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FamilyMatters Volume 24, No. 1 • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

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HUNGER IS NOT A GAME Mitzvah Corps at the Food Pantry

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JFS Senior Solutions NORC Program a Model for Senior Services By Cathy Grimm, LCSW Director of JFS Senior Solutions

We recently received some exciting

news! JFS was awarded a three-year $905,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to design and implement a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) pilot project in Wheat Ridge. JFS is working with three core partners on this project: Jefferson Center for Mental Health, HealthSET, and Seniors’ Resource Center. The program will provide a growing population of seniors with greater access to health care, mental health, and social and civic engagement where they live. NORCs are communities in which Cathy Grimm significant numbers of seniors live. These communities offer the ideal environment to provide support services that enhance their lives and health. JFS has seen remarkable success with its NORC program in the City of Edgewater. By offering needed services in communities with a high concentration of older adults, we can cost-effectively reach more people with vital services. We are promoting self-sufficiency, alleviating isolation, reducing health care costs, and allowing older adults to maintain their social networks. Plus, participants take an active role in planning and implementing the program, which empowers them to be responsible for their own health and wellness.

The NORC program in Wheat Ridge is an expanded model from traditional NORCs as it will be delivered in a larger geographic area with a greater emphasis on wellness, healthy living, and access to health care, primarily for low-income seniors. This significant grant is an affirmation of JFS’s work in this area that is delivering meaningful results for the people we serve. JFS has expertise in working with seniors and a proven track record of implementing successful NORC programs, and now we can demonstrate that this model works on a larger scale and can be replicated anywhere. As the lead agency in this project, JFS will provide program management, activity implementation, and program evaluation. We have ambitious plans and hope to serve 250 Wheat Ridge seniors in the first year, increasing to 560 by year three. I invite JFS supporters to come out and see this wonderful program in action. As director of JFS Senior Solutions and JFS at Home, Cathy Grimm develops and implements programs and services for the senior community. Cathy has served JFS since 1995 and is a recognized expert in the field of aging. Prior to joining the agency, Cathy held positions with the Mental Health Corporation of Denver, Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Denver Probate Court, and Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need. Every day, JFS helps people overcome life’s challenges to live fuller, more meaningful lives. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to those with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis. Every year, the agency benefits more than 20,000 people of all ages, faiths, incomes, and abilities. For more information, call 303.597.5000 or visit 2


SHALOM Denver Launches New Job Seekers Website If you are unemployed

or looking to change jobs, SHALOM Denver has a great new tool for you to check out, The Job Seeker’s Guide: This free site is for anyone in the process of finding employment, whether you are looking for your first job, changing careers, or anything in between. You can follow an easy step-by-step process that will assist you with everything from employment planning to the job search. You will find exercises and worksheets to help you match skills with jobs and practice interview questions. There are templates to write a résumé and cover letter, and links to a variety of local resources for ancillary services. Check it out and refer others who may be looking for a job! If you have any questions, please contact SHALOM Denver at 303.623.0251. This site is funded by a grant through the International Association of Jewish Vocational Service, of which SHALOM Denver is a member.

Clean Out Your Closets to Help JFS! An easy way to help JFS serve those in

need is by cleaning out your closets! Your donation of gently used clothing, shoes, and household items through Healing Minds generates funds that support the mental health programs at JFS and subsidize the cost of counseling services for our clients. Schedule a home pickup online at or by calling 303.232.4483.


Family Matters is published bimonthly by Jewish Family Service of Colorado, 3201 S. Tamarac Dr., Denver CO 80231 Cover: Gebru Ghilhe with his wife, Zgebe, and son, Yikalo with JFS staff members Cathy Wellwood and Janet Haile. Read their story on page 8. (Photo by Chris Schneider.) FAMILY MATTERS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014


18th Annual Movie Fundraiser Raises More Than $480,000 to Support JFS Programs Last month, Jewish Family Service supporters hit the red carpet at the Ellie Caulkins Opera

House for Reel Hope 2013, the agency’s annual film benefit. More than 525 attendees celebrated with honorees Norman Brownstein and Rabbi Steven and The Honorable State Senator Joyce Foster and enjoyed a screening of the highly acclaimed film Torn. Guests posed for photos on the red carpet and enjoyed cocktails and delectable international hors d’oeuvres by Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House. The honorees shared their personal, heartfelt connections to JFS after receiving their awards. Before the film screening, attendees watched an inspirational and poignant video to learn more about the agency’s work. JFS raised more than $480,000, including more than $50,000 in donations that evening. Thanks to co-chairs Ed Barad, David and Allison Foster, Danny and Becky Foster, and Debbie Foster; the committee; and the honorees for their roles in making the event such a success. Our deepest thanks to all the wonderful community-minded individuals and organizations that support the agency through this event! Please visit to view Reel Hope 2013 photos and the video shown at the event.

