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Honoring the JFS Care Aides

By Morgan Goad | February 23, 2021

As we arrive at the anniversary of the pandemic, JFS is humbled by the exceptional compassion, dedication, and care our In-Home Care Aides have given their clients over the last year, many of whom are elders living in poverty and have nowhere else to turn for help. The challenges the Aides face are significant: caring for their own children and aging parents; families wanting more care for […]


Mental Health Tools for a New Year

By Morgan Goad | January 28, 2021

In the last few months of 2020, JFS Counseling was invited to host mental health “check-ins” for students involved with Hillel at Virginia Tech, staff at the Weinstein JCC, and community members through JCFR. Across the spectrum of age and experience, many concerns were the same: anxiety about the pandemic, difficulty adjusting to new routines, […]


Twice as Many Lights of Love!

By Morgan Goad | January 13, 2021

JFS’ second annual Lights of Love was a great success, thanks to you: our friends, partners, volunteers, and staff! Lights of Love is a program designed to help bring warmth and light to neighbors who might otherwise feel forgotten. Last year, generous donors and friends brightened the holiday season for 40+ adults, seniors, families, and […]


Hands Held, Hearts Found

By Morgan Goad | December 22, 2020

JFS Connecting Hearts had a busy fall! Between the Virtual Bowling Ball awareness- and fundraiser and November’s “A Hand to Hold” media campaign, we have been busy sharing the stories of children in foster care and recruiting potential foster and adoptive families! JFS Connecting Hearts is humbled by the work of our sponsors, volunteers, donors, […]


Dr. Sydney Fleischer on Her Life & Legacy

By Morgan Goad | November 19, 2020

Dr. Sydney Fleischer has been a fixture at JFS for more than thirty years. “Everybody likes to call me the historian,” she said with a wry smile, but she is much more. Lately she’s been trying to pare down her files. Years of accreditation documents, grant applications, and JFS Annual Reports from the early 1900s […]


Breast Cancer and the Heroes Behind Pink Power

By Morgan Goad | November 2, 2020

Since last month was Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is timely to focus on the amazing achievements in detecting and treating breast cancer. We have made remarkable breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatment options, and research initiatives for what was once considered an incurable disease. Until the 20th century, breast cancer remained a hidden disease among women […]