Home » JFS Perspectives Blog

JFS Perspectives

News, stories, events, and ideas from Jewish Family Service of Colorado.

Mental Health Matters: The Power of Sadness

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

This summer’s animated film Inside Out was an entertaining and inventive look into the inner workings of an 11-year-old child’s brain. It also provided a potent and moving lesson on the importance of sadness.

Sadness, one of our so-called negative emotions, can be difficult for us to tolerate. It’s uncomfortable. It’s painful. It’s also a normal reaction to difficult life experiences and is a part of being human. Yet we are often encouraged to distance ourselves from sadness in order to feel better, as if there is something inherently wrong with feeling sad.

Studies have shown that, contrary to being a “useless” emotion, sadness is beneficial to us in ways that actually enhance our well-being. Joseph Paul Forgas, Ph.D., has discovered that when we are sad, we can remember details more accurately, have better judgment, and have more motivation than when we are happy. This seems to be due in part to sadness functioning as a signal that something is not right, making us more attentive to detail, more alert to social cues, and/or more motivated to make changes.

Inside Out explored a more immediate benefit of sadness. In the movie, the character, Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), does all the heavy lifting in terms of the little girl’s functioning: tamping down Anger, Fear, and Disgust, and attempting to put Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) in a corner of the brain where she can’t touch anything. This works well for the child until she has life changes that naturally make her feel bad; then the more Joy works to keep Sadness at bay, the worse the child functions. It’s only when Sadness is allowed to come to the surface and be felt by the child that she actually begins to feel better.

The point is, when we experience difficulties, such as loss, we’re supposed to feel sad. Trying to distance ourselves from sadness may force the feeling underground and stop the healing process (and possibly lead to depression).

Embracing sadness, on the other hand, helps us identify what is wrong and promotes thinking of ways to cope with and heal from difficult experiences. It allows us to know ourselves better and increases our empathy for others. Talking about the feeling connects us, elicits support, and brings more meaning to our relationships. We do not have to do anything to begin this process because when we experience difficulties, sadness prompts us to slow down and feel, which is exactly what we need to do to heal.

So the next time sadness occurs, think about the impact of this powerful emotion on our lives, our relationships, and the way we function in the world. And remember, without sadness, we could not appreciate happiness.

Worry that your sadness has turned into depression? Contact the JFS Mental Health Specialists at 303.597.7777 for further information.

Betty TulliusBetty Tullius is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s in clinical psychology. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience and has been with Jewish Family Service for 10 years. She works with adults, adolescents, families, and couples dealing with life changes, stress, depression, and anxiety.

SHALOM Denver Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Friday, September 04, 2015


SHALOM Denver, a division of Jewish Family Service (JFS) that employs and trains adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people transitioning from welfare to work, celebrated its 60th anniversary last week with a picnic at City Park. More than 100 clients spent the morning playing games, dancing, and visiting with friends. Then, business customers and community supporters joined the party to enjoy lunch and a short program.

Sara LeeperSara Leeper, director of disability and employment services, kicked off the program with a few fun highlights from 1955, the year SHALOM was established. She cited fashion icons, popular TV shows and songs, inventions, toys, and more from that year. Sara gave a little bit of history of how SHALOM started, too:

“It was just 10 years after the end of WWII and the Holocaust. Jews had lost their homes and families and had nowhere to live. In those first 10 years, many Jews moved all over the world to find a new home and new life. Some made it all the way to Denver with the help of JFS. Some were able to go right to work; others needed assistance with training and employment. Jewish Family Service helped by creating the Utility Workshop, which was later named SHALOM Denver.”

LaurinLaurin, a SHALOM client with Down’s syndrome, spoke honestly about her disability and experiences with SHALOM Denver. She said, “Having Down’s can be scary because of the many medical problems and many medications I have to take daily. However, having Down’s means you are loving and accepting of others."

She continued, "SHALOM is my favorite place in the whole world. They are like family to me and I don’t want to leave them for anything. SHALOM is an employment training program for people with disabilities like me. We learn new job skills and good work habits. We take classes and tours of job sites. Right now I am learning how to operate a big, fancy printer.”

