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CJP's Boston Jewish Community Women's Fund reinforces JCHE's safety net

Posted: June 17, 2011

JCHE provides an exceptional safety net for vulnerable residents. The incident of mental health disorders among older adults is signficiant: research indicates that it impacts over 20% of seniors who live independently and is a leading risk for institutionalization. On a daily basis, our Resident Service Coordinators (RSC) help residents manage complex mental health issues. For the past two years, our staff has strengthened their capacity to assist residents through customized practical training provided by Jewish Family & Children's Services (JF&CS). This program has been funded by Boston Jewish Community Women's Fund (BJCWF), and we were delighted to recently receive funding for a third year.

The value of this program has been significant.  With additional funding, BJCWF will make it possible our staff to receive further skill development and individualized coaching from JF&CS. The funds will also support the development of a practical manual on mental health issues that affect older adults for geriatric practitioners and affordable housing professionals. When completed, the manual will be widely accessible through JCHE's website.

We are so appreciative of BJCWF's generosity and their recognition of the importance of this skill development for our talented RSC staff who are on the front lines. We are grateful also to JF&CS for their highly professional and extensively effective training. The benefits from this partnership among CJP's BJCWF, JF&CS and JCHE are invaluable to residents who might otherwise not be able to live safely and comfortably in our buildings.

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