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Fall ‘11

Defining M ments A Newsletter of Jewish Child & Family Services

26,000+ Lives Touched, Plus Other FY ‘11 Year End Reports

Special Year End Edition

600 Cookies! One Volunteer Bakes Up a Storm

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How Do I Know if My Teen Needs...? Ask a Clinician

Thank You! 2011 Donors

Defining M ments Fall ‘11

A newsletter of

Jewish Child & Family Services 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800 Chicago, IL 60606 P 312-357-4800 F 312-855-3754 Follow JCFS! Jewish Child & Family Services @JCFSChicago Blog:


Deanna Shoss

Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development

Monica Tan

Marketing and Communications Manager


Shannon Houston

Development Associate-Donor Relations

Elizabeth Judd

Development Manager of Community Engagement

Dana Rhodes

Director of Resource Planning and Grants

Stacey Shor

Director of Development

Howard Sitron

Chief Executive Officer JCFS is a partner in serving our community, supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. Licensed by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Children & Families, Inc.

CONTACT Editorial: Change of Address: ©2011 JCFS

A Message from Our

Board President & Chief Executive Officer Community has been a powerful theme for JCFS this past year. We are building new partnerships to better serve our community. We actively listened and responded to the many constituencies we serve using our annual client survey, community meetings and more. These efforts are reflected in our new innovative programs and approaches to client care as well as an increase in new grants and individual donors. Regular staff community meetings provide an interactive forum for sharing agency plans and getting feedback and ideas from those providing direct service. Our new Employee Newsletter, Field Notes, provides a platform for employees to better connect with their peers across the agency. We also added new vehicles to share clinician insights and client stories publicly, with new print and social media communications. As we heard the needs in the community, we responded with new programs like Family Commons, an inclusive afterschool recreation program, where siblings of all abilities and their parents can participate together in cooking, art, sports and other classes. Started by volunteers within the agency, the program has now garnered seed grants to help support its growth over the coming year. We continued to face the challenges of a faltering economy and its social impact. We became more active in government affairs, reaching out to our representatives in Springfield and Washington, DC and urging that critical funding for human services be maintained. We looked for opportunities to increase our effectiveness, by partnering with other organizations and examining our own internal processes. One resulting success story is our new partnership with JCC’s Camp Chi, which combines JCC’s expertise in summer camping with our clinical expertise in working with tweens and teens with social skills disorders. Our Camp Firefly nearly doubled the number of kids served this year. We also completed the successful first year of Partnership for Safer Synagogues, a collaborative training

effort with four area congregations centered on prevention of abuse across the lifespan. Additional congregations are now engaged in the program. Collaboration with Jewish Vocational Service will result in enhanced vocational services for teens preparing to graduate from our Therapeutic Day School. Our administration of Resources for Educational Achievement, Collaboration and Health (REACH) will yield coordinated specialized diagnostic and treatment services for kids in the Jewish Day Schools. A new supported living initiative is now emerging, driven by community members working with JCFS, Keshet and the Jewish Federation, to research and develop sustainable, community-based living solutions for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The year ahead will see continued focus on service delivery and collaboration to maximize both our reach and impact. Our Access Team goes live on November 1st, providing centralized intake and information services through an agency-wide, one-call, toll-free number: 855-ASK-JCFS. A new and improved website will come online in the new calendar year, further improving consumer and professional access to JCFS and our wide array of programs and services. We cannot close without acknowledging the tremendous support of our Board of Directors. In particular, their annual fundraiser, A Striking Event, was an incredible success, celebrating the achievements of the agency while helping to raise the funds necessary to continue our work. Together, our dedicated and talented Board, staff and volunteers make a difference for thousands of people in our community each year. Thank you for your support!