Several staff members presented SHALOM Hero Awards to the following business and community partners for their longstanding support of SHALOM Denver: Precious Metals Processing, Home Depot, the Erteszek Foundation, Piton Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Human Services. Yana Vishnitsky, JFS president & CEO also accepted an award on behalf of the late Joyce Zeff, who passed away in August.

Steph and Jorge

As staff presented the awards, they shared some impressive statistics about how much work SHALOM clients have done for some of the businesses. For example, since 2005, SHALOM has folded 4,189,014 return envelopes for Precious Metals Processing, which provided 101,360 hours of work and $118,768 of direct wages for its clients.

Thank you to everyone who attended the celebration, and more importantly, who has supported SHALOM Denver in one way or another over the past 60 years!

-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department

SHALOM Denver PALS Program Becomes ACE: Arts and Community Explorations

Friday, August 21, 2015

The PALS program, an interactive day program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at SHALOM Denver, recently got a new name and program manager. Meet Emily vonSwearingen, the new program manager of ACE: Arts and Community Explorations. The name and face behind the program aren’t the only changes, though. Everything about it is getting upgraded to better accommodate the 33 clients who currently attend the program.

“Many people think of ‘arts’ as only visual arts,” Emily explains. “But it includes music, food, literature, culture, and more. We are taking a comprehensive approach to explore these different areas.” Currently, the ACE program offers simple nutrition classes, exercise classes, music awareness and therapy, visual art projects, and a growing library. And thanks to donations from ArtReach, some clients go on weekly outings to local cultural institutions.

A remodeling project is underway to make the program space 40% bigger and will include a kitchenette, sinks, and an accessible bathroom. Since the participants range from 20 to 80 years old and have varying degrees of disabilities, the new space will include zones for clients to work in small groups on different types of activities.

Emily has an extensive background in disability advocacy, education, and therapy. She held director-level positions at many nonprofit arts organizations, and still works as an independent artist and commissioned lead artist for specialized projects. For nearly 15 years, she has been a lead artist for VSA Colorado/Access Gallery in the Santa Fe Drive Art District. She has formalized a partnership with Access Gallery, starting in September, for the ACE clients to work on mixed-media art projects in the gallery twice a month and have their work exhibited. In addition, Emily plans to create progressively more challenging art projects, such as weaving and recycled 3-D art, geared for different ability levels.

Emily’s first focus is the clients—advocating for them and ensuring the other ACE staff members have the tools they need to serve the clients. “This job is so much more than doing arts and crafts; clients have significant needs that staff attend to daily. I am so appreciative of Collette, Keith, and Vanessa, who have worked in this program for 13 years, seven years, and four years respectively,” says Emily. “We all work together as a team and everyone has something to contribute. I am grateful they are open to all the changes we are starting to make to the program.”

Emily and her staff are looking to form partnerships with other nonprofits, such as animal shelters, where the clients can be participants in the community, not just viewers. Emily says, “People with disabilities can participate much more than people think. I want to find long-term volunteer opportunities where we can visit regularly and contribute to meaningful and engaging work.”

Emily’s goal is for the clients to learn something new every day. Through projects, they are developing skills, empowerment, and expression. They are working with different mediums, and exploring new textures, patterns, and dimensions. “It is not about the end product, but about the process,” she explains. Emily recently introduced a hula hoop art project, which was successful in unexpected ways. One client used the project to diffuse himself when he was upset, another learned how to tie knots for the first time, and a client who had been food-focused for years turned the focus to working diligently on the hoops.

In her career, Emily has worked with thousands of people who are underserved, at-risk, and have a wide variety of abilities and disabilities. She has made it her mission to defeat stereotypes about disabilities and show that everyone has potential. “It has been very rewarding to see our clients accomplish something new and see the positive changes in people!” Emily says with a smile.

To learn more about ACE, please contact Emily vonSwearingen at 303.623.0251 x214 or evonswearingen@jewishfamilyservice.org.

