From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: September 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper September is so many things—back to school, High Holidays, end of summer, and for most of us, signals transition. We seem to feel the change from summer to fall more profoundly than the transition to other seasons. Perhaps that’s because in Minnesota, we treasure our warm weather so dearly, kno[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: August 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will not only be remembered for her incredible talent, but will also be recalled for her willingness to share her struggle with mental health. She made it okay to not be okay, and she presented herself to the world as simply human in spite of her super-human athletic ab[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: July 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Is there anything more fun to look forward to than the rituals we enjoy with each changing season? Soon we’ll be thinking back fondly on the buses pulling away with children on their way to summer camp; enjoying the great outdoors (and swatting mosquitoes); attending the always celebratory PRIDE [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: June 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Throughout the pandemic, many folks in our community have struggled with food security. Having children home all day, every day, rather than in school, can stress tight family food budgets – especially when the goal is to provide healthy, nutritious food to promote long-term health. Many of our c[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: May 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Conversations are shifting from “What vaccine did you get, and how did you feel afterwards” to “How was it to hug your grandchildren after more than a year, and have you gone to a restaurant yet.” Change is coming rapidly after what was a long, difficult, scary and sorrowful time for most o[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: April 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Keeping the Spirit Alive Conference for Caregivers is Sunday, May 2 Maya Angelou famously said, “People will forget what you said and they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.” When it comes to caregiving, nothing could be truer. Caring for a loved[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: March 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Other than people who suffer from claustrophobia, who else could imagine that getting into an elevator could strike fear into you? That was my experience the other day. For the first time in a year, I got into an elevator, and I was followed by two other people. I was extremely uncomfortable despit[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: February 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper It’s been said that change is inevitable; growth is optional. So many of us feel that time has stood still these past 12 months, as we have endured the effect of the pandemic on our daily lives. Simultaneous with this suspension of normalcy, however, is also the reality that things have actually [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2021

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper 10 months into pandemic, keeping focus on self-care is important It is difficult to believe that most of us have been living a “dialed back” life for 10 months. We have put off vacations and celebrations, avoided crowds and busy stores, and become experts at do-it-yourself haircuts and m[...]

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’v[...]