The J Factor, by Jacob Schreiber:

The little engine that can

On a freezing cold winter evening in West Hartford, a petite woman with salt and pepper hair tied in bun is methodically picking out groceries and placing them into a single brown paper bag. She chooses generic brands of tuna, canned beans and vegetables, pasta, condiments, cereal and cleaning supplies to go with her package of bread, eggs and pastries, packed separately in another bag. Read More >

Chris Murphy Receives Award

Senator Chris Murphy receives 2019 Tara’s Closet Humanitarian Award

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford recently presented the 2019 Tara’s Closet Humanitarian Award to U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

A mental health advocate, Murphy introduced the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act of 2015, signed into law in 2016, to expand federal resources and improve coordination for mental health and substance abuse treatment program. In addition, last week he introduced the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019, which aims to improve transparency and accountability to help ensure consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. Read More >

Award-Winning Journalist

Award-Winning Journalist Elizabeth Vargas to Moderate Community Conversation about Mental Health in West Hartford

To mark 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish Family Services (JFS) and Tara’s Closet present “Embracing Possibility for Mental Health Awareness: Are you Happy?”

The conversation will be led by Yale Professor of Psychology Laurie Santos with special guest moderator A&E Investigates and award-winning longtime anchor at ABC News, Elizabeth Vargas. Read More >

Youth Hunger

Jewish Family Services Launches Youth Hunger Project

More than 250 people recently attended Jewish Family Services (JFS) Sixth Annual Embracing Possibility “Helping our Hungry Community” gathering which took place at the home of Rachel Lutzker and David Jorgensen. The event celebrated the launch of the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry’s Youth Hunger Project. Read More >

Getting it Right

West Hartford-Based Organization Honored for ‘Getting It Right’

Jewish Family Services (JFS) and JFS Care At Home have become the state’s first organizations to earn certification for “Getting It Right: Creating an LGBT Inclusive Organization,” an integrated program including actions and resources to help organizations adopt practices of intentional inclusion for LGBT elders. Read More >