Howard Sitron Chief Executive Officer

Stephen R. Ballis President


Volunteers Make Graduation at JCFS’ Therapeutic Day School Extra Special --Lori Lavin, North Shore Auxiliary

600 Cookies. That’s what volunteer Lori Lavin has personally baked in her home kitchen every year for the past 20+ years for the annual Therapeutic Day School (TDS) Graduation Party that the North Shore Auxiliary (NSA) throws for graduating students and their families. More than a dozen students from across the elementary, high school and Yeshiva programs graduated this past June. “We also provide Pizza Lunches five times a year for the high school students,” says Lavin, President of the NSA, “to reward students who have met personal goals along the way.” The Pizza Lunches are “one chance to see kids grow,” says Lavin, who attributes her commitment to volunteering to having time and a heart. “By the time they graduate, I feel connected to their success. I’m so proud of them.” The TDS graduation is a milestone many students and parents thought they would never see. Open to students from all faiths and backgrounds from referring schools, TDS is designed to meet the needs of students with developmental, behavioral and emotional disorders who have not succeeded in traditional school settings.

“By the time they graduate, I feel connected to their success. I’m so proud of them.”

The Yeshiva Program at TDS serves Jewish children with emotional disorders who are interested in participating in Jewish studies. Founded in 1919, the NSA of JCFS provides support, services and programming to a diverse group of children and families in need through two annual fundraisers. Their Key Card program gives donors a 20% discount at nearly 200 stores and restaurants throughout Chicagoland, and their December dinner event provides donors an evening of fun, community and connection. Lavin and many other auxiliary members take pride in not only financially supporting child-focused programs at JCFS, but participating in hands-on events like an annual model Seder, monthly Respite programs for families with children with disabilities and more. For information on the Therapeutic Day School, please call Allison Stevens at 773-467-3910. For more information on how to become involved with NSA, contact Elizabeth Judd at 773-467-3778. 2

ASK a Clinician June 26, 2011 Save the Date


4:00–7:00 My teenagerpm has been struggling in school lately, even with additional teacher help. I wonder if itWillow might beRoad, a passing phase, or maybe Pinstripes, 1150 Northbrook, IL an underlying learning difference? How do I know if she needs to be evaluated by a professional?

Parenting a tween or teen can be both a delight and a challenge as your child’s ability to think abstractly, question authority and consider grand, philosophical concepts really kicks into high gear now. According to Robin Stein, Director of Response Center, “teens may seem like they are always testing the limits and questioning boundaries and rules, but your extra attention is essential for creating a sense of stability and security at this pivotal time of growth.”

Stein’s “top ten” list for parenting a teen also includes keeping in touch with his or her teachers and friends’ parents, knowing where they are and who they are with, and simply finding chances to talk to your teen to help you get a sense of what is going on in their lives.

Mood swings also seem to be part of the territory as adolescents morph into teens. That said, sometimes there are outward behaviors that might suggest looking a little deeper and perhaps consulting a professional for help or evaluation: change in mood or extreme moods; not reaching developmental milestones; struggling in school, even with additional teacher help; extremely high or low energy levels; inability to concentrate at work; impulsivity; aggressiveness or difficulty in social settings or relationships. Dr. Alysa Slay, Psy.D., and Director of Psychological Services at JCFS, says “It’s good to take a holistic approach to a child’s well-being…to consider his or her physical, social and emotional health. All parts are equally important. The important thing is not to be afraid to consult a professional for help.” “The good news is, early detection of an underlying mental health issue such as a learning or emotional disorder, can lead to better outcomes in terms of intervention and treatment,” adds Dr. Slay. Provided in a relaxed setting, JCFS provides comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations to assess learning ability and mental health, and then, as appropriate consults with referring schools, professionals and family members to make recommendations to help an individual be more successful in school, work or relationships. For information, please call JCFS Psychological Services at 847-412-4366. Have a question for our expert clinicians? Send it to



Financial Report FY ‘11

Sources of Operating Revenue Government Contracts & Fees

FY 11



$13,518,000 45%

Jewish Federation



$8,943,000 30%

orporations, Foundations, C Individual Donors & Other Support



$5,827,000 20%

Program Service Fees






Total from All Sources

Operating Expenditures Counseling & Community Support

FY 11


FY 10



Residential & Child Welfare





Special Education





People with Disabilities





Management & General





Total from All Sources


This is preliminary financial information, subject to completion of year-end audit. JCFS is grateful to the many donors who make it possible for us to provide much needed services throughout our community.


