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October 11, 1991 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-10-11

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Can We Help?

Jewish Family Service provides assistance in more areas than you may be aware
of. Do you need help? Have questions? We are here to help you.

Call 559-1500

Clinical Counseling
Individual, marital, family and group therapy. Licensed Out-Patient Psychiatric
Clinic. Family Abuse Prevention Program.

Senior Services*
Counseling for the aged and their families. Assessment, evaluations, information
and referral. Group Apartment for the Elderly Program, In-Home Respite Care,
Homecare, Meals-On-Wheels (in cooperation with N.C.JW.) and Federation Apart-
ments), Volunteer programs: transportation, friendly visitors and grocery shoppers.

Emergency Assistance
Financial Assistance, Kosher Food Certificates, Emergency Aid. Services to
homeless and transients.

Children's Services
Adoption and child placement. Volunteer programs: Special Friends and Tutoring.

Jewish Family Life Education
The agency will sponsor or co-sponsor a series of workshops and support groups
on a variety of current family and community issues as requested by organizations
and the community.
Fees are based on ability to pay. Licensed and Certified for Major Insurance Plans.

*Licensed Medicare Provider

Jewish Family Service Hosts 23rd Annual
Volunteer Institute

Jewish Family Service will. host the
23rd Annual Volunteer Institute on
Monday, October 14, 1991. The
keynote speaker, Representative Max-
ine Berman, will discuss Living Wills
and Medicaid Benefits. Sandra Hyman,
M.SW., Director of Resettlement Ser-
vice, will also speak on volunteer op-
portunities at the agency.
A continental breakfast will be serv-
ed at 9:30 a.m. and the program will
run from 10-11:30 a.m. Volunteers of

Jewish Family Service and Resettle-
ment Service and their friends are in-
vited to attend.
This event will be held at the Agen-
cy for Jewish Education (formerly
United Hebrew Schools) on 21550 W.
12 Mile Road in Southfield.

For more information or to R.S.V.P.,
please call Marcy Pantelic, Program
Manager, Volunteer Services Depart-
ment, at 559-4046. ■

In-Home Respite Care Program...
offering help where help is needed.

As the costs of institional care have
escalated, nursing homes have become
oriented toward the more seriously ill
and minimally functional elderly and
hospitals try to release patients as early
as possible. These factors, in combina-
tion with the existence of strong family
attachments which make caregivers
reticent or unable to place family
members in care, have created an in-
creased need for the Respite Program.
With the primary purpose of main-
taining independence among its
clients, the Homemaker Program pro-
vides household management and sup-
portive services to persons experienc-
ing illness, disability, or temporary in-
capacity who need assistance to main-
tain their independant living status.
Although the program is offered to
everyone, the elderly comprise the ma-
jority of our clients. The Homemaker
Program serves over 300 individuals.
Funding for these programs is pro-
vided by the Jewish Federation of
Metro Detroit, the United Way, the
Area Agency on Aging 1-B and client fees.
The Family Preservation Program is
directed toward families in crisis who
need help with maintaining a secure
and nurturing home environment.
Children or family members in these

"My husband recently retired
and is driving me crazy (but it wasn't
much better before). Under no cir-
cumstance do I want him to know I
am asking for counseling. He would
be furious."
“1-1-7 ,
vv ere not out of love but we're
fighting all the time and we have to
do something about it."

My son is very stubborn and
won't listen (he's eight years old).
Sometimes we have to punish him. My
husband has a bad temper and
physically punishes him."

"I really don't know what to do. I
am not trained sufficiently to be
financially independent."


When a person in need of help
calls Jewish Family Service in
Southfield, the first contact is with
Helen Samberg, Intake Referral
Social Worker. Ms. Samberg has
worked in Intake for the past 29 years.
Calls for help are generally handl-
ed through the provision of either
clinical or concrete services. Re-
quests for clinical services include
counseling for individuals, married
couples, children, seniors, families
and/or group therapy. Requests for
concrete services include financial
assistance for food, rent, utilities or
requests for J.F.S. support services
such as in-home respite care,
homecare or volunteer services.
After the initial call in which Ms.
Samberg assesses the request, the
caller is assigned to a specific social
worker who will handle the case. All
general counseling clinical
assignments are made by Arlene
Goldberg, Director of Clinical Ser-
vices who supervises Intake. Assign-
ment of cases in the Senior Services
Department are handled by Phyllis
Schwartz, Director of Senior Services.
Requests for specialized services like
the family preservation program, or

for financial assistance or other con-
crete services are referred directly to
program staff.
Over the past year there has been
a large increase in requests for finan-
cial assistance due to the economic
recession and the cutbacks in govern-
ment assistance to low-income peo-
ple. Jewish Family Service helps peo-
ple to cope with food coupons,
money to prevent utility cut offs and
evictions, information on government
and local resources and referrals to
other agencies.
Each month, Intake handles ap-
proximately 200 new requests for
assistance. In total, the agency sees
approximately 550 clinical cases and
1000 concrete service cases in a
month-long period.
Calls to the agency's West Bloom-
field office are handled by Yvonne
Bernstein, Director, who makes the
initial assessment and assigns the
case to one of the social workers at
this location.
Jewish Family Service offers high
quality services for people of all ages.
For additional information, please
call Helen Samberg at 559-1500 or
Yvonne Bernstein at 737-5055. ■


Below is the answer key to the Spring 1991 JFS INSIDER crossword puzzle
by Margaret Weiner, Associate Executive Director of Jewish Family Service.

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Jewish Family Service's Homecare
Program offers a vital resource to families
and individuals in need of extra help.
The program, managed by Linda
Syszko, provides a number of important
services, including respite, homemak-
ing and family preservation services.
The Respite Program relieves the
primary caregiver from the constant
responsibility of helping a family
member who may suffer from a
physical disability or serious illness. It
enables the caregiver to leave the
house to run errands or to escape the
ongoing pressure at home.
"Our program is really for the per-
said Annette
son that's well, not
Pines, RN, B.SW., who provides assess-
ment and ongoing supportive services.
The program reduces the physical
demands and emotional stress and
anxiety levels of caregivers. Without
such relief, the caregivers would not
have the ability to care both for
herself/himself and the ill family member.
The Respite workers are all nurse's
aides who recieve ongoing training and
supervision in their work. They may
serve as companions and also offer
help with grooming, bathing, dressing,
walking, feeding, preparing meals and
changing linens.



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homes could be potential abuse vic-
tims, if not for this unique program.
The Homecare workers provide emo-
tional and physical support and act as
role models for their clientsThis com-
ponent of the program is funded through
a grant from the Skillman Foundation.
In the fall, the Homecare Program
is planning to train the staff on how to
work with Aids patients.
For more information about the
Homecare program, please contact
Linda Syszko, Homecare Program
Manager, at 559-1500. ■

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