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Union Bank Supports JFS San Diego's Ways to Work

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The Union Bank Foundation presented Jewish Family Service of San Diego' Ways to Work program with a $5,000 check. This year, Ways to Work will provide more than 50 working families who have poor or no credit with an auto loan to purchase a pre-owned vehicle for the purposes of commuting to school or work.
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Read more about Ways to Work here.
Aging Often Triggers Trauma for Holocaust Survivors

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Holocaust survivors face particular challenges during aging, as past traumas and losses often resurface.
Read about the issues and how the Jewish Family & Children's Service of East Bay community responded in the August 9th issue of Jewish News Weekly.
JFS Colorado Receives $40,000 Season to Share Grant Through the Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund

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Jewish Family Service of Colorado recently received a $40,000 Season to Share grant through the Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for its Family Safety Net (FSN) program, which strives to prevent homelessness by promoting self-sufficiency.

Most of the funds will go toward general operating expenses for this program to provide individuals and families in crisis care management, limited emergency financial assistance, and food. 
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The funds will also assist JFS to implement an innovative program, "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-by-World." This distinctive 40-hour workshop series helps families at risk for homelessness identify the underlying causes of poverty, increase financial literacy, and design a personalized action plan for escaping poverty and achieving long-term self-sufficiency. Read more here.
JFS Colorado Provides Life-Changing Services

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Jewish Family & Community Services of Jacksonville, has a vision - a vision for all Jacksonville families, no matter what their circumstances, to receive the help and assistance they need.
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The Achievers for Life program, a United Way-funded program that addresses the challenges of keeping students on track for high school graduation, is one step in the right direction. JFCS has been involved with Achievers for Life since the program began in 2007. Last year alone, more than 1,100 families received services ranging from weekly mentoring and family counseling to parent training and academic planning. Read more here.
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Trends Worth Following: Tools for Advanced Social Media Users
Aug., 20th, 1pm ET

New Health Insurance Marketplace Resources, Tour of the Newly Re-Launched HealthCare.gov and Q and A on the ACA
Aug., 20th, 2pm ET
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Integrating Addiction and Mental Healthcare
Aug., 22nd, 2pm ET
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Free and Low Cost Tools Every Organization Should Know About

Aug., 29th, 1pm ET

Care Transitions in Behavioral Health
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman

A few days ago, I stood in shul to say Kaddish for my mother, who died 37 years ago. It is sometimes difficult for me to grasp how so many years could have passed, for many of my memories of her still remain vivid today. But, there is no denying that my mother never had the opportunity to know any of her grandchildren or celebrate with them on countless happy occasions, or comfort them through their spills and illnesses. And, I never truly had an "adult" relationship with my mother and often wonder what that would have been like.

In Judaism, our Mourner's Prayer does not mention death or consider the memory of the person we mourn. Instead, the prayer is one of praise for God. When I say the words of the Kaddish, it helps me to make a connection between this world and the next, a connection that strengthens my attachment to the person I mourn. Most importantly, I feel that the Mourner's Kaddish is an opportunity to enhance my life by remembering someone so deeply loved.

Much of the practice of Judaism is a communal experience. We say Kaddish in the company of others for a sense of comfort and support, and so we can continue to have the deceased be part of our community. The daily work of our Jewish family service agencies ensures that those who may be feeling most isolated or excluded from their communities are given a connection that enhances their lives. It is holy work.

Shabbat Shalom.
AJFCA Announces PEPS Software as New Member Benefit PEPS logo
AJFCA has entered into a collaborative agreement with JFCS Atlanta to provide licenses for the use of the PEPS Software System as a benefit of membership in AJFCA. PEPS provides a set of score-card analysis tools for new and existing programs based on programmatic impact and fiscal performance. The Scope of Services analysis, which was the subject of JFCS Atlanta's session at the AJFCA Conference, will be integrated into the PEPS System. Together, this comprehensive tool will help agencies to be more effective in strategic and program planning, with the ability to analyze the suite of services that works best for your agency now and in the future. Read more here.
Getting the Right People on the Bus
AJFCA is pleased to announce that Getting the Right People on the Bus, a 2013 Annual Conference presentation has been rescheduled. If you signed up for the original webinar, there is not need to sign up again. An email has been sent to you with the updated access information. Click here for a complete description of the webinar.

