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July 14, 1995 - Image 70

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-07-14

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

John D. Marx, President, JFS

At the close of our program year it is
gratifying to look back at what we have
accomplished. It has been a busy year in
which the visibility of Jewish Family
Service in our community has been
vastly increased. Because of spatial con-
straints, I will be able to enumerate only a
small portion of that which has transpired.
MERGER WITH
RESETTLEMENT SERVICE
Resettlement Service has long been
housed at JFS and the two agencies have
shared an Executive Director and other
administrative staff. After six months of
planning and cooperative efforts, RS offi-
cially became a part of our JFS family. The
merger was formally announced at our joint
Annual Meeting on June 8. I look forward
to working closely with Betsy Winkelman,
now a JFS Vice-President, and her entire
Executive Committee and Board of
Directors. The staffs and boards of both
agencies are to be congratulated on a smooth
merger which will ensure continuous service
to all clients in an efficient and caring manner.
MERGER WITH THE JEWISH HOUSE
OF SHELTER
The Jewish House of Shelter has also
operated as a part of JFS for many years. It
provides temporary housing for Jews passing
through our community. At the meeting on
June 8, the merger of JFS with the JHS was
announced. Many thanks are owed to Jerry
Bielfield, JHS President, for his long term
relationship with JHS and his invaluable
contribution to our community over the past
several years.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING
Our Education Forum Committee pre-
sented three outstanding programs during the
past year. Last fall, in collaboration with
four other community institutions, we uti-
lized four experts in their fields to present an
excellent overview of End of Life Issues. In
March, two of our social work staff mem-
bers provided more than 125 attendees with
a thorough insight into the complexities of
Defining the Limits: The Lines Between
Discipline and Abuse. Finally, in May,
Christina Crawford, author of Mommie
Dearest. was the guest speaker at our second
annual Reva Stocker Educational Lecture
Series.
GAEP
This year marked the 15th anniversary of
our Group Apartments for the Elderly pro-
gram. We continue to operate seven apart-
ments at North Park Place Apartments in
Southfield, providing a supportive living
environment for 21 older adults. This year,
we can count our first married couple among
our residents.
AIDS FUNDING
Under the federally funded Ryan White
Act and, most recently, through the
resources of the Michigan AIDS Fund, a
project of the Council of Michigan
Foundations. JFS received funds to provide
necessary counselling and transportation ser-
vices for individuals living with HIV/AIDS
and their affected family members.
OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Our JFS social workers continue to be in
•errand around our community, participat-
ing in panel discussions, making presenta-
tions to a variety of groups and institutions,
e nd facilitating workshops for other profes-
ionals. JFS is proud of its many joint ven-
ures with other agencies.
While pleased with the many exciting
vents of the past year, we are continually
ooking toward the future. We are working
and to embrace the changes that are being
mandated on federal and state levels, all the
hile making our commitment to our clients
ur number one priority.

DEBRA EDWARDS NAMED 1994/95
STAFF PERSON OF THE YEAR

Each year, the agency desig-
nates a specific staff person who

meets the extensive criteria estab-
lished for this award. The hon-
oree should make a unique con-
tribution to clients and fellow
employees through a positive and
helpful attitude; set an example
to others for high standards of
professional practice and be open
to personal growth and develop-
ment; embrace innovation, make
a conscious contribution towards
improving systems in the agency, Alan Goodman and John Marx congratulate Debra
demonstrate a commitment to the Edwards.
agency and add positively to the
atmosphere in the workplace.
A committee including past honorees, the Executive Director and Associate
Executive Director carefully evaluated nominees against the stated criteria. Debra
Edwards, Financial Assistance Worker/Fee Counselor, was named as the JFS 1994/95
Staff Person of the Year.
For the past five years, Debra has advocated strongly on behalf of clients seeking
emergency financial assistance. Her primary responsiblities include facilitating advoca-
cy and supportive services for financial assitance clients and conducting fee assessments
for new clinical clients. According to her supervisor, Judith S. Stevenson, MSW,
Debra's "commitment to seeking solutions for clients needs is outstanding. She has an
unlimited dedication to serving her clients while staying in the parameters of established
agency and government policies." The staff and board congratulate Debra on this special
honor.

