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 [...]

A year spent at home: Taking stock and looking forward

By Leah Persky, PhD & Certified Family Life Educator  • Family Life Education Manager I don’t think I have ever spent so much time in my house, and I know this is true for so many of us. The cleaning, cooking, dishes, laundry….did I say dishes? It has been a strange mix of emotions on[...]

Planning for a COVID winter

COVID Winter Embracing winter sports, indoor hobbies and hygge By Natalie Quiring-Oleson, MSW, LICSW • JFCS Counselor It seems fall is coming closer to an end, with patches of snow remaining in yards reminding us of the snowstorms of October. Temperatures have fallen considerably, which means yet ag[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper One of the wonderful things about living in Minnesota is that we can always divert our attention to the weather! That’s always a safe topic of conversation, right? Meterological  conversations seems necessary right now as we confront the two more talked-about current topics (other than the w[...]

Did someone say summer? Tips for families on navigating an uncertain season

JFCS FLE boy rides bike By Leah Persky, PhD • JFCS Family Life Education Manager It is next to impossible to plan much of anything when we are living in such uncertain times. Every day things change and we are forced to re-assess and practice going with the flow. What else can you do when you are living through a pan[...]

Reflections from an alcoholic during the COVID-19 crisis

The pandemic and social distancing measures it requires is challenging for everyone, but can be especially challenging for people in recovery and those who are battling substance addiction. This month we are featuring two columns that address these challenges and offer advice and resources. Below i[...]