From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2023

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper

Though February and Valentine’s Day are still one month away, it seems like this would be a good time to talk about hearts. The heavy amount of snow that has fallen is beautiful, yet dangerous for those with known or unknown heart issues who shovel it. Football players, like Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest during Monday Night Football just a couple of weeks ago, knows that being young and in good health can still make one vulnerable to serious or fatal consequences during contact sports. And then there is the heartfelt compassion and generosity that has warmed all of us at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, following our year-end fundraising to secure financial support for the rising need we are addressing during these cold months. We need more than a single month of the year to celebrate hearts!

Meteorologically, it’s safe to say that a good chunk of winter is behind us, but we know all too well that cold weather and weather challenges are far from over. When we hear that snow is coming, JFCS Garber Transportation drivers remain available to deliver seniors and others to appointments and get-togethers until weather conditions suggest it is safer for everyone to remain at home. We know the importance of helping people to avoid isolation and remain connected.

JFCS mental health Counselors are able to easily flex appointments from in-person to telehealth (Zoom) sessions when it appears that roads are getting slick or school closings challenge in-person accessibility. We understand that therapeutic and compassionate care does not need to be delayed due to weather. We support job-seekers who can’t delay the search for a better paying job just because snow is falling or roads are icy. JFCS career counselors are available virtually to help people prepare for interviews, develop résumés, or attain new employment skills even when the weather isn’t cooperating.

The big hearts and boundless compassion, not to mention amazing skills, of JFCS staff are here to help, no matter the weather. If you need help, please contact us. If you can offer help, please consider volunteering at JFCS or supporting our programs and services. JFCS is Here For all. Always.