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January 2016

A heartfelt thanks to our generous community. You make everything we do possible. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Highlighting Our Counseling Services

Here at JFCS, we offer affordable, high-quality mental health services that are based on trust, empathy, and understanding. Our licensed clinical counselors know that asking for help
and finding support can be challenging, and that issues can be difficult to discuss and resolve. We provide person-centered therapy that's aimed at helping clients deal more effectively with mental health symptoms, life changes, and complex personal situations. 
In particular, JFCS specializes in counseling that promotes healthy "aging in place" and helps elderly clients and their families feel safe, empowered, and better equipped to deal with challenges.  We are equipped to understand and appreciate how people age.  One service that separates us from other providers is that we are often able to see people over 60 years old in their own home through the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS).  This allows us to see clients without the complexities of out-of-pocket fees or insurance.
Over the past year, JFCS served 133 individuals, couples, and families through our Counseling Services for a variety of issues and concerns. Unlike many agencies, we proudly accept Medicare and we also provide sliding scale and discount rates for people who don't have insurance or who are underinsured. While the number of people who have insurance has thankfully risen, there are often high deductibles and co-pays that can still limit access to mental health services. Help us spread the word that JFCS is here to help our community members work through life's challenges.

For information Counseling Services contact Douglass Ruth, LCSW, Clinical Director at 
503.226.7079, ext. 124 or [email protected].

Talking With Children and Family About Terrorism

With recent news of terrorism around the world, including most recently in Paris, Israel, San Bernardino, and Mali, our children and family members, including those with disabilities, may experience distress and concern for their own safety. Here are some suggestions that might help:

First, it is important to understand your own emotional response to these acts of violence. Checking in with oneself is useful, to ensure that you are not activated to the point of trauma. In order to best help others, our own needs must be addressed first. 

Allow your child or family member to ask questions. Oftentimes they have a general idea that something bad has happened, but may not know the particulars. If they raise the issue, ask first what they've already heard about it. They may not have much to say other than they heard someone talking about it, or saw the headlines, etc. Without going into great detail, it is a good idea to simply state the basic facts: some extremists in (Paris, Israel, San Bernardino, Mali) became angry and attacked people.

Provide reassurance. We are okay.We have well-trained emergency services, including police, fire department, and military.We try to treat everyone fairly, without concern for what religion, hair style, color of skin, level of education, etc. others have. We do make mistakes sometimes, but we are free to talk about it in our country, which isn't always the case in some other countries. It is okay to acknowledge uncertainty, but highlight safety and preparedness and the ability to continue on with our own lives. We do live in a safe and humane country, for which we should be grateful.

Explain. It is okay to say that you feel bad for less fortunate people; and you try to help by donating (money, food, clothing) to organizations that do provide help. You help by staying informed of what is happening, and by sharing your thoughts on the issues, and even by voting in elections. These are ways that help our country stay safe and concerned for others as well.

Ask for their ideas. Are there ways we might help? Maybe volunteering in the community, saving a little money to give to a favorite charity, donating food to local food drives? This allows us to take action and process events, without forcing children or other family members to ruminate about what has happened.

Share how you are prepared. We save money so that we're never without resources in an emergency; we stay in touch (by phone, cell phone, computer, friends, family, neighbors) so if there ever is a concern, someone else will help us if needed. We talk openly with family and friends about things that are on our minds, so that if they have questions in the future about anything, they know the channels of communication are always open. 

Limit the news reports. Research indicates that fear is increased when seeing repetitive coverage about a major news event, so try to limit time watching news reports or on social media.

For more information, contact Corinne Spiegel, MS, TASK Program Inclusion Specialist, at
503.226.7079, ext. 155, [email protected] or Douglass Ruth, LCSW, Clinical Director at 503.226.7079, ext. 124, [email protected].
JFCS Lifeline Services for Holocaust Survivors Highlighted in
Oregon Jewish Life

The JFCS Lifeline Services, supported by the Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany, offers Holocaust survivors in-home services and emergency grants that allow them to age safely and independently in their homes. It's part of the JFCS Lifeline Program, which also provides aid and guidance to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship. With these interventions, we help community members avoid crisis and make progress toward self-sufficiency. The January issue of Oregon Jewish Life magazine highlights this important community program. Read the article here

For more information, contact Brian Fallon, Lifeline Services Program Manager, at 503.226.7079, ext. 121 or [email protected]

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

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