Getting the Right People on the Bus
Tuesday, August 20th - 2pm ET (60 minutes)

Presenters:  Perry Ohren, CEO - JFS Detroit
                   Nancy Glasberg, Human Resources - JFCS Philadelphia
AJFCA 2014 Annual Conference - Request for Workshop Proposals Coming Soon
The AJFCA 2014 Conference Committee is already hard at work on the programming for the Annual Conference in Montreal May 4-6, 2014. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for conference workshop session is coming soon. We plan to send the RFP to all member agency executives the week of August 26th. Please be on the lookout for the RFP and please begin now to develop your innovative, informative and interactive workshop proposals. 
AJFCA Job Posting:  Director of Older Adult & Disabilities Services ajfca logo-resized
The Director of Older Adult & Disabilities Services will develop and implement North American initiatives in the areas of Older Adult and Disabilities Services, creating widespread momentum around each of these service areas. The Director will work closely with member agencies to support their local efforts to serve seniors and clients with disabilities. S/he will position the AJFCA network to lead in the field of older adult and disabilities services by staying on the forefront of trends in needs and service provision and communicating trend information throughout the network and to the larger community.
Older Adult Programs and Sequestration - How are you affected?  ajfca logo-resized
The AJFCA Legislative Task Force needs your help to make a compelling case to Congress about how sequestration cuts are hurting older adult programs. Please complete this brief survey about the Older Americans Act and sequestration by Friday, August 30th. Please let us know about your agency's use of OAA dollars and how sequestration may be affecting you. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Rood. Thank you in advance.
Behavioral Health Information Technology Act
AJFCA applauds the introduction of the Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Act, which if passed, would benefit Jewish family and children's service agencies. The bipartisan legislation would authorize psychiatric hospitals, community mental health providers, clinical psychologists, and addictive disorder treatment providers to participate in grant programs and qualify for financial incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). For more information and a template letter to send to your Member of Congress, please click here. Contact Shelley Rood if you have any questions.
New Report on Engaging Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions in Your Integration Work
Local substance abuse prevention coalitions that strive to keep their communities safe, healthy, and drug-free can play an important role in your efforts to integrate primary care and behavioral healthcare. Continue reading here.
The Necessary Support for Aging in Place: Heads Up, Nonprofits! nonprofit quarterly
The vast majority of older Americans aspire to "age in place," staying in their own homes and living independently for as long as possible. But as AP reporter Lauran Neergaard noted in a recent article, sometimes the ability to stay at home is less about the health of an aging senior and more about the home itself. Continue reading here.
Raising Money in a Changing World
The deepest downturn since the Great Depression may seem like the biggest seismic shift charities face. But it's America's demographic transition that has the potential to transform the philanthropic landscape.Continue reading here.
How to Get Your Organization Grant Ready
  1. Obtain IRS Approval Before Seeking Grant Funding
  2. Demonstrate Success
  3. Track Revenues and Expenditures
  4. Meet Local, State, and Federal Reporting Requirements
  5. Have a Clear Mission Statement 
In Camera Board Sessions: Securing Confidentiality or Cultivating a Culture of Secrecy? 
The governance of non-profit and charitable organizations sometimes requires the board and senior management to deliberate on sensitive matters. This can include personnel items such as salaries, the evaluation of the executive director or CEO, the awarding of a contract, the handling of conflict of interest situations, or legal issues. Continue reading here.   
No Board Member Left Behind board source
Should you include all of your board members in every orientation? Vicki Clark, a BoardSource senior governance consultant says "yes" and explains why here
3 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Creating Visual Content for Social Channels  social media image maker
You are on a roll. You've put together an editorial calendar for next month that lays out the themes, news events, and content ideas for all channels, including social media. Continue reading here.
Trouble Connecting? Plug into Identity. network for good
In just 68 words, Seth Godin recently summed up a fundamental truth of human behavior that all nonprofit fundraisers should take to heart. (Read it here: "People like us do stuff like this.") Continue reading here.
5 Tips for Getting Started with Nonprofit Video    video
With a good story as the foundation for your video, your organization can use YouTube to spread your message and raise money online. Here are some tips for nonprofits venturing into the world of online video.
Data Driven - Path Focused:  Transform How You Manage Cases, Track Clients and Improve Outcomes with FAMCare Pathways Global Vision Tech
Today agencies are struggling with more clients entering the system and less funding available to provide adequate services for all. In order to be truly effective - technology tools need to help caseworkers streamline case management, not hamper their productivity. Agencies need better data collection tools, faster access to information and solid reporting to keep their funders happy and caseworker morale high. In this 60 minute webinar discover why FAMCare Pathways is transforming how agencies track their programs and services; allowing them to be more productive and accountable than ever before.

Data Driven - Path Focused:  Transform How You Manage Cases, Track Clients and Improve Outcomes with FAMCare Pathways
Thursday, August 22nd, 2pm ET
Sharsheret's Financial Wellness Tool Kit   
Are your clients struggling with the financial burden of a health crisis? Order your free Financial Wellness Tool Kit and learn how to successfully navigate the often complicated issues of health insurance, disability rights, financial planning, and estate planning.sharsheret
Sharsheret's Financial Wellness Tool Kit Includes:
  • Guidelines from experts in the field
  • Tools to record and organize your personal information
  • Vital resources
  • Helpful tips from other Jewish women who have faced illness 
Foothold Technology Announces Partnership with InterSystems to Provide Electronic Health Record Solutions for Behavioral Health, Human Services Provider Foothold Technology
Foothold Technology, a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR) software for behavioral health and human service providers, announced a new partnership with InterSystems, a global leader in software for connected care. Continue reading here .
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