Community Outreach

The impact of Jewish Family Service extends far beyond its own clients. Through training workshops, consultation services and community-wide events, JFS offers its expertise to the Jewish community, mental health community and community at-large.

For Mental Health Professionals

JFS offers semi-annual programs for mental health professionals that include continuing education credits (CEU's). Topics are varied and focus on mental health issues for individuals and families dealing with life's challenges.

Consultation Services

JFS professionals provide consultation to the staffs of camps, schools, day care centers, youth groups and other organizations. This service includes assessments and recommendations to the professionals of these organizations. Our goal is to support the mental health of children, youth, families and seniors, and the work of the organizations that serve them.

Our Speaker's Bureau

JFS staff members, including trained counselors, are available to speak to groups on a variety of issues, including:

  • Alzheimer's and the Family
  • Caregiving
  • Couples Communication
  • Disability Etiquette in the Workplace
  • Domestic Violence
  • Individuals with Special Needs
  • Jewish Grand-parenting
  • LGBT Issues
  • Making Peace with Your Parents
  • Parenting Children of Any Age
  • Parenting, Step-Families
  • Personal Growth
  • Retirement Issues
  • Sandwich Generation
  • The New Jewish Family: Divorce, Single

Topics Related to Seniors

  • Active Aging
  • Alzheimer's and the Family
  • Assisting our Aging Parent
  • Family Caregivers of Seniors
  • Jewish Grand-parenting
  • Retirement Issues
  • The Sandwich Generation

Outreach to Senior Adult Community

  • Friendly Visitors Program:
    Volunteers are matched with a senior client in our community. These clients are often homebound and our visitors provide a connection to the outside world through weekly visits and/or phone calls. The volunteers are all background screened and trained to be an extra set of eyes for our case management staff. If you know of a senior that may need this service, please reach out to our Senior Adult Casemanagement department (713) 667-9336. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Friendly Visitor, apply here
  • Music and Spirit Program:
    Through the beautiful music of Cantor Tunitsky's voice and violin, this program adds personalized musical outreach to seniors in more than 20 assisted living facilities or nursing homes through presentations, concerts, life cycle events and religious services, as well as providing outreach to home-bound seniors or those recovering from an illness. ADD: Please contact Cantor Tunitsky directly.
  • Senior Chavurot:
    Jewish content presentations and musical performances are brought into local senior living facilities on a monthly basis. If you, or someone you know, is interested in assisting with this type of outreach, please contact Elyse Kunkick at ekunick@jfshouston.org or 713-667-9336 x232.

For More Information:

For more information, please email jfs@jfshouston.org stating your organization's name and topic of interest..

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