FY 10

$10,650,000 36%



By the Numbers


Number of people’s lives touched by JCFS programs and services.



Number of hours of direct service provided across JCFS Community Counseling Centers.


of clients* said they would refer a friend to JCFS.


of clients* reported satisfaction with JCFS services.

Number of students across 12 disciplines, from 15 colleges and universities who completed an internship or practicum at JCFS.


of student interns rated their training experience at JCFS as very positive.


Number of professional consultation hours provided by JCFS staff to 24 early childhood centers throughout Chicago.


of early childhood teachers reported that their JCFS consultant helped them address children’s difficult emotions in the classroom.

* Represents clients who completed the 2011 JCFS Client Satisfaction Survey.


When Buying Back to School Supplies is

“IF” Not “WHEN” Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and companies like Staples of Naperville and, 350 backpacks were filled with everything a child needs for the school year and distributed to children whom JCFS serves. With the average cost per child for school supplies approaching $100, we’re fulfilling a tremendous need for clients. One parent on the verge of tears commented, “you don’t understand how much this helps me with the cost of getting my kids back to school.” If you want to help a family, next time you’re out shopping, why not pick up something extra for someone in need? To make a donation, please call Elizabeth Judd at 773-467-3778 or New Items Needed Backpacks Legos Theater/Sporting Event Tickets

School Supplies Twin Size Sheets Gifts Cards (Grocery, Target, Best Buy)

Thank You. Thank You!

We extend our heart felt thanks to the following donors for their generosity.

This list reflects activity for six months (January 1 – June 30, 2011). We regret any omissions or errors. While we appreciate all gifts, this list includes donations totaling $100 or more. Individual, Corporate & Group Gifts Abbott Fund Julie & Jon Abt Robert & Renee Ackerman Lawrence & Carol Adelman Jim & Enna Allen Angell Family Partners, LLC The Annenberg Family Anonymous (9) Artful Framer Studios Daniel & Susan Asher Family Foundation Alan & Jennifer Axelrod Deborah Ballis Harriet Jon Ballis Jon & Susan Ballis Stephen & Elizabeth Ballis Theodore & Cheryl Banks Bela Barner Sanford Barr Dr. Erwin & Mrs. Carol Barrington Stephen Barron Ted & Marlene Beck Steffi Becker Mr. & Mrs. Steve Beitler May Benatar Barry & Elizabeth Bennett Allen C. & Robin Berg Paula Kaplan Berger Michael & Amy Berland 6

Debbie & Elliott Berman Gary Bernstein H. Bruce & Janice Bernstein Toby Bernstein Dennis & Joyce Black Robert B. & Nancy Bloom Dr. Andy & Mrs. Stephie Blum Oxsana Bondar & Alex Turchin Ronald & Barbara Borden Mindy & Marc Botbol Rabbi Neil Brill Allan & Beverly Brodsky Dr. Nicole Brodsky William Brodsky Margie & Lanny Brooks Buckingham Pavilion Nursing Center, Inc. Joan & Jay Canel Deborah Carata Josh Carl CDI Construction Centrum Properties/ Continental Case Sally Chapralis Chicago Clinical Laboratories, Inc. Sabrina Townsend & Nathan Clark Jack Cohen Brian & Karen Cohn Herbert Cohn Estate

