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Project Shalom

Project Shalom, a program of the Jewish Family Service of Houston's Disability Services for Jewish Families with ...

Project Shalom, a program of the Jewish Family Service of Houston's Disability Services for Jewish Families with Special Needs, was established to help those with chronic mental illness maintain a connection to the Jewish community. For over a decade, this special program has provided a place for these individuals to increase their social skills and reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

Group Weekly Activities
Weekly meetings offer group members a sense of belonging, support and friendship. Facilitated by a master's level therapist, each meeting includes a hot kosher lunch and a planned therapeutic/educational activity such as:

*Cooking demonstrations
*Arts and crafts projects
*Dance instruction
*Music therapy
*Day trips both in and out of Houston
*Jewish and secular holiday celebrations

Counseling and Family Therapy Provided
In addition to group meetings,supportive individual and family counseling is provided to group members.When the family of group members are available,they are invited to participate in family sessions.

Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management
Psychiatric services, consultation and medication management are available at JFS to clients of Project Shalom.

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Annual Diaper Drive Showers Community in Need

Jewish Family Service of Dallas is pleased to announce the 2014 Diaper Shower Benefiting the Community on October 26t...

Jewish Family Service of Dallas is pleased to announce the 2014 Diaper Shower Benefiting the Community on October 26th. Now in its fourth year, the JFS Diaper Shower collects diapers, wipes and other baby items for the families in our community in need. One in three families struggle to afford diapers, and safety net programs such as WIC and SNAP (food stamps) do not cover the cost of these items. 

An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month, and for families in asset poverty (39% of residents in the greater-­-Dallas area living paycheck to paycheck), this expense can be devastating. In order to help make a difference in the lives of families, the JFS Food Pantry offers these items to the community, and the JFS Diaper Shower helps make this happen. In 2013, the JFS Diaper Shower collected over 30,000 diapers and 38,000 wipes. The JFS Food Pantry sees over 120 families each week. With the recent SNAP benefits.

JCFS Chicago Employee Wins Prestigious Jewish Federation Award

Jessica Schaffer, 29, a 2007 graduate of McGill University, received the 26th annual Samuel A. Goldsmith Award at the...

Jessica Schaffer, 29, a 2007 graduate of McGill University, received the 26th annual Samuel A. Goldsmith Award at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's 114th Annual Meeting, which took place Sept. 11.

The Goldsmith award is given to exceptional young professionals who have shown outstanding performance in their work at a Jewish agency in the Chicago area. Schaffer, who now resides in Chicago, Ill., is the Safer Communities Project Coordinator at Jewish Child and Family Services of Chicago, where she works to prevent and combat abuse in Chicago's Jewish community.

In that role, Schaffer has developed training curricula for the Safer Communities program which have been critical to helping schools and synagogues implement new safety protocols. Under her leadership, the Safer Communities Initiative has become one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. Continue reading here.