From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper

At this time of year, I find it easy to appreciate the beauty of holiday lights that lighten up the dark afternoons and evenings, not to mention my mood. While the early darkness descends way before evening begins, limiting my outdoor activities, I am keenly aware that in just a few days, daylight will remarkably begin to accumulate once again. Little by little, the days will lengthen until the beginning of summer, when the process begins all over again.

Some people embrace the short amount of daylight, leaning into the enjoyment of cozy clothing, comforting warm beverages, and the opportunity to hunker down. For others, the lack of daylight may exacerbate feelings of discomfort, loneliness, or uncertainty. There’s that word again….uncertainty! As certain as we are that the days will get shorter, and then longer again, we are uncertain about so much else.

Living with uncertainty is a challenge, if not a part of life. Guidance, support and reassurance can be useful to manage through uncertain times. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis offers these resources and more, and we are here to help. We recognize that many people are facing career changes and/or the demands of the rapidly changing economy while monitoring stress they or family members are experiencing. It’s a lot.

We urge you to pick up the phone and call JFCS when you are in need of assistance. You might not even know what to ask for, and that’s okay. Like Skylar, JFCS Intake Counselor, says in our video, help begins with a call.

Amid a lot of uncertainty, and this season of darkness, allow JFCS to be a light to you and others in need of a caring and professional ear. We are Here for All. Always…and that is for certain!