Alan & Heather Cole Congregation Beth Judea - Men’s Club Cooper Meyer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Melissa & David Copeland Laura & James Coplan CRP-2 Holdings Tri-State, LLC David Denzil, LLC Betty Dayron Development Resource Group Kenneth J Dow Barry A. & Gail A. Duberchin Stephen Dubey Russel & Deborah Dushman Earl Rubin Chapter Tobi & Marty Edwards Susan Rubin Elfant & Noel Elfant Bernice Ellis Trust Environmental Systems Design Ross & Susan Silver Erlebacher Vincent Everson Hon. & Mrs. Roger G. Fein Judith & Mel Feldman Rose Feldsher Susie & Martin Fine Fischel & Kahn, LTD Deidre T. Flynn

The Henry G. Foreman & Lottie S. Foreman Trust Fund Suzanne Franklin Judge Julian Frazin Alan & Kathleen Freeman Lynn I. Freeman Albert Friedman Marci & Steve Friedman / Tangerine Promotions Philip M. Friedmann Family Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. Joe Gassner Henry J. & Susan J. Gault Amy Genender & Benn Feltheimer Ann & Kenneth Genender Patricia N. Gillman Joseph Ginsburg Bill Giovacchini Martha & Brad Glass Andrew Glick Michael & Helene Glickman Larry Gluskin Bruce & Lisa Goldman Rick Goldman Marcey Goldner Donald & Alice Goldsmith Mark A. Goodman & Associates, Inc. David B. Goroff & Jay M. Behel Gould & Ratner, LLP

Thank You. (cont.) Martin H. Graff Philip Graff & Janet Lerman-Graff Jamie L. Graves Ben Green Donna & Jack Greenberg Hilary Greenberg Greenberg Traurig, LLP Rosalie Greenberger Gail & Bruce Greenspahn Robert & Maxine Greenstein Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P. Rebecca Gruenspan Elizabeth Guenzel Sheila & Joe Gutman Lowy Haiman Fund H. Reed Harris & Pam Hoxsey Mary Louise Hartenstein Harriet Hausman Deborah M. Hecht & Greg Stewart Harriette Hirsch Harry Huzenis / JRG Capital Partners, LLC Judith Isenberg Richard & Nettie Isenberg Ted R. Jadwin & Ellen J. Morris Jerry & Ann Jaeger Jenner & Block, LLP JMI Crafted Commercial Millwork, Inc. JR Katz, Inc. Elizabeth & Jim Judd Eugene Kahan Lawrence Kahan Randall & Marcy Kahan Shimon Kahan Josh & Amy Kahn Adam & Lisa Kaplan Mr. & Mrs. Ari Kaplan Jeff & Julie Kaplan Jeffrey Katz Frank Kennedy - Gehrett Plumbing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kent David & Erin Kerpel Lore B. Kirchheimer Kirkland & Ellis Foundation Diane Klotnia Jules F. & Gwen Knapp Joe Koehler Suzanne Koenig Lawrence & Judith Kohn Mitchell & Karen Kopin Jeffrey Kost Kraft Foods Foundation Matching Gifts Program Basil Kromelow Anne & Paul Krouse Jeffrey & Roberta Kwall Ross & Lori Laser Raphael & Lori Lavin The Lavin Family Bart Lazar Dr. & Mrs. Dan Lazar Dr. Stephen Leapman Frances & Elliot Lehman Fund