-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department

Seniors Matter: The Powerful Impact of Pets

Friday, July 31, 2015
By Buffy Sophinos, JD, MSW, Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center care manager

senior and dogMany people consider their pets to be an integral part of their family. For seniors and those living alone, pets can have a profound impact on quality of life. By owning a pet, seniors can:
  • Improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Some studies have shown that the act of petting immediately reduces blood pressure.
  • Find a sense of purpose.
  • Reduce loneliness and depression.
  • Have someone to talk to.
  • Increase physical activity—pets require food, water, exercise, and medical care.
  • Have motivation for self-care out of a sense of responsibility for the pet.
I recently visited a client who became lonely and isolated after her husband passed away. A few weeks ago, a family member asked if she would adopt his cat. She never expected to develop much of a relationship with her new furry roommate, but now she loves having someone to cuddle and feed. She likes to take the cat outside on a leash where they can both enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. She talks to the cat to break up the quiet and says it has helped her cope with the loss of her husband.

With all the potential benefits of having a pet, losing a pet can be heartbreaking. Pets are sometimes lost due to death or illness, but people who are sick or aging may lose pets for other reasons. Seniors may choose to give up a pet that they can no longer physically or financially care for. When people move into apartments, assisted living, or nursing care, beloved pets may not be allowed to join them.

For many seniors, loss has become a consistent experience. As they age, they lose friends, family members, and neighbors. They face the possibility of losing physical abilities or mental faculties. Having left the workforce and/or having seen their children move out and start families of their own, seniors may lose a sense of identity or purpose. Pets help fill some of the gaps that are left by these losses. The added loss of a pet can lead to loneliness and depression—the very issues that pets help address.

As family, friends, and caregivers, we can provide support to seniors who face the loss of a pet. If possible, we can help prevent loss by providing assistance like changing the litter box, walking the dog, taking the pet to the vet, or even assisting financially. If a senior does lose a pet, the best thing you can do is provide a safe place where he or she can grieve and talk about this loss, and any other loss, without fear of judgment.

Buffy SophinosBuffy Sophinos, JD, MSW received her master’s degree in social work in 2010 and Juris Doctor in 2011 from the University of Denver, before joining Jewish Family Service in 2012. Her experience is focused primarily on assisting clients and families as they make decisions about the future. She has also worked at two assisted living communities, an elder law firm, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

Record Attendance at 2015 Celebrate JFS

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nearly 300 people—our biggest crowd for this event—attended Celebrate JFS, Jewish Family Service's annual meeting and celebration of volunteers, board, supporters, and staff held this past Monday evening. Guests of all ages gathered at Palazzo Verdi near Fiddler’s Green, and sampled sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling and enjoying the art in the adjacent Madden Museum.

Para-chaplain Elliott Magalnick and Rabbi Gruenwald.

After about an hour, the guests were seated for a short program. Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, JFS board member and rabbi of Hebrew Educational Alliance, gave an inspirational D’var Torah (commentary) about the important work JFS does for the community. Para-chaplain Elliott Magalnick beautifully sang the Shehecheyanu blessing, a common Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions and to be thankful for new and unusual experiences.

Nancy Benyamin and Maury Kroopnick with the award.

Nancy Benyamin, director of volunteer services, thanked all of our volunteers, gave some highlights of volunteer achievements from the past year, and introduced the Max
Frankel Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, Maury Kroopnick. Maury is a volunteer with the Jay and Rose Phillips Senior Solutions Center at JFS who has already dedicated more than 1,000 hours since the end of 2013 and spends 15–20 hours per week at JFS. He graciously accepted the award and said he feels fortunate to give back to a great organization during his retirement.

Yana Vishnitsky presents the gavel to Eric Pollock.

President & CEO Yana Vishnitsky gave an update from the past year’s programs and events, and educated guests about the latest agency news. She presented a gavel to Eric Pollock to thank him for his two-year term as board chair. Eric eloquently thanked everyone for the last two years' successes and shared that his grandmother was the JFS board chair more than 60 years ago. Then he used the new gavel to conduct the official board business by thanking outgoing members Marc Cohen, Alan Mayer, Rob Naiman, and Michele Right. Then he introduced the new board chair, Jane E. Rosenbaum, who briefly spoke and, as her first official act as board chair, installed new board members David Feiner, Leanna Harris, Carol Karshmer, and Mindy Levy Peckar.

Thank you to David Lissy of Lissy Brenner Photography for taking wonderful event pictures! View more here…

Thank you everyone who attended this event! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. If you were there, please leave your comments—we'd love your feedback!

