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Senior Resource Connect - AJFCA's New Older Adult Services Website

AJFCA recently launched our new older adult services website, Senior Resource Connect. The website aims to leverage the expertise of Jewish family services agencies assisting older adults in the community, increase referrals to member agency programs, streamline referrals between agencies, and act as an information hub on all matters of senior services.

Has your agency gotten involved? Don't miss the chance to be listed as a member on this new platform. Make sure we have your information and contribute your resources for older adults and their caregivers to the site by emailing Liz.
Please add and/or update AJFCA's logo on your agency website.

Contact Megan with questions.
Debby Perelmuter
Retires from JCCA

Debby Perelmuter, LCSW, Vice President of Services in the Jewish Community at the Jewish Child Care Association and AJFCA Board Member will retire at the end of this month. 

Debby has been on the staff at JCCA since 1998. Debby oversaw the Early Childhood Programs, Ametz Adoption Program, Compass Program, Two Together, Partners in Caring, the Bukharian Teen Lounge the the Kew Gardens Hills Youth Center.

Debby's retirement will enable her to visit with family scattered around the country, and allow her to focus on other interests and hobbies. Debby can be reached at perelfive@gmail.com. AJFCA wishes Debby all the best.

Webinar: SafeLink - A Benefit For Your Clients & You


Have you heard about SafeLink, but aren't sure how to go about providing your low-income clients access to it? Join SafeLink Wednesday, June 3rd at 3pm ET for a SafeLink webinar during which you will learn more about the program including how you can enroll your clients. Along with providing background information this webinar will be an opportunity to ask questions.

SafeLink Wireless provides your eligible clients the opportunity to apply for a free cell phone with free monthly minutes through the Federal Lifeline program. SafeLink is currently available in 39 states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Some of the many benefits of SafeLink for your clients include use in an emergency and assistance in seeking and retaining employment by having the ability to communicate with employers. Additionally, SafeLink provides you with a mechanism to reach your clients should you need.

Phone: 1-888-453-4221
Passcode: 2022632971#
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Lee I. Sherman


As I have spoken to people from outside my home community of Baltimore over the past several weeks, they first express concern for the well-being of my family because of the recent civil unrest. Once I assure them that we are "fine," many want to know my thoughts about the underlying events that precipitated both the protests and the accompanying property damage. Of course, we speak about the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, but we quickly move the conversation to the circumstances of my city that form the landscape for its citizens to demand fairness and justice. Some say there are "two Baltimores," but I believe there are many Baltimores. There is black, white, and brown Baltimore, and poor, middle class, and wealthy variants of all three. And there are many more Baltimores for those of different religions, sexual orientation, ethnic groups, and more. How do we make certain that none of these Baltimores are forgotten and that each are given the opportunity to realize their potential? Our Jewish tradition can help.

In the opening parashah of this week's double parashot, B'har-B'hakotai, we read a valuable lesson in economic justice. When someone who is close to us is in financial difficulty, we are instructed to bring him even closer, and to ease his burden by not exacting advance payment or accrued interest. It is our personal responsibility to help this individual maintain his status as a productive member of society. We are told to "let him live by your side," so he is not isolated and alone, but can remain a part of the community. By assisting this person who has suffered financially, we are not only helping him, but strengthening the community so we all do not lose a vital member.

So, we can all ask ourselves "what are we as individuals and as a community doing to help those who have or are in danger of falling into poverty?" If we are following the lessons of Torah in that regard, then maybe we can achieve one community, one Baltimore, at least for economic justice and the fairness promoted thereby.

Shabbat Shalom.
May is Older Americans Month ncoa logo 
May is Older Americans Month, and the Administration for Community Living is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) with the theme Get into the Act! Use this opportunity to educate your community, the media, and your elected officials about how the OAA helps seniors stay independent. Congress is in recess May 23-30-a great time to invite your lawmakers to see the OAA in action at your organization. Obtain resources and learn more here.
NHSA Two-Generation Policy Brief Release
The National Human Services Assembly recently released the policy report, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Young Families: Two-Generation Policy Recommendations. The report identifies what needles need to be moved on federal, state, and local levels based on extensive dialogue with direct service providers and national policy advocates. It also addresses critical capacity building needs for organizations. For more information, please contact NHSA directly at policy@nassembly.org.
Living the Soaps: Recognizing the Subjective Factor in Executive Succession NPQ
When you work with an organization while it is undergoing or wants to undergo a major transition, a good piece of the work is helping the system to understand itself and its position in the world in order to make considered choices out of that understanding. Research findings reinforce the fact that transitions are generally more successful when they are grounded in holistic organizational development work. Read the article here.
Embracing The Challenge Of Inclusion  
Liz Woodward, AJFCA's Director of Older Adult & Disabilities Services' blog, Embracing The Challenge Of Inclusion was featured on May 7th on the Ruderman Family Foundation's website. Click here read her insightful message.
2015 AJFCA Annual Conference
The 2015 AJFCA Annual Conference was a success thanks to the hospitality of the host community, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, our talented speakers and presenters and enthusiastic attendees and supportive sponsors. Please complete the Conference Evaluation Survey. Your feedback is valuable as we use the survey to help plan for next year. Click here to read Lee's conference message, access the attendee list, session presentations, and continuing education credit forms. Conference photos can be seen here.
A Nonprofit's Reputation Rests on the Quality of Its Directors huffington post
Reputations are universally seen as valuable, but reputation risk is poorly understood. As a result, reputations are left unnecessarily at risk.
Reputation matters in the nonprofit world. Few nonprofit boards exist today that don't worry about how they are perceived in the communities or associations they serve. Continue reading here.
Are you Conducting a Written Assessment of your Chief Executive's Performance? board source
Assessing the chief executive is one of the board's primary governance responsibilities and is critical to the success of the chief executive and to the organization as a whole. BoardSource offers a widely respected Assessment of the Chief Executive (ACE) tool that meets the needs of most nonprofits as well as versions developed specifically for associations, credit unions, and independent schools. All can be further customized.
How to Turn Donors into Fundraisers network for good
Want to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year? One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a social fundraising campaign. Learn more here.
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