Monthly Archives: January 2022

Jewish Family Services distributes care packages to students during back-to-school season

Families faced so much change and uncertainty during the back-to-school season. That’s why JFS sent out packages filled with tools to help students calm their mind and promote self-awareness.

“For children who enjoy art, the process of drawing and creating can be powerful. Listening to music or writing in a journal can help children explore their feelings. Fidget toys and stress balls can help reduce anxiety and improve focus. There are so many different ways to calm our minds and bodies.”

These small but powerful tools go a long way towards developing kids’ mindfulness skills, which will help reduce anxiety, strengthen self-control, improve sleep, and increase positivity and self-esteem.

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Family Service League helps woman overcome trauma and start her life anew

“Through support received at Family Service League, Ms. Devlin has been able to process the pain she experienced, both physical and emotional, from the abuse she experienced as a child and as a vulnerable adult.”

“Now, Ms. Devlin can live independently, has engaged in educational activities that keep her grounded, and has been able to do part-time work despite the physical pain she sometimes experiences. She also can connect with her creativity, which gives her a sense of accomplishment and gratification.”

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Launching a new career with the help of New Community Corporation

Lamont Rouse recently completed the Building Trades Specialist program at New Community Career & Technical Institute. He was a very hands-on student and wanted to get out in the field quickly.

Today, Rouse is part of his union’s three-year apprenticeship program and has his own construction business to have work in between union jobs.

He said, “Coming out, I had an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had going in. It was a success.”

All the best for your new career, Lamont!