-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department

Community Members Lend a Hand at Colorado Senior Connections Edgewater Day of Service

Friday, June 05, 2015


On Saturday, May 16, community members from Edgewater, Colorado and those from the surrounding areas came in force to meet up, team up, and do great things for seniors in Edgewater! The Colorado Senior Connections Edgewater annual Day of Service began two years ago in the fall to help local seniors tidy up their properties, as it is getting harder to do it themselves.

This year, we added a Spring Day of Service so we could provide a much-needed yard clean up after the winter months. Our first spring event was a huge success; more than 50 volunteers from in and around Edgewater served 13 homes!

The volunteers included neighbors in Edgewater, Jefferson Unitarian Church members, Jefferson High School students, Edgewater City Council members, City of Edgewater Community Services staff, Jewish Family Service staff, and others!

Our strong tradition of helping seniors in the Edgewater area was proven once again. Without the support of wonderful volunteers and the trust the residents give us, we couldn’t make it happen!

-By Felica Goett, MAEd, Colorado Senior Connections Edgewater Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Mental Health Matters: How to Deal with a Personal Crisis at Work

Friday, May 29, 2015


Guest blog post for Mental Health Awareness Month by Laura Grushcow, MSSA, LCSW, JFS Mental Health Specialists Therapist

In April 2013, I received the telephone call that all of us dread: a close family member, who lives out of state, had been diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness and treatment options were being explored and pursued. As I look back over the last two years, I think about the various demands that were presented by this. Although there were endless family challenges, one of the biggest challenges for me was figuring out my role as an employee/coworker during an extended period of unpredictability, anxiety, and sadness brought on by personal circumstances.

In my situation, the trauma was family illness. However, I believe the same process and challenges exist in any family-related difficulty and in any profession. Challenges exist whether you are a clinician, teacher, bookkeeper, secretary, or attorney. The difficulty might be prolonged unemployment of a spouse, marital issues, unresolved legal matters, significant financial problems, aging parents living in another state, or ongoing psychological problems of a spouse or child. These are difficult situations that don’t completely turn off the moment you leave your house for work. They all have the potential to generate a variety of emotions throughout the day.

In my situation, the questions that arose included:
  • With which coworkers do I share this personal information and how much should I share?
  • What do I do when I am feeling overwhelmed with sadness and have a meeting to attend in the next few minutes?
  • Do I want colleagues to inquire about my family member, clearly showing concern, but potentially triggering sadness in a place where I need to focus and work?
  • Do I want colleagues not to say anything?
Each of us in these varied situations probably has different questions and different answers. The one common thread for every employee dealing with ongoing family-related stress at work is the need to take care of him- or herself, both at home and at the office. In my experience, I felt that the most important coping mechanism I could use at work was understanding myself and valuing what I needed each workday, sharing this with my supervisor, and identifying what I needed from my coworkers and communicating this to them (i.e., “This moment isn’t good and I don’t want to talk” or “Let’s get a cup of coffee”).

Coworkers want to be sensitive and helpful. By directly telling them what you need, it opens a path for them to follow and allows you to maximize your strength as a professional throughout the crisis. Mine was a significant family trauma, but each of us has personal life challenges which we carry and with which we need to deal on a regular basis.

Laura GrushcowLaura Grushcow, MSSA, LCSW has been a JFS therapist since 1997. She focuses her practice on clinical work with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She works extensively with adults dealing with life transitions, including “empty nest” issues, partner relationship issues, and older adults struggling with redefinition of roles. In addition to her therapy practice, she participates in the KidSuccess school-based counseling team, working with students at Thomas Jefferson High School.

Keeping It Kosher: Space Available in Kosher Meals on Wheels Program!

Friday, May 22, 2015

This blog post is part of our series for Older Americans Month in May. We receive funding from the Older Americans Act for our Kosher Meals on Wheels program.

JFS currently has room in its Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) program for more seniors to receive kosher meals delivered to their homes. To receive meals, an individual must be at least 60 years old and assessed as homebound. He or she must be Jewish or have a spiritual need to receive kosher food. There is no cost to receive meals, but an optional monthly donation is appreciated.

