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July 08, 1994 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-08

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Jewish Family Service and Resettlement
Service announced their Volunteers of the
Year at the recent joint Annual Installation
meeting. The Volunteers of the Year were
chosen from an active corps of over 350
JFS/RS volunteers.

If you are an older adult, or someone
are delighted to talk to more people who

Each year, Jewish Family Service des-
ignates a specific staff person who meets
the extensive criteria established for this
award. The honoree should make a unique
contribution to clients and fellow employ-
ees through a positive and helpful atti-
tude; set an example to others for high
standards of professional practice and be
open to personal growth and develop-
ment; embrace innovation, make a con-
scious contribution toward improving sys-
tems in the agency, demonstrate a com-
mitment to the agency and add positively
to the atmosphere in the work place.

Alan Goodman, Director, JFS; Meyer King, JFS Volunteer
of the Year; Elina Zilberberg, Director, Volunteer Services;
Herb Schein, RS Volunteer of the Year.

Meyer King was named Jewish Family
Service Volunteer of the Year. Since, 1981,
Meyer has volunteered as a driver for agency
clients. Volunteer drivers help to transport
clients, particularly homebound clients or
new Americans, to _needed medical appoint-
ments or grocery shopping. Meyer retired
from his volunteer position this year and will
be sorely missed by agency clients. Meyer
always took a keen interest in understanding
the needs of agency clients and even studied
Russian to enhance his communication
Herbert Schein was named Resettlement
Service Volunteer of the Year. Herb was the
driving force behind the agency's ware-
house. The warehouse collected household
goods and furniture for new refugee arrivals.
Herb managed the warehouse, guided its
volunteers, and was instrumental in coordi-
nating the cleaning process before recently
returning the space to Northland Mall.
A hearty Mazal Tov to both Meyer and
Herb! JFS and RS are very fortunate to have
so many dedicated volunteers. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer, please
contact Elina Zilberberg, Program Manager,
Volunteer Services Department at 559-1500.

Alan Goodman, Director, JFS, with Carol Plotkin, JFS
Staff Person of the Year.

A committee including past honorees, the
Executive Director and the Associate
Executive Director carefully evaluated nomi-
nations against the stated criteria. Carol
Plotkin, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, was
named as the Jewish Family Service 1993-
94 Staff Person of the Year. Carol joined
the JFS staff in 1986 as a member of the
agency's Senior Adult Services Department.
Carol serves as an active member of the
agency's staff social committee and has sig-
nificant experience in individual and group
counseling for older adults and individuals
with disabilities. "Carol truly puts her all in
everything she does for the agency. She has
tremendous sympathy and insight as a social
worker and offers a high caliber of profes-
sionalism to all of her clients", noted Phyllis
Schwartz, Director, Senior Adult Services

who is physically challenged, or if you
have just arrived in the United States,
given the lack of reliable public transporta-
tion, how would you get to the hospital or
to your doctor's appointments or even to
the grocery store? You would call the
Transportation Department at Jewish
Family Service. You would be scheduled
for one of the 50 to 60 rides offered daily
and would be charged a nominal sum that
is calculated on a sliding scale basis. You
would then receive
personalized door-to-door escorted service.
Calls into the Transportation
Department are answered by one of the
volunteer office staff, including Russian
speaking volunteers, who take about 50
calls daily. There is a professional staff of
three supporting the office volunteers, the 6
paid drivers and the three volunteer drivers.
"We couldn't offer the service we do with-
out our wonderful volunteers," Barbara
Eisenberg, Billing Analyst, says, "and we

want to volunteer to do such mitzvot for
their community." Elina Zilberberg,
Program Manager, Volunteer Services
Department adds: "We are the only trans-
portation service in the Jewish community
to offer escorted driving services. This is a
boon for those who are too frail to walk
without assistance, or for the clients who
do not have the strength to open the door
of a car."
A volunteer driver can put in as many
hours weekly as is desired, with a mini-
mum service of one half day per week. An
office worker will sign up for a minimum
of one half day per week, and a volunteer
grocery shopper also will work one half
day (or more) weekly. Drivers and grocery
shoppers are desperately needed now, as
there is barely enough help to go around.
CALL 559-4046.

Volunteer Office Assistants & Drivers

From left (front row): Miriam Rose, Ruth Krochmal, Dorothy Herschbein, Kay
Haron, Harold Israel, Grace Schwartz, Margaret Weiner (Assistant Executive
Director, JFS).
From left (back row): Ruth Fine, Barbara Eisenberg(JFS Billing Analyst), Sylvia
Hubert-Goldberg, Lana Kaytser (RS caseworker), Gerald Bayer (Director of RS)


Service and
Service held
their joint
r. John Marx, incoming president, M
eeting on n
FS, and Janice Shatzman, outgoing
June 9, 1994,
resident, JFS.
t Congregation Shaarey Zedek. At this
eeting, outgoing presidents Janice
hatzman of Jewish Family Service, and
Feldman of
Service were
honored fol-
lowing distin-
guished ser-
vice as presi-
etsy Winkelman, incoming president, RS,
nd Marcy Feldman, outgoing president,
ohn D. Marx, D.D.S. of Jewish Family
ervice, and Betsy Winkelman of
esettlement Service, were installed
long with new agency Board members.

John Marx joined the JFS Board in 1986,
has served on the agency's Executive
Committee for four years and has served
as Vice President for the past two years.
Betsy Winkelman joined the RS Board in
1991 and has served on the agency's
Executive Committee and as Vice
President for the past year.
Gary Snyder was appointed to the
Executive Committee of Jewish Family
Service. Additionally, Gail Hennes,
Amy Hoffman Haimann, Myron Liner,
Frederic L. Marblestone, Janis Roszler,
Lois Shiffman, Gilbert "Buzz" Silverman,
Linda Soberman and Neal F. Zalenko
were welcomed to the JFS Board of
Suzanne Gildenberg, Ronald Hodess,
Roman Lundin, Ann Mandelbaum-Mann,
Steven Tapper and Linda Zaretzki were
welcomed to the RS Board of Directors.
We congratulate Dr. John Marx and
Betsy Winkelman for being nominated
agency presidents and we welcome new
board members to both agencies and wish
them all a long and rewarding association
with us.


Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity?
Jewish Family Service needs SPECIAL FRIENDS to serve as
role models to needing youngsters. Once you make your one year
commitment to meet weekly for five hours, you will be matched
with a child, and the two of you will embark on a wonderful
adventure together.
While becoming friends, you may do homework, go on spe-
cial trips, or even just hang out with each other. Being a SPE-
CIAL FRIEND to someone could be one of the best experiences
of both of your lives.
For more information about this program, please call Elina
Zilberberg, JFS/RS Volunteer Services Program Manager
at 559-1500.

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