From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper

JFCS will be responsive to community needs as we move into 2021

We’ve turned the corner in many respects. 2020 is coming to an end, and a new year is just days away. Each of us in our own way is looking forward to a fresh start and a healthier year for ourselves and our communities. We’ve demonstrated our adaptability and we’ve opened ourselves to learning new things about ourselves and others. A pandemic, social unrest, and economic insecurity, to name only a few challenges, have forced all of us to approach daily living with greater insight and a willingness to enact change.

Thank you for supporting Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis and for volunteering your time (safely and physically-distanced), seeking us out for help you’ve needed, and recommending us to others. Your involvement and engagement with JFCS is the key to our success.

We’ve worked hard to use all the communication tools we have to ensure that the community knows about the programs and services we offer, and we’ve branded the organization as Here For All. Always. We mean it. JFCS is committed to offering the best professional care with boundless compassion, respectfully, and with a passion for inclusivity and understanding of diverse communities.

As we move into 2021, we hope you’ll keep an eye on all the ways we will be responsive to needs. Family Life Education will offer a variety of programs that focus on recovery from the 2020 challenges intended to help families and individuals, as well as schools and community groups. Counseling and other mental health support programs will be ready to offer therapy and coaching to help you face new challenges. Assisting older adults to remain active through transportation and shopping services will continue to be available. Career assistance for all those facing barriers to employment will be available.

In 2021, we will embark on our new strategic plan, readying the organization to anticipate the needs of the community, and to respond to all the challenges that we’ll face. If nothing else, 2020 has shown us what we’re made of and prepared us to be problem-solvers, planners, and innovative thinkers.