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JFS Cincinnati Opens Barbash Family Vital Support Center

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Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati celebrated the community-wide grand opening of the Barbash Family Vital Support Center on October 27th. AJFCA's CEO, Lee Sherman was in attendance. It is wonderful to see our community supporting this important Center that can promote wellness for families in need. Learn more about our Vital Support Center.

The Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center provides a new approach to tackling the growing needs of the most vulnerable members of the JFS Cincinnati community.  

JFS opened its food pantry in 2003 to a couple dozen people in need, and watched it grow to serve 458 individual clients by 2012. A 2008 community survey confirmed the need to transform the pantry into a full comprehensive center. The survey identified 1,100 low-income Jewish households in Cincinnati, and another 1,625 households that are just one car repair, one job layoff, or one health setback from descending into poverty.  Along with poverty, hunger, and mental illness come the hardships of homelessness, fear, isolation, stress and despair.

By offering a full menu of comprehensive services at one location, JFS professional social workers and care managers can best lead JFS clients toward stability, security, and self-sufficiency.  It puts the (kosher) food pantry, case management, emergency financial assistance, supportive counseling, therapeutic socialization activities, and health promoting classes under one roof.  
The Center is housed in over 4600 sq. ft. of newly renovated space with plenty of parking. This location is served by three bus lines, proximate to the over 45 zip codes served by JFS, and conveniently located near the community services that clients frequent for health care, behavioral health care, and benefits administration. Continue reading here and watch the video.

JFCS Sarasota Receives Flanzer Philanthropic Trust

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Jewish Family & Children's Service of Sarasota-Manatee will soon be expanding its reach into the community thanks to the generosity of The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. The Flanzer Philanthropic Trust gifted JFCS $1,814,740 to purchase a building at 1753 Ringling Boulevard and renovate the 7,643 square foot interior. 

JFCS will offer counseling, education, social services, as well as community outreach programs at this new facility which will be named the Gloria & Louis Flanzer Campus of JFCS.

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                                                          Lee I. Sherman

Last Sunday, I had the honor of participating in the dedication for the new Barbash Family Vital Support Center of Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati. The Center occupies a building, unused for the past twenty years, that formerly housed a swimming pool and locker rooms on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In a remarkable transition of space, the building now contains a beautiful reception area, private rooms for client assessments and meetings, a large activity room and kitchen, and a state of the art food pantry. In this Center, JFS will serve hungry people, facilitate wellness and recovery programming to people living with chronic mental health issues, and provide case management services to people striving toward self-sustainability.

The physical space is impressive and it reflects and promotes the essence of the work being done there. There is nothing more deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and values than the fundamental belief in B'tzelem Elohim, that all humankind was created in the image of God. This new Vital Support Center provides the space, a truly sacred space, so that all who go there will be recipients of the dignity and respect they deserve, thus enabling them to live more complete lives.

The before and after photographs of the physical space of the Vital Support Center show an impressive transformation. But, the most important transformations are for those who enter its doors and realize an enhanced and better life. Kol HaKovod to all of those responsible for making the Barbash Family Vital Support Center a reality, and for those who will continue to live the value of B'tzelem Elohim  for many years to come.

Shabbat Shalom.
Older Americans Act Advances Through Key Senate Committee  capital
On Wednesday, AJFCA applauded the Senate HELP Committee's approval of the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which is the primary vehicle for home and community services such as nutrition, transportation, caregiver assistance, and senior centers for vulnerable older adults. Due to the work of AJFCA and JFNA, this legislation includes reference to Holocaust survivors and the urgent need to help them age in place. Read more here
Determining the "Right" Project NTEN
Deciding if an initiative-a project-should be undertaken means determining and evaluating the reason(s), justification, and objectives of the project.  Well-meaning board members and volunteers as well as employees with ideas aimed at assisting a nonprofit can also add challenges to ensuring the right projects are occurring at the right time. Continue reading here.
Using Outcomes to Measure Nonprofit Success
In the nonprofit world, however, there is no common, easily understood measure of success. In fact, having a large positive bottom line may be an indicator that the organization is not doing as much as it could to fulfill its mission. The true measures of success for most nonprofits are statistics related to its programs, but such data are difficult even for management to obtain and understand, much less outsiders. Continue reading here.
PEPS Enrollment Opportunity 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. If you are interested in being in cohort 3 or 4 (late spring-summer 2014), please fill out the PEPS survey by Friday, November 1st. We look forward to working with many of you to bring this exciting tool to your agencies. Please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Budlow with questions.
Addictions Survey & Call
The AJFCA Addictions Practice Group has determined to survey the AJFCA network to identify trends in addictions services in the Jewish family service sector in North America. Thus the group is requesting that all member agencies that provide services in the area of addictions respond to this survey by Friday, November 1st. The results will be compiled into a report that will be shared with all member agencies.

The AJFCA Addictions Practice Group, which convenes quarterly to collaborate on best practices in addictions services, will hold a call on Thursday, November 7 at 2pm ET to discuss the results of the survey (listed above), share information about what is happening in addictions services in your communities and continue dialogue on ways in which professionals can work together on a broader scale. Register for the call here
Engage Senior Leaders 
When it comes to leadership development, the CEO leads the way. Regardless of titles, the CEO is the chief talent officer. No one else can more effectively champion the cause, and efforts will make little headway if the CEO is unsupportive. But no CE  O can do it alone. To build the next generation of leaders, the CEO needs to influence the work and perspective of everyone else involved in the effort, most importantly senior leaders and the board. Take the Board Leadership Development Diagnostic Survey.
Donor Retention a Growing Problem for Small Organizations nonprofit quarterly
Working from a survey of 2,840 nonprofits, the Urban Institute published an analysis of 2011-2012 data that shows that over the last few years, nonprofits have been losing donors at a relatively fast rate. But the news is actually worse for smaller organizations because the numbers are, as might be expected, sensitive to size. Read more here.
Need a Clearer Message? Focus on the Musts 
Messaging is one of the first and most important tools nonprofit communicators need in their toolkits. Whether you're out to drive donations, inspire actions, attract volunteers, or recruit participabig ducknts, it all starts with a clear understanding of what story you need to tell and how to tell it. Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? But when you spend your days working for a nonprofit, steeped in the complexity of your issue and the nuances of your approach, it can be almost impossible to boil all of that information up into a few simple ideas that really get your message across. Focus on the musts.
Infographic: Tips on Promoting Blogs for Content Creators
Storytelling and growing your online reach is essential for nonprofits to expand awareness in this digital age. Launch Grow Joy has created an infographic that compiles some valuable tips on promoting online content and expanding your online reach. We are all well informed by now that social media is a huge driver in content traffic, but this graphic also touches upon several other important ways you can direct traffic to blog posts.
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