A hot meal is delivered Monday through Friday and special meals are delivered prior to Jewish holidays, such as Passover and the High Holy Days. Clients get nonfat dry milk powder twice per month and a small emergency box of shelf-stable items in the fall. If JFS will be closed for a holiday, a frozen meal is pre-delivered. Each meal consists of a cup of soup, entrée and sides, such as vegetables, fruits, and breads, which are needed to provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutrients for older adults.

However, this program is about so much more than food; it is also about reducing social isolation and increasing peace of mind. Buffy Fox, JFS care manager and KMOW coordinator, says, “The participants like that someone [the driver] comes to their home every day and that they have someone to talk to. There is also the comfort of knowing that someone is checking on them and that there is a support system in place. Many clients develop a personal relationship with the driver and look forward to their daily visits.”

One KMOW recipient, says, “My driver is wonderful. I love seeing her smile every day. She really cares how I am doing and always helps if I need it.”

Also, KMOW has an important safety component. The driver can’t leave the meal outside; he or she must deliver it to the client personally. If the client doesn’t answer, the driver calls the emergency contact. “In most cases, the senior doesn’t answer because he or she is asleep,” says Buffy. “However, we have had a few cases where someone had fallen and our driver was able to help.”

A spousal caregiver of her wheelchair-bound husband says the KMOW program “takes away the stress. Especially when we have a hard day getting him showered and dressed and ready to go, it’s nice to know I don’t have to make lunch, too.”

Those who are not assessed as homebound but need kosher meals and want to socialize with other seniors, can go to the Volunteers of America (VOA) kosher lunch program each weekday at 11:45 a.m. at the JCC for a recommended donation of $2.50.

This program is a collaboration among Volunteers of America (VOA), Jewish Family Service (JFS), Shalom Cares, and JEWISHcolorado.

For more information or to sign up for Kosher Meals on Wheels, please contact Buffy Sophinos at 720.248.4665.

-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department

11th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson Raises Record Amount

Friday, May 15, 2015

Our office is still buzzing with excitement from last week’s amazing JFS Executive Luncheon! Basketball legend and businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson entertained and inspired a nearly 1,000 business and professional leaders attending Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) 11th annual JFS Executive Luncheon held on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Magic surprised everyone (including JFS staff) by auctioning off packages including: autographed Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and his own basketball jerseys; seven seats (including one floor seat) to Lakers games; and dinner with Magic if he’s in town. Five groups of people purchased these packages for a total of $125,000 and Johnson donated an additional $25,000 to Jewish Family Service. Attendees donated more than $64,000 in the room to make an anonymous $50,000 challenge grant match. In total, the event raised $815,000, making it the most successful fundraiser in JFS history.

Before Magic took the stage, the audience was moved by Christy Morris, a JFS client who shared that JFS gave her the tools to take her life back after struggling with alcohol abuse, job losses, and hunger. Christy was previously a donor and as she wrote the first check at the event, she pronounced that she came “full circle” by becoming a JFS donor again. She said, "I'm on the path to success and it feels good!" Watch the powerful video in which Christy bravely shares her story.

Magic Johnson, one of the most powerful businessmen in the world, addressed the audience with life lessons he’s learned on the basketball court and in business. He shared pearls of wisdom, such as, “How successful you will be in life is measured by how much you help others” and credited his father for giving him a strong work ethic and values. He also said that competition makes you better and specifically, “Larry Bird made me better. He was the best and smartest player I ever played.”

He engaged the audience by bringing children up from the crowd to illustrate some of his points. A Celtics fan in the room asked if he would ever consider running for office, to which Magic answered, “No. I don’t want to be put in a box by being in politics; I want to be out raising money in the community like I am today.” He then proceeded to the auction and enlisted six kids to hold the basketball jerseys while he raised money like a professional auctioneer.

Thank you to more than 100 companies, organizations, foundations, and individuals supported the event through sponsorships. Thank you to our event co-chairs Alan Mayer, Meyer Saltzman, and Sam Zaitz, who helped us sell sponsorships and fill the room. Dave Logan, former NFL wide receiver and voice of the Denver Broncos, served as the emcee.

And thank you to everyone who attended the luncheon! We’d love to hear your feedback—please post comments here!