JFS Board Chair Eric Pollock with honorees State Senator Joyce and Rabbi Steven Foster.

Reel Hope co-chairs (L to R): Marlin and Ed Barad, David and Allison Foster, Becky and Danny Foster, and Debbie Foster.

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JFS President and CEO Yana Vishnitsky (right) with honoree Norman Brownstein and his wife, Sunny.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors: Producers: $25,000

Norman and Sunny Brownstein Steve and Elizabeth Kris Joyce Zeff Production Designers: $15,000 Brent and Julie Morse Philip and Elle Winn Production Managers: $10,000 Marshall and Helene Abrahams Elaine and Max Appel

Stephen and Natalie Goldman Jack and Celeste Grynberg MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation The Piton Investment Fund Directors: $5,000 The Appel Kids Foster, Graham, Milstein & Calisher LLP Rabbi Steven and The Honorable State Senator Joyce Foster Freeman Family Foundation Ken and Rebecca Gart Lynda M. Goldstein Charlie Gwirtsman and Nancy Reichman Stan and Louan Kamlet Mass Mutual Colorado Miller Global Properties National Jewish Health Pluss Family Foundation Eric and Ellen Pollock Stanton and Jane E. Rosenbaum Gary and Karen Winnick Gary and Terri Yourtz

David and Michelle Friedman Will and Sheri Gold Jerry and Lorna Gray Green Manning & Bunch, Ltd. Hogan Lovells Julian Izbiky and Jennifer Rothschild Jimmy and Debbie Lustig Oak Tree Foundation Michael Opatowski and Ruth Malman Julius and Rose Pluss Richard and Michele Right Chet and Louise Schwartz Seff Group, P.C. UMB Bank Colorado Yana Vishnitsky and Jim Wolfe Associate Producers: $1,500 Antonoff & Co. Gary and Donna Antonoff David and Anna Asarch Dan and Carla Bartell Alan and Gayle Boxer Barry and Gay Curtiss-Lusher Denver Agency Company EI Charitable Foundation Feldman Mortuary, Inc. Marvin and Nancy Gart Michael and Suzan Geller Leland Huttner

JEWISHcolorado Robert Kaufmann and Jennifer GilbertKaufmann Buzz and Shelly Krovitz Rocky and Suzi Miller MorEvents Robert and Robyn Naiman Jay and Lisa Perlmutter Jordon and Essie Perlmutter Andrea Pollack and William Hankinson Robinson Management Company Connell and Laurie Saltzman Meyer and Geri Bader Saltzman Richard and Jo Sanders Stephan and Kerry Shelanski Springwood Retirement Campus Matt Williams Cinematographers: $1,000 Michael and Debbie Feiner Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld Jack and Andrea Hyatt Walter Isenberg Don Kortz Gary and Connie Levine Patton Boggs, LLP Steve and Kay Shraiberg Spectrum Retirement Communities, LLC

Casting Directors: $2,500 Argonaut Wine & Liquors Ed and Marlin Barad Bo and Lauren Brownstein ColoradoBiz Magazine Dependable Cleaners Terry Fenner and Dawn Richard First Western Trust Bank



PROGRAM Spotlight You’ve probably heard of

Will Garth

SHALOM Denver, a division of JFS that provides employment, training, and job placement opportunities to people with disabilities, employment challenges, and those moving from public assistance to work. Did you know that SHALOM offers a full array of business services that includes mailing, packaging and assembly, digital printing, and labor services at competitive prices? SHALOM staff can handle a wide range of tasks with the assurance that the project will be done right. And, because we employ and train people with disabilities, you have the satisfaction of knowing that when you do business with us, you’re also giving back to your community. Will Garth, business development manager, joined SHALOM Denver in 2013. He brings a wealth of SHALOM Peace Planters


