. 


The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications. The ADA Anniversary is a time when we can reflect positively on a law that has made a great impact on the lives of people with disabilities over the past 25 years.


The City of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights, Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD), and community partners invite you to a series of events celebrating the anniversary. Click here for more information about Portland's events.

On July 19, a community-wide celebration hosted by JFCS and Cedar Sinai Park will take place at Kehillah, located at 6000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Kehillah provides affordable housing for income-qualified adults with developmental disabilities. For more information on the July 19th celebration click here.


An important part of JFCS's mission is to provide adults and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the resources and options they need to make informed choices about living, learning, and working. For information on our Partners For Independence program, contact Stacy Buckley, Program Director, at 503-226-7079, ext. 111 or  stacy@jfcs-portland.org.



Create a Jewish Legacy


Whether your estate is large, modest or somewhere in-between, you can help ensure that JFCS will not only meet the needs of our "Family" today, but will also be here tomorrow to assist the vulnerable in our community.


Legacy giving - sometimes called planned giving - strengthens the community that JFCS serves and, in many instances, also provides you with tax advantages. It ensures that you will be remembered both by those who

directly benefit from your generosity to JFCS as well as those who will be inspired by your example as a member of our Legacy Society.


Creating your legacy can be as simple as including a bequest to JFCS in your will. There is no minimum amount required. Gifts of any amount help sustain JFCS services for our community. To learn more about legacy giving click here.


Our JFCS Legacy Society is growing! Thank you to our current members:

Ron & Judy Applebaum

Gloria Bacharach

Henry & Gerel Blauer

Melissa Bloom

Stephen & Beverly Bookin

Stephen A. & Toby F. Blake

Kathy & Norman Chusid

Nathan F. Cogan

Lee Cordova

Richard Dobrow

Howard & Janet Feldman

Bob & Lesley Glasgow

Miriam Hecht & Ivan Zackheim

Randy Katz

Paul Norr

Les Soltesz

Jennifer & Ken Zeidman


If you have included JFCS in your estate plans, please complete a Letter of Intent so that we can thank you too.


For more information, contact Carrie Kaufman in the JFCS Development Department at 503.226.7079, ext. 118, email development@jfcsportland.org.

Jewish Family & Child Service provides social services that improve the lives of adults, families and children in the Jewish and general communities.


Our Programs: 

Counseling | Homemaker Assistance | Emergency Aid | Disability Support Services

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