Steven & Ronna Leibach The Leininger Family Foundation Carolyn & Kenneth Leonard Sheri & Ivan Levi Allison & Brad A Levin Coopersmith Living Trust Laurie & Gerald Levin H. Debra Levin Howard & Rhonda Levin The Ronald & Fifi Levin Family Fund Karen Levine Leonard & Ricki Levine Mark & Francine Levy Ila Jean Lewis Marty & Arlene Lewis Paul & Laurie Lieberman Mr. & Mrs. Luskin Dr. Michael Mackaplow Helen & Joseph Komarek Foundation Julie Malen Mrs. Irwin Mandel Estate Richard & Jane Marble Sylvia Margolis Jerrold Marks American Courier Services, Inc. Terry McDonough McGladrey & Pullen, LLP Joan M. Meilinger Lisa Meitus Karen Mellow Karen Meyers David & Carol Miller Joel Miller Pam & Joshua Miller Miller Shakman & Beem, LLP Kathleen M. Montesano Morris Weiser Family Foundation Katie & William Morrison Paul & Victoria Morton LLD Electric Co. April Mott Greg & Colleen Moyer Toni Myckowiak Lonnie J. Nasatir Chas & Margaret Nash Mark & Ruth Nelson North Shore Auxiliary of JCFS Northern Trust Stephen & Ilene Novack George Novogroder Julia Nowicki Eric Oesterle David Ofman Gerald & Barbara Oguss Tobie B. & Edward M. Oher Philanthropic Fund Eli & Hella Okman Sharon Pachler Amy H. Palmer Stephen & Marie Palmer Mr. & Mrs. Norman Patinkin Florie & Andrew Perellis Theodore Perlman Robert & Karen Perlmuter

Physicians Management Solutions, LLC Polk Family Charitable Fund Judy & Stanley Pollock Arthur Potash Mel & Phyllis Potash JoAnn & Steven Potashnick Bernard Press Laurie & Neal Price Selwin & Syril Price Primary Care Medical Associates Richard Raskin Robert Reese Robert Reich Mr. & Mrs. Reiches Stephen Ribner David & Suzanne Ritter Peggy T. Rose Kathleen Roseborough Wendy Rosen Rabbi David & Mrs. Frances Rosenberg Jennifer & Paul Rosenblum & Family Chuck Rothschild Rubens Family Foundation Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP Biff Ruttenberg Foundation Beth Salinger Jacki F. Santoro Mr. & Mrs. Henry Schachar John & Marge Schaye Alice F. Schimberg Trust Cathy & Joel Schneider The Schneiderman Family The Schottenstein Wechsler Group Bradley & Susan Schulman Mark & Lisa Schulman Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Mr. & Mrs. Ron Schwartz Naomi & Jerry Senser Seyfarth Shaw, LLP Midge Perlman Shafton Stuart & Shannon Shalowitz Linda Rae Sher David & Susie Sherman Deanna Shoss Linda Soreff Siegel Marilyn Siegel Ralph Siegel Stephen Siegel & Robin Drayer Barbara & David Siegelman Signature Bank Gerald Silberman & Family Jonathan Silver Sheryl & Mark Silvers Robert Silverstein Jeff Simon Jodi & Steve Simon Lee & Nancy Singer Howard & Deborah Sitron Shirley Sitron Barbara Sloan Marc & Barbara Slutsky Mr. & Mrs. David Smerling Irwin Smiley

Lifeway Food, Inc Howard & Sandi Sorkin Susie & Lory Spector Jeffrey & Alisa Srulovitz Andi & Michael Srulovitz Robin L. Stein Eugene & Gail Steingold Susan & Jeff Stern Rachel & David Sternberg Irving Sternfeld Donald E. & Linda Stewart Karen Stickler Greer Mr. & Mrs. Dan Stone Abby Strauss Michael & Jane Strauss Family Foundation Suzan Sultan Howard Suskin The Swartzberg/Zoller Family Foundation Randi & Gregg Szilagyi Sterling Partners TCS Group, LLC Staff & Students of JCFS Therapeutic Day School Tenant Advisory Group, LLC Theodore & Kristina Tenney William Thurmond & Stacey Ballis Mark Tisdahl Trek Bicycle Store of Highland Park Don & Janis Trossman Steven & Nancy Tumen Lana & Lev Turchin United Scrap Metal, Inc. Cami Van Aken Margaret Vimont Janice Wahnon Joseph A. Walder Lynda & Alan Wallis Alyse & Tony Wanger Schottenstein & Wechsler Group Esther Ruskin Weiss Leonard & Lynn Weitz Judy Weitzman Patty & Jay Weitzman Richard & Roberta Wexler Wilk & Waller Winston & Strawn, LLP Alisa Winston Koppel Cary & Alene Wintroub Brenda J. Wolf & Fred Siegman Irene Wolinski WomanCare, P.C. Mr. & Mrs. Sheldon Young Dr. & Mrs. Steven Zak Shari & Bradley Zenner Michelle & Milton Zimmerman Amy Zisook & David Rosen Arie & Shannon Zoller Lois Zoller & James Mills Paul Zucker