SHALOM Denver Business Services


experience in printing and sales, as well as a passion for our mission. He says, “My long-term goal is to maximize mailing, packaging, and assembly revenue for SHALOM Denver to help more clients (people receiving employment and training services at SHALOM Denver). I hope to bring in as many diversified jobs as possible from every type of business for the SHALOM Denver work floor so that no one gets bored from repetition. My objective is to keep the clients and managers fully engaged and challenged with new and fresh work opportunities. These diverse projects will help provide a well-rounded prevocational training experience and thereby open up the field for potential permanent work situations.” One opportunity that Will is excited about is the new SHALOM Peace Planter project, consisting of creative potted plants using recycled pots donated by Arc Thrift Stores. This venture is perfectly aligned with SHALOM Denver’s mission of helping people with developmental disabilities gain valuable work skills so they can move forward in either a supported or independent work setting. A vocational specialist at SHALOM with a horticulture background works with clients to assemble the pots at The Emerald Leaf Wholesale Greenhouse in Arvada and take them to market. The creations are sold at 13

area Arc Thrift Stores, various hospital gift shops and restaurants, or directly through SHALOM Denver. Will hopes to grow this venture by having more clients work on the planters and by increasing sales. Will began his corporate career in engineering as an electromechanical and printed circuit board designer with Electronic Processors, Inc., and Honeywell’s Test Instruments Division (TID). The second phase of his career was in auto ID, automation, digital print software, and print technology sales at several of the major document technology firms, including UARCO, Standard Register, Moore-Wallace, and RR Donnelley. Will spent the last eight years as the business leader for Electronic Data Products, Colorflex Division. “I’m now semiretired and feel so fortunate

to be able to use “My objective is to keep the my sales and clients and managers fully marketing skills engaged and challenged to promote and with new and fresh work grow the business opportunities.” —Will Garth service offerings of SHALOM Denver,” says Will. “I enjoy serving as an advocate for people with disabilities and supporting the programs that help them succeed.” He adds, “While I think I do a great job of scouting out and hunting down opportunities, I can’t do it alone. Every referral is appreciated!” Contact Will for help with your printing, mailing, packaging, and assembly needs or referrals. He can be reached at 303.623.0251,

Spiritual Healing Bereavement Group Begins February 5 A bereavement group for people who have experienced

the loss of a loved one will begin Wednesday, February 5, at 2:00–3:30 p.m. and meet weekly through March 26. This unique eight-session group not only supports people through the process of grieving but also fosters connections with self, faith, and community by integrating Jewish traditions and rituals. The group will be co-facilitated by Rabbi Eliot Baskin, D.Min, Jewish community chaplain, and Arleen Gershen, LCSW, a JFS psychotherapist. The cost for the eight sessions is $100; arrangements can be made for those who may have difficulty paying. For more information or to sign up for the group, contact Arleen Gershen at 720.248.4598 or



Refugee Mental Health In last year’s January/February issue

of Family Matters, we told you about Gebru, a refugee from Eritrea who was separated from his wife and young son when he moved to this country. (Read the full story at Our Refugee Mental Health staff members have been working with Gebru for two years to reunite his family. We are happy to report that this reunion finally happened in late October, and Gebru’s wife, Zgebe, and son, Yikalo, are now living here with him! Gebru was beside himself with excitement when he received the call that his family was on a list to fly to Denver on October 22. “What I could do was limited because I didn’t

Gebru and Yikalo play with a new toy car.



Reuniting a Family have financial stability,” says Gebru through a translator. “But I was living with roommates and knew I needed an apartment for my family, so I had to take care of that right away.” Luckily, he had a friend living in an apartment complex that had a furnished one-bedroom apartment available, and signed the lease on October 30, the day that his family arrived in Denver! He also got a car seat and a few toys for his son prior to their arrival. Zgebe had been packed for quite a while, and when she found out what day she and Yikalo were coming to Denver, it didn’t take long to gather their things and leave the refugee camp in Ethiopia that had been their home for more than five years. Janet Haile, JFS Refugee Mental Health administrative assistant, who is also from Eritrea and translates for Gebru, greeted Zgebe and Yikalo at the gate at DIA on October 30. She escorted them to the terminal, where Gebru was waiting to see his family after being separated for two years and four months. “I was so anxious to see them come off the escalator,” says Gebru. “I can’t even describe how overwhelmed and happy I was to see them!” Yikalo was asleep on his mom’s back when they arrived. After a long embrace with his wife, Gebru gently took Yikalo and held him. Although he was only 14 months old when he last saw his dad, Yikalo recognized his voice from their daily phone calls and seemed to feel comfortable in his father’s arms. He quickly started calling him “Baba,” which means “Daddy” in his language.

