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April 08, 1994 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-04-08

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When 14-year-old Jerry came to Detroit
from the former Soviet Union, he spoke
little English and knew none of his
classmates. His parents enrolled him in
one of the Fresh Air Society's specialty
camps where he could develop skills,
have a Jewish camp experience and make
new friends. In no time, Jerry became a
water-skiing champ, winning all of the
camp's awards. He had such an exciting
first summer that he's already enrolled
for the coming camp season.

At 55, Donald could no
longer handle a regular work-
day schedule because of
decreasing vision and motor skills
capabilities. Donald, who has
developmental disabilities, needed an
outlet to be productive and active. The
Jewish Vocational Service's Activities
Program for Seniors helps enhance the
quality of life for senior adults with
disabilities while promoting their health
and well-being. People like Donald can
participate in community events and
often are mainstreamed with retirees
who do not have disabilities.



would have felt lonely
and isolated had she not moved
into the Jewish Home for Aged's
Fleischman Residence. After
suffering a stroke, Bessie lived
in a local apartment complex with
full-time care. But there was no
social life. Her sister, a resident
at Fleischman, encouraged her
to move. Since coming to
Fleischman, Bessie is part of a
drama group, member of the
chorus and a fashion show model.

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Joan and her 10-year-old son, Barry,
came to the Jewish Family Service for
help after she divorced her abusive
husband. Assisted by a Special Friend
who serves as a male role model and
buddy, Barry is learning to communicate
better, and his episodes of acting out
have been reduced. In therapy, Joan is
learning to develop her independence,
and her self-esteem has improved. The
Women's Empowerment Group provides
additional support for women in
transition like Joan.


The Denies family is strongly involved in
their synagogue, but wanted to become
more inolved in the Jewish community.
The Agency for Jewish Education-based
Jewish Experiences For Families gave
them that opportunity. A joint program
of the AJE, Fresh Air Society and Jewish
Community Center, J.E.F.F. encouraged
the family to join other families
acquiring new skills to strengthen their
Jewish observance, learn Jewish values
and build Jewish memories. Their
J.E.F.F. experiences have encouraged
the Devrieses to participate in more
community programs.

Carol, a resident of a group home for people
with developmental disabilities, had little
self-confidence until she worked in aJewish
Vocational Service community-based
"enclave." In the enclaves, which benefitJVS
clients once considered unemployable,
employers outline work they need done
and contract JVS workers to complete
the tasks. With her new job assembling
products for a medical supply firm,
Carol's self-image and confidence
grew. So great were her accomplish-
ments, that she left her group home
for a semi-independent apartment.
Today, she lives on her own with
support from JVS. Additional
support is provided byJARC.

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