Check out more event photos…

Check out photos and tweets from the event on Twitter using hashtag #JFSEL15.

-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department

JFS Homemaker Services Are a Blessing

Friday, May 08, 2015
This blog post is part of our series for Older Americans Month in May. We receive funding from the Older Americans Act for our homemaker program. Below is a story of one couple that receives homemaker services and how it helps them stay independently in their home.

Charles Bell, Sharon Bell, and JFS homemaker, Phaleacha Shinault.
Standing in back is JFS home-based services coordinator, Ron Crowell.

Charles Bell, 68, is a proud man. He’s proud that he was able to work hard and support his family. He’s proud that he was self-sufficient and took care of himself and his wife Sharon. Charles was a truck driver and worked long hours on the road. The money was good and he made enough to put a little aside for his retirement. He looked forward to his golden years when he could enjoy his favorite pastime of fishing.

All that changed in 2007 when he needed a hernia operation.

Today Charles is dealing with severe dementia, which he believes was initiated by the excessive medications he took following his operation. As a result of the surgery and the related complications, he was never able to return to work. He is in constant pain from the mesh material that was used to repair the hernia, and has undergone a number of additional surgeries. He avoids taking any pain medication because it will exacerbate his dementia. All of this has been very difficult on him—physically, mentally, and emotionally. He can hardly talk about it before tears start to roll down his cheeks.

As Charles’ primary caregiver, the situation has also been difficult for Sharon. As 65, she has her own health issues and struggles to properly care for Charles and their two-bedroom apartment in Denver’s Windsor Gardens.

That’s where Jewish Family Service (JFS) has been able to help. Thanks to a grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), JFS has been able to provide a homemaker who comes to the Bells’ apartment for a couple of hours every other Monday. Phaleacha does all of the cleaning that Sharon can no longer do. She deep cleans the bathroom and kitchen, changes the sheets, vacuums, and straightens up the apartment and takes out the trash.

JFS also takes care of some little things that make life easier for the Bells. Their JFS care manager recently provided a stool for their shower to help prevent falls and ensure their safety. JFS staff checks in on them frequently, just to make sure they’re doing okay.
For Sharon, it’s a godsend. “Having this little bit of help has meant that we can continue to live in our apartment,” she says. “With all of Charles’ healthcare needs, I don’t have the energy or ability to keep things up like I used to.”
The Bells live on a fixed income, with little money to spare. Their sole source of income is social security, and it isn’t enough to support them. To make ends meet, Sharon volunteers at her church’s food pantry where she can also take home some food. The couple couldn’t possibly afford to hire a homemaker.

“Our kids help a little, but without this program, I don’t think we would make it,” says Sharon. “This allows us a little independence so we can stay here. Who knows where we would be without it.”

Caring for Charles is Sharon’s top priority, and it’s a full-time job. “His memory-loss issues have been so hard on him,” she says. “I want to make sure he is treated with the dignity and care he deserves.”

While fishing is not Sharon’s favorite pastime, she does her best to get Charles out to Cherry Creek Reservoir with his fishing rod whenever she can. “He enjoys that and as long as I can bring along a good book, I enjoy it, too,” she confesses.
Sharon and Charles are very grateful for the help they get from Jewish Family Service and DRCOG. “Everything is a blessing,” she says.