Now that his “I can’t describe family is reunited, how overwhelmed Gebru no longer and happy I was to struggles with the see them.” depression he —Gebru Ghilhe had battled since arriving in America more than two years ago. “I am at peace now. Before Zgebe and Yikalo arrived, my prayer was to have them here with me, even if it meant we were all homeless, had no clothes, and were hungry,” Gebru says passionately. While the family shares a one-bedroom apartment and struggles to live on Gebru’s minimum-wage income, they do have a place to live, clothing, and food to eat—some of which is coming from the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry. Gebru humbly says, “Cathy [Wellwood, Refugee Mental Health coordinator] just did so much to help me. I don’t want to ask for help for my family.” To which Cathy replies, “It’s my job and my pleasure!” As we conducted this interview and she saw what needs Gebru and Zgebe have, she started listing ways she could be of service. Cathy is working with the resettlement agency to ensure that Gebru and his family have medical insurance, and will be helping them apply for subsidized housing so they can move into a larger apartment. Gebru would like Yikalo to go to preschool so he can learn social skills and English, and Cathy will work on finding a school they can afford. Zgebe was never allowed to go to school and is illiterate. She says, “My brain is open and I want to learn.” Cathy plans to find an English tutor who will come to their apartment to start teaching Zgebe English. While there is still a lot that needs to happen before Gebru and his family feel completely at home here, their prayers have been answered and they are so happy to be a family again!

Gebru with his wife, Zgebe, and son, Yikalo. Photos by Chris Schneider.





Do New Year’s Resolutions Really Work?

By Stacey Weisberg, LPC Mental health director

The top three most common

New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, to quit smoking, and to exercise regularly. Those who make a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to successfully change their behavior than those who do not. It is also clear that the particular goal chosen has no relationship to success. So the question is, what does it take to be successful with your New Year’s goal? Research shows that successful goal setters anticipate the limits of their willpower. People fail because they will eventually run out of self-discipline. Social scientists say willpower is a real form of mental energy. It is powered by glucose and is Stacey Weisberg eventually used up when you exert self-control. A recent study showed that those with the best self-control are those who use their restraint less often. Instead of fending off one temptation after another, they design their days to minimize temptations. They use willpower in advance to avoid crises, conserve energy, and outsource as much self-control as possible. Another strategy for success is called stimulus control; for example, avoiding a smoky bar after resolving to quit smoking. The best predictor of

change is how prepared a person is to enter the action stage of behavior change. Here are tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolution: • Focus on just one resolution at a time. • Set a specific goal like “I want to lose one pound per week.” • Email your goal to friends or post it on Facebook to help keep you accountable. • Be realistic. If you’re thinking about setting the same goal as you always do but never achieve it, ask yourself if this goal is something you need to let go of. Or think of a reason that would be good enough to commit to the goal this time. • Visualize yourself with the goal achieved. What would it look like and how would you feel? • Use anchors and tie the goal to a habit you already have in place. For example, “I’ll exercise right after I brush my teeth.” Stacey Weisberg, a licensed professional counselor, directs Jewish Family Service Mental Health Specialists. Stacey has treated individuals and families in a variety of settings, including at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where she worked for four years. Her main areas of focus are parent-child relationships, blended and stepfamilies, and mediation. Her recent interests include integrated care and refugee mental health. Stacey also devotes time to developing collaborative relationships among parents, schools, and the community.

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Matter Sexuality and Aging

By Jillian Whittier, MSW JFS Senior Solutions care manager

NPR recently aired a segment on

sexuality in skilled nursing facilities that got a lot of people talking. The segment featured Hebrew Home for the Aged, a facility in Riverdale, New York, that has become famous for its formalized policy encouraging residents to exercise their right to sexuality. Sexuality and aging has somehow become a taboo topic, but professionals in the fields of gerontology and long-term care are discussing the issue and how to ensure that older adults maintain their right to sexual expression, even when living in a long-term care facility. Currently, 18 U.S. states have addressed the rights of residents of nursing facilities to have conjugal visits by a spouse, Professionals and and four states residents alike honor non-spouse should be able partner rights, but to communicate about the need for these legal rights aren’t always emotionally and physically intimate enough to create an environment relationships. where exercising them is actually possible. Appropriate sexual expression is often prevented in facilities by the actions of staff, family intervention, lack of formal policies and procedures regarding resident sexual expression, and basic lack of privacy. Residents often share rooms, and don’t always have the space they need to be able to engage in appropriate sexual activities, which is one reason why it is important that facilities create policies that address these privacy concerns. It is also important that staff of nursing facilities receive education and training on this topic. Without the proper education, staff members often feel uncomfortable with the