Thank You. (cont.) Grants


Anonymous (2) Chicago School of Professional Psychology John C. & Jane B. Colman Fund D&R Fund Estelle Ecker Foundation Epstein Wenger Supporting Foundation of the JFMC Fund for Innovation in Health of the Michael Reese Health Trust Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago Kaplan Family Foundation Kaplan Foundation Fund at the Chicago Community Trust Lerner Family Foundation Michael Reese Health Trust The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Ralph & Minerva Rose Fund REAM Foundation Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation Topfer Family Foundation United Way of Lake County Voices: The Teen Giving Circle The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

David Bardach Marilyn Eisenberg Tom & Sue Pick Ivy Silver & Steven Leshner Howard & Deborah Sitron The Jewish Child & Family Services Endowment Foundation was created in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Agency Endowment Program, which was established to assure that JCFS and our sister agencies have the necessary resources to meet growing and evolving Jewish community needs. All commitments to the Agency Endowment Foundation are recognized as gifts to the Jewish Federation’s Centennial Campaign.

In-Kind Donors Aaron Applebaum Stephen & Elizabeth Ballis Bears of Hope Marla Brodsky Camera Originals Charlie Trotter’s Chicago Cubs Marc Colman

Debby Hecht, JCFS Board Member, and her husband Greg Stewart are long-time supporters of JCFS.

In-Kind Donors (cont.) Four Seasons of Florence Marci & Steve Friedman & Family Galen Pharmacy of Lincolnwood Joshua Kahn The Kaplan Family Ord & Betsy Matek Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Matthias Mr. & Mrs. Jon Michelon & Family Propeller Jacki F. Santoro John & Marge Schaye Sewing Ladies of Emanual Congregation Temple Jeremiah

Your Story May be the One to Inspire Hope Jewish Child & Family Services makes respect for client privacy a number one priority. We also uphold the highest standard of professional ethics, which is why we don’t directly reach out to current clients to ask for stories while they are in our care. But we hope you will volunteer to share your story. It’s the personal stories of both clients and donors that put a face on the day-to-day miracles that “Redefine What’s Possible,” either in the life of an individual who receives services, or in the world with each donation. Please tell us your reasons for giving to JCFS, or let us know how we helped you and your family. Call Deanna Shoss at 312-673-2777, or email


Here’s MY Story

“Family Commons has provided a really warm and accepting place for Aitan to practice and improve his social skills. He’s met a diverse group of peers. He gets to interact with them while at the same time receiving the patient guidance of the supportive faculty. Aitan is enthusiastic about every session (even after a long bus ride home) and has taken advantage of several activities. He was so excited he began discussing classes in the spring even before the winter session was finished!” --Shirley, M., Mom in Skokie

I have worked with Holocaust survivors for 25 years and have such deep respect for their resilience and courage, having lived with the unthinkable. If you ask the survivors they will say that our program is their lifeline. JCFS listens to those people who can speak for themselves, but more importantly, JCFS speaks for those people who cannot speak for themselves. -- Audrey Cantor, Director of JCFS Holocaust Community Services, celebrating 25 years of service for JUF affiliated agencies.


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Defining Moments - Fall 2011  

Please enjoy our quarterly newsletter, Defining Moments

Defining Moments - Fall 2011  

Please enjoy our quarterly newsletter, Defining Moments