Each of the 45-minute sessions will include current stories from clients, overview of issues, and interactive discussion with organizational leaders. Scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m., the sessions are free, but advance registration is required for each session.
“Working with more than 10,000 individuals a year, our team has a unique lens into the complicated problems facing Kansas Citians. