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[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS excited to announce launch of Memory Cafe program Current events require all of us to pay close attention to details we might never have given much thought to in the past. Washing our hands copiously, making sure we have facemasks at the ready, eye-balling distances of six or more feet [...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: January 2020

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper The 5 pillars of thriving non-profits Joan Garry, a recognized leader in non-profit management, says there are five pillars that establish a thriving non-profit: people, programs, money, strategy and narrative. Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis demonstrates strength in each o[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: December 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper Reflections at the end of the year I recently read the following quote: “Wisdom isn’t a quick fix, achieved by Googling or asking Siri for the answer. Wisdom comes through life experience and the sharing of those experiences through the stories we tell.” I’d attribute these thoughtful wo[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: November 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS provides opportunities for clients, volunteers and donors to all feel thankful There is much for which to feel grateful. If you’re a sports fan, you can smile thinking back on the great season our hometown Twins provided this year, or you can feel great satisfaction for the season our Min[...]

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper: October 2019

From the Desk of CEO Judy Halper JFCS programs and services designed to address development needs for youth of all ages  It’s hard to believe that a new school year has been in session for already two months. In fact, the unofficial fall break, better known as MEA (Minnesota Education Association) weekend has come and gone, [...]