JFS WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Jewish Family Service welcomed new board members at its recent Annual Meeting.
The nominating committee, under the chairmanship of Janice Shatzman, Past President,
presented the following slate of officers and Executive Committee members:
President: John Marx, D.D.S.
Executive Committee:
Vice President: Marta Rosenthal
Caren Landau-Levine
Vice President: Brent Triest
Janice Shatzman
Vice President: Betsy Winkelman
Jeannie Weiner
Secretary: Andrew Barbas
Stewart Weiner
Treasurer: Gary Snyder
Kathleen Wilson-Fink

Additionally, the following slate was presented as members of the 1995/96 Board of
Directors: Richard Barr; Ann Bass; Barbara Berry; Julie Bodnick, Robyn Canvasser;
Rhonda Dean-Pad; Margaret Demant; Fayga Dombey; Pola Friedman; Francine Gold;
Nancy Grand; Gail Hennes; Selwyn Isakow; Austin Kanter; Michelle Kleiman; Mark
Landau; Isaac Lakritz; Terran Leemis; Martin Levinson, MD; Myron Liner; Roman
Lundin; M. Jeffrey Maisels, MD; Ann Mandelbaum Mann; Frederic Marblestone; Irving
Nusbaum; Jo Elyn Nyman; Edith Resnick; Janis Roszler; Roman Shlafer, DDS; Rose
Lynn Schlussel; Lois Shiffman; Gilbert "Buzz" Silverman; Linda Soberman; Nathaniel
Warshay; Lucille Weisberg; Alan Yost; Helaine Zack; Linda Zaretzki.
We congratulate new and returning members of the Board of Directors and wish them
all a long, rewarding association with Jewish Family Service.

JFS AND RS HOST ANNUAL VOLUNTEER
RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

"Giving and Growing" was the theme
of this year's annual volunteer recognition
luncheon which took place during May at
the JPM Branch of the Jewish Community
Center. A beautiful buffet luncheon was
served, and the many volunteers who
attended enjoyed entertainment provided
by musician Ben Opengeim, along with a
pre-luncheon musical interlude by Itzhac
Prikupets.
Carolyn Davidson, Program Manager,
and the staff of the Volunteer Services
Department wishes to extend many thanks
to the Volunteer Services Steerina.
Committee and to its Special Programs
Sub-Committee for their hard work.
Ms. Davidson says: "Jewish Family
Service and Resettlement Service rely
heavily upon the services performed every
day by our many faithful volunteers." She
adds this message to our volunteers: "You
are a blessing!"

Volunteers and staff enjoy the recent annual
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

To join the agency as a volunteer or
to find out more information about
ways in which volunteers can meet
community needs, please contact
Carolyn Davidson, Program Manager,
Volunteer Services Department, at
(810) 559-1500.

JFS/RS HONOR
VOLUNTEERS

Jewish Family Service and
Resettlement Service announced their
volunteers of the year at the recent joint
Annual Meeting. The volunteers of the
year were chosen from an active corps of
over 350 JFS/RS volunteers.
Yusya Lekhtman was named
Resettlement Service Volunteer of the
Year. She was so appreciative of the help
she and her family received from
Resettlement Service when they arrived
here in 1991 that, in 1993, she asked to
volunteer in the Volunteer Services office.
Because she remembers what it means to
be in a new country, Yusya works particu-
larly well with new Americans who call to
make transportation arrangements.
Yusya's current goal is to become an
American citizen. It is certain she will
succeed and we will have another reason
to wish her Mazal Tov.
On her original application, Esther
Ressler, Jewish Family Service Volunteer
of the Year, stated her reason for wanting
to volunteer as: "...the need is so great for
so many people I want to help." This was
written in 1972. Esther has worked, ever
since, on Tuesdays, for the past 23 years.
She enjoys the distinction of being our
volunteer with the longest continuous ser-
vice. Esther's first volunteer role for the
agency was that of driver. Her lightheart-
ed outlook always relaxed clients who
were on their way to difficult medical
appointments. This attitude has followed
Esther from her services as driver, to her
current role as office assistant in the
Volunteer Services office, where she has
worked since 1978. She handles difficult
clients expertly, always acknowledging
their needs with kindness and grace.
Esther and Yusya are wished all the
best from the Board of Directors and staff
of Jewish Family Service and
Resettlement Service. They are valuable
members of our special team.

PROGRAM ENHANCES
OUTREACH EFFORTS

Working with the National Council of
Jewish Women — Greater Detroit Section,
co-sponsors of SAFE PLACE, a shelter for
Jewish women and children, JFS WIN-
DOWS program staff are developing sev-
eral methods of community education and
outreach about domestic violence. Some
of the recent efforts include:
• The development of an eye-catching
poster and advertisements to create
awareness of SAFE PLACE and the
WINDOWS Program within the Jewish
community.
• The distribution of a bookmark detail-
ing safe dating practices for men and
women. The bookmarks are currently
available at no cost at several local
bookstores and may soon be available
through your local library.
If you would like your own "safe
dating" bookmark or would like to
distribute the bookmarks in your
community, please contact Phil Elliott,
WINDOWS Program Coordinator, at
(810) 559-1500.

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