-John Kayser, JFS Marketing Department

Recent Posts


Lunchbox Express Shwayder Jill Friedman Fixler community Walgreens Mayor Joyce Jay Garbanzo sexuality Mother's Day what I really do Stanley British Primary School JCC Ranch Camp Sheryl Goodman emotions Azteca Ranch Market advice 9News Carson Elementary CenturyLink Kevin Taylor JFS at the JCC loss Mile High United Way 7News Super Bowl Defining Moments Sheila Bugnaowitz Beth Evergreen Allied Jewish Federation Debra Fine JFS Executive Luncheon Cooking Matters, Hazon Group Home Celebrate JFS B'nai Havurah Evan Silverman Colorado State University Boomers Leading Change in Health Ron Bostwick Energy for Life Denver Academy of Torah Kosher Meals on Wheels Easter Halloween GED 2011 Calendar Colorado African Organization Disabilities Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month Fun Stuff Jefferson County Council on Aging Conference Ellie Caulkins Opera House Ace Hardware Lutheran Family Services Epicurean Street Cred homemaker services Christopher Gardner Thanksgiving National Developmental Disability Awareness Month AmeriCorps a capella Archie Manning Josh Blue Hillel meme barriers to employment Board Amstar The Villager Denver Post Donations Tagawa Gardens Real Hope Denver Denver Broncos Lockheed Martin Congregation Beth Evergreen year in review SHALOM Peace Planters Awards Elaine and Max Appel charitable kids Rachel Simon Interns El Teatro, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Older Americans Act Servicios de la Raza Facebook Rodef Shalom Arnie Kover MIX Temple Emanuel Independence Pioneer Natural Resources USA Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sukkot JFS Colorado Senior Connections TANF Aish Denver ARC Thrift Stores Tricia Downing Jewish Disabilities Network Edgewater Feldman Mortuary Bright Holidays Seniors Mental Health Awareness Month Flu shots Colorado Senior Connections Jim Sharon Wolf Slatkin & Madison HealthSET JFS Seattle BBYO, CBS4 Bright Holidays, gifts welfare Grand Hyatt Denver, La Vie Catering, Rocky Mountain Spice Company, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill Sports Authority Field at Mile High aging Robert E. Loup JCC Denver Death grandparents ACE Counseling Office Closures Mandy Patinkin Wheat Ridge Betsy Mordecai Heyman and Gareth Heyman Jefferson High School JewishFederations of North Amercia long distance Denver Jewish Day School General Assembly JFS Counseling Center Refugees 2014 LEAP utility assistance National Volunteer Week St. Anthony's Audrey Friedman Marcus citizenship Pioneer Natural Resources Pets Jewish Disabilities Awareness Day Ken and Rebecca Gart The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Colorado Nonprofit Association Dorinda Levy Thanksgiving Fund Freedom USO The Arc of Colorado Food Donations Staff Congregation HEA Whole Foods The Story of Beautiful Girl Passover Teatulia Rotors of the Rockies Reel Hope Total Escape Games The Colorado Health Foundation Holland & Hart Comcast 9/11, Diversity Seattle Seahawks Holidays Argo care management connection LDS Cannery kids Israel MassMutual Colorado Rose Medical Center Calvary Baptist Church Summer Magic Citywide Banks Einstein's Boulder JFS Whole Man Expo Volunteer sukkah Bandimere Speedway Harvey and Sue Allon Appel The Westin Downtown health insurance Celebration Friendly Visitors Jewish Disabilities Advocates IAJVS Hunger Free Colorado Leadership KidSuccess birthday, 1983, Laurie Greene Seniors' Resource Center Refugee Mental Health Purim success City of Edgewater Day of Service Retirement JFS at Home Life Lessons Senior Hero National Council of Jewish Women Trader Joe's hunger Ekar Farm Colorado Pet Pantry Aurora theater shooting billboard New Year's Resolutions Cooking Matters Rose Women's Organization Grampa Bardeen's Family Pumpkin Carving Sets heartbreak food drive District 475 SNAP International KidSuccess Mike Ditka City Park Jazz Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival Broncos Antique Trader recipe homecare The Mustang Center chain reaction of good Inclusion Maury Kroopnick Joanne Davidson SHALOM Denver Jewish Disability Awareness Month 2012 Temple Emanuel Denver Salud Family Health Centers Colorado Gives Day mental health What people think I do Gratitude Congregation Emanuel Lumberg Elementary School Annual Report AJFCA High Holy Days Weinberg Food Pantry Spanish Fundraiser tragedy Stillman JFS Senior Solutions One Billion Rising Linda Appel Lipsius Wheat Ridge Kite Flite Festival Glory Weisberg Extreme Weight Loss Colorado's Best TV Para-chaplains JFS Group Home Economy education philanthropy Earvin "Magic" Johnson Temple Sinai Older Americans Month Fundraising Birthday Party Family Safety Net Jefferson Center for Mental Health David Klawans Frequent Flyer Productions food stamps


For archives older than September 2010, visit our legacy blog »

RSS Updates by RSS or Email