Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

Week 10 In the Trenches

I’ve been thinking a lot about the children of our community this week.  Actually, I think the better word would be worrying. I’m worried for our children who had to finish off their last few months of school at home, struggling to learn online. I know many made this transition easily, but what about our children who don’t have a WiFi connection, or share one computer with multiple siblings, if they even have a computer. I worry about our children who already struggle with completing schoolwork and don’t have the social outlet they need by being with together with their peers.  I worry about our children who are facing uncharted waters this summer and whose summer will be like none other.

Tick tock, the days go on and no resolution in sight.  I worry about our families who are out of work, still waiting for their unemployment payments. I worry that there may be a family that we could help if only they call. I worry about our seniors “safer at home” but so much sadder, too. I worry about an onslaught of requests for therapy once we can get out more. I worry about our victims of domestic abuse who are living in tenuous conditions too afraid to call for help, too afraid to leave. I worry, probably more than I should.  

If you or someone you know is suffering, please call JFS. Please ask for the help you need. We, as a community, are here to hold you and prop you up right now. We are here for YOU. 

Shabbat Shalom,

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