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February 25, 1994 - Image 79

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-25

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pv_q JEWISH
FAMILY
SERVICE

INSIDER

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE & RESETTLEMENT SERVICE
NE WSLET TER

WINTER/SPRING 1994

• EXPANDING OUR HORIZONS TO SERVE YOUR NEEDS •

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE RECEIVES SKILLMAN FOUNDATION AWARD

Om-

or,

Jewish Famtily Service is pleased to
announce the receipt of a $250,000 grant
award from the Skillman Foundation Van
Dukn Endowment Grant Program Fund.
This grant award will support end
in
ment fundraising efforts whip
earmarked for the agency's WINDOWS
Program. WINDOWS is a nonsectarian
Child Abuse and Family Vio1660e
Prevention Program. The Progi4M is an
outgrowth of a Child Abuse Preftti
Program which was initiated with:,
port of the Skillman Foundation in
Since 1987, the Skillman Foundatiodhas
provided extensive
to
Program. Today, I. tDOWS: is
comprehensive community-base
Program, offering both clinicalservices
and an extensive array of supportive ser-
vices to an at-risk population. WIN-
DOWS also includes a significant com-
munity education component incorporat-

and provides for growth of the principal.
ing the use of trained volunteers.
The Van Dusen program provides operat-
The agency has joined with the Jewish
ing support for the organizations while
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit to
they raise their endowments; a match for
raise end01'..
pr WINDOWS.
,eyery $3 raised once they complete their
e endow
endowment
mrent funs raising is
alien r4 training and technical
the agency's March, 1003 acceOnCeiii
sis
-sing endowment support.
the Vaniipusen Endol,nt14.4p
the
e
. s Oft:Service has been
rogr ant
ce vd to r
::$2 million of the $35
undat on 'in `part netship with the
Odt, to be used to fund the
mu ty Foundati60 for Ontheastern
prograr# helps charitable
INDO: .. Child Abuse and Family
Violence Prevention Program. The
OVationgqifithitte:
ain long-
receipt of the Skillman Foundation award,
rni financial stability thro
along with contributions of individuals
endowments.
.
andpther foundations brings the total
.e Van Dusen,:Endowment Challenge
.amoulit raised, to date, to close to
Vi es o ortunitiOs for eligible organi-.:
tc,000.
$.0V4s.'04..tbp.4§teie
.0.0
For further information about the WIN-
ichigan counties tb raise' 35 million in
DOWS Program, please contact Sandra
new endowments. Endowments are mon-
Hyman, Director, Department of Children,
etary gifts which are not spent. The gifts
Adult and Family Services at Jewish
are invested in a permanent fund which
Family Service, 559-1500.
produces income for current operations

.

MITZVAH ALERT!!

JFS HONORS
THREE DECADES
OF SERVICE

After three decades of dedicated ser-
vice, Arlene Goldberg, MSW, recently
announced her retirement. Arlene most
recently served as the JFS Director of
Children, Adult and Family Services. In
this capacity Arlene coordinated the deliv-
ery of clinical and non-clinical services to
children, couples and individuals in the
agency's Southfield office. Arlene also
coordinated the agency's intake process
and was responsible for program develop-
ment in the areas of emergency financial
assistance, child abuse and family vio-
lence prevention, housing relocation,
adoption and foster care placement.
Arlene joined JFS initially in the late
1940's when the agency was located on
Second Avenue near Wayne State
University. She served as an Intake
Worker. She then returned to JFS upon
receipt of her Master of Social Work
degree from Wayne State University. She
served as a caseworker providing counsel-
ing to individuals, children and adoles-
cents. At that time, the practice of family
counseling was not common in the field
of social work. In 1957, Arlene left the
agency to raise a family. She returned in
1965 and assumed the position of supervi-

Pi

sor in 1977. In 1989, Arlene was appoint-
ed Director of the Department of
Children, Adult and Family Services.
Her role as supervisor and teacher tran-
scended all of the positions she held with-
in the agency. An acknowledged "master
clinician", she guided social work staff in
the delivery of service and her apprecia-
tion for the needs of the community dis-
tinguished her among her peers. Arlene
played a pivotal role in the development
of the agency's Group Apartments for the
Elderly program, the administration of the
FEMA financial assistance program, the
policies and procedures of the agency's
clinical and non-clinical services, the
agency's archives and throughout main-
tained the agency's mandate fo • serving
the needs of the Jewish community. The
staff and Board wish her well as she
begins to enjoy her retirement.

Jewish Family Service is very excited
about a new program it is sponsoring,
Project Mitzvah. The goal of Project
Mitzvah is to reduce the level of isolation
many older adults experience by connect-
ing them with individuals, families and/or
organizations who are interested in
enhancing the quality of their own life
while bringing joy to the life of an older
adult.
We anticipate that Project Mitzvah will
have broad appeal because it allows indi-
viduals, families and/or organizations to
participate in a variety of
volunteer activities that do not require
large blocks of time. There are many
areas in which volunteers can greatly
enhance the quality of life of an older
adult: friendly visiting, the celebration of
holidays with nursing home residents,
and telephone reassurance.
Project Mitzvah allows individuals,
families and/or organizations to pledge
12, 18, or 36 (or more) hours of volunteer
work during 1994.
For more information, please call Judy
Kotzen at 559-1500.

NEW RESTITUTION
LAW MAY AFFECT
AREA RESIDENTS

The Restitution Office of Jewish
Family Service and Resettlement Service
has recently received information from the
German government regarding the estab-
lishment of a new benefit which may be
available for area women.
According to this law, the German
government may make available German
Social Security benefits for those women
who qualify, and were born prior to 1926;
left Germany between January 30, 1933
and May 8, 1945; and have biological
children born prior to December 31, 1949.
This new benefit applies only to moth-
ers who fled Germany during the Nazi
era.
For further information about eligibili-
ty, please call the Restitution Office of
Jewish Family Service and Resettlement
Service at 559-1500, ext. 237. The
Restitution Office is available to serve
clients Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays (9:00 am to 4:00 pm).

FOCUS ON OLDER
ADULT GROUP

The Older Adult group meets weekly
at the Southfield office of Jewish Family
Service on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30PM.
The group is led by two clinical social
workers in the Senior Services
Department: Carol Plotkin, MSW and
Arleene Green, MSW.
Currently, there are eight members in the
group, with openings for two additional
participants.
This group deals with issues related to
aging: loss, loneliness, concerns about
the future, as well as with individual per-
sonal problems. The participants o - ffer
counsel and support to each other in a
safe, confidential environment. A com-
mitment is made to attend weekly ses-
sions in order to maintain the group's con-
tinuity and to achieve individual goals.
Members say: "This is the one place we
can talk about our feelings...We feel better
when we come..."
Anyone interested can contact Carol
Plotkin or Arleene Green at 559-1500 for
further information.

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