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Dear Friends,

Welcome to our Summer 2016 edition of Illumination Magazine. It is hard to believe that Summer is here. This past season, filled with very special events, flew by. You can read our recap and view photos from our Reflections of Hope Luncheon, which had record attendance and our sold-out, Great Golf for a Great Cause golf tournament on pages 25 and 26.

All of our departments achieved great heights this past year. This issue of Illumination is packed with some of our many accomplishments. I am extremely proud that JFS was named, for a second year in a row, a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator AND named a Top Workplace by the Sun Sentinel. As an Agency, we continue to achieve excellence in strong governance and financial accountability as well as in creating an environment for our dedicated staff that nurtures growth and provides overall job satisfaction.

Our Center for Families & Children has provided a tremendous impact within our community. Under the leadership of Shlomit Karasik, Director of Outreach, our team of Community Outreach Coordinators have successfully partnered with 28 synagogues, schools, and other community organizations. Tzippi Rosen, our Special Needs Outreach Coordinator has accelerated our growth with assisting special needs families in our community. A moving story about the assistance JFS has provided the Manevitchs, a local family with a special needs child, can be found on page 8. TARA (Teens Against Relationship Abuse) recently held the graduation of its first class (story on page 10). The program facilitated by Aliza Schulman, Domestic Abuse Education & Action Program Coordinator, teaches teens how to identify relationship abuse and how to intervene when necessary.

JFS at Home, the newly developed non-profit private home care agency that is affiliated with JFS received its license to operate in April and opened for business in May. The Agency is in the process of hiring qualified compassionate caregivers in order to keep up with growing demand. The article on page 23 provides an overview of the services JFS at Home provides.

Especially during the summer, when many of our volunteers travel up north, we are in need of volunteers for many of our programs. Specific needs include mentors for our Community Mentoring Program and drivers for our Kibbitz & Ride programs. If you can spare a few hours a month, please contact Nadine Greenberg our Director of Volunteer Engagement.

For those of you wishing to receive agency updates on a more frequent basis, please consider signing up for our monthly e-newsletter by sending your name and email address to info@ralesjfs.org.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Happy Reading!

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