idea of residents engaging in sexual activity, and can intentionally or unintentionally inhibit residents from exercising this right. Clinical staff can sometimes look at residents more as patients than as people, and forget to look at the well-being of a person beyond medical necessity. It is important for staff to have a well-rounded understanding of human needs, even as these needs extend beyond the medical basics, and include things like sexual expression and intimacy. Although the conversation can feel uncomfortable, it is important that professionals and residents alike be able to communicate about ongoing human need Jillian Whittier for emotionally and physically intimate relationships. In fact, sexual intimacy can significantly increase quality of life for residents in nursing facilities, and as facilities continue in the movement toward creating more homelike environments with a less institutionalized feel, the right to appropriate sexual expression is one important factor that should be honored and respected. Jillian Whittier, MSW, serves as a care manager in the JFS Senior Solutions department. She works to connect older Americans in the Denver area with resources that are valuable to their individual needs. Jillian also coordinates the Senior Companion program at JFS, which connects senior clients who are in need of assistance with grocery shopping and appointments to senior volunteers who are able to assist with these needs.



HUNGER Is Not a Game

Fun, Learning, and Good Deeds at the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry

By Audrey Friedman Marcus

In 2012, Paula Gudder

read in the B’nai Havurah newsletter about Jewish Family Service’s new Mitzvah Corps program for students age 12 and up. It immediately occurred to her that volunteering at the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry would be a perfect opportunity for her granddaughter, Rochelle, a 15-year-old sophomore at George Washington High School. Rochelle, intrigued, thought this experience might be fun and interesting, and for the last year she has enthusiastically joined other teenagers at the food pantry on the first Thursday of each month from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Together, they take on some of the enormous physical work that goes into running the pantry, such as stocking shelves, filling meal bags, sorting food donations, bagging rice, and—at Passover time— packing boxes of Passover foods to be distributed to needy clients. Even in summer, Mitzvah Corps students help out one morning each month. Rochelle particularly likes to stock the shelves Rochelle volunteering at the Food Pantry and enjoys seeing what items have been donated for the clients. It’s not all physical labor, though. Teenagers Mitzvah Corps enriches the lives of clients and have fun while working together. And, in a also provides significant benefits to the young program devised by the pantry staff, they also people involved. According to Jill Friedman learn valuable information about poverty, the Fixler, founder and former president of the insecurity of hunger, food stamps, and why the JFFixler Group and an expert in volunteer pantry is so essential. The learning component engagement, early volunteer experience features videos, games, guest speakers, and is a training ground for future community other engaging activities. This aspect of the involvement. In fact, she states, most adult program gives Rochelle and other participants volunteers report having volunteered as teens. a deeper understanding of the serious issues Young volunteers also reap many other facing our community and the truth about advantages. Meaningful volunteer work hunger—which, assuredly, is not a game. contributes to maturity, confidence, inter-



personal skills, and leadership development, and—in a small but meaningful way—enables teens to change the world. The satisfaction that comes from helping others can be life-changing. Young people who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, to graduate, and to vote. Additionally, citing volunteer involvement on college applications calls attention to a student, and sometimes even results in eligibility for certain scholarship assistance or financial aid. Volunteer experiences look great on résumés and job applications, too. JFS volunteer services director Nancy Benyamin is currently recruiting additional participants for the Mitzvah Corps. Rochelle Gudder is on board to help her. Mitzvah Corps is an ideal way for teens to satisfy requirements for volunteer hours in Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, or school programs. In exchange, they will receive useful experience, enriching knowledge, and long-lasting satisfaction. Is your son or daughter a potential candidate? Or your grandchild, niece, nephew, friend’s child, neighbor’s kid? If the answer is yes, please don’t delay. Call Nancy at JFS now: 720.248.4642. Audrey Friedman Marcus is a volunteer writer for JFS. She was founder and executive vice president of A.R.E. Publishing, Inc. for 30 years before retiring in 2001. She also founded the annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture and authored the book Survival in Shanghai: The Journals of Fred Marcus 1939 to 1949 (Pacific View Press).

Mitzvah Corps members stock the shelves in the Weinberg Food Pantry.

STAFF Anniversaries Congratulations to the following staff members celebrating their anniversaries in January and February: 35 years: Arnie Kover, Disability and Employment Services director 25 years: Alla Milstein, New American support advisor 10 years: Holly Schubert, SHALOM Denver enclave supervisor



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Jewish Family Service of Colorado Joyce and Kal Zeff Building 3201 South Tamarac Drive Denver CO 80231-4394 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED tel: 303.597.5000 fax: 303.597.7700

Beneficiary Agency of JEWISHcolorado and Mile High United Way

Social services for Jewish Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from The Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

SAVE THE DATE JFS EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Grand Hyatt Denver



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