Home Care Is About People

Home Care Is About People

Home care is about people – those who need it and those who give it. That’s why Care Solutions by JFS is as focused on who it hires to provide in home-services as it is on the clients and families served. Monica Waweru has been a home care aide with Care Solutions for six years….

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

Overcoming the Isolation of Domestic Violence

The isolation of domestic violence is a factor during an abusive relationship, and even sometimes after it ends. We asked Cynthia Gamel, an Advocate with Project DVORA, to help us understand isolation as a tactic of control. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS AN ABUSER MAY ISOLATE THEIR PARTNER? There are different tactics, but it all…

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Rabbi Tanhum’s family was known for a specific praiseworthy habit. When his mother went to the market to buy food, she would buy two pounds of meat – one for her family and one for the poor. Rabbi Tanhum himself was known for the same predictable behavior: “If he was accustomed to buy a pound…

Poem From a Domestic Violence Survivor

Poem From a Domestic Violence Survivor

~50% of women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. “Stumbling Southward” is a poem from a domestic violence survivor who has been served by Project DVORA. This writer explores the connection between DV and homelessness. In addition to advocacy-based counseling, Project DVORA offers resilience-building groups for individuals and…

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Recommended reading lists, especially in summer, come to us from everywhere these days. Schools, magazines, book clubs and parenting groups all have ideas, so we thought we’d join the conversation. Here’s a first-ever recommended reading list compiled from staff suggestions. Enjoy in the summer – or anytime. If you’ve read something on the list, leave…

A Safe Web of Family & Community

A Safe Web of Family & Community

When I taught 5th grade, my students served meals to homeless people. They always reported that it “felt good” to help other people. As their teacher, I was pleased about their enthusiasm for this monthly mitzvah, but wondered: Did these experiences produce anything beyond the students’ good feelings? We certainly weren’t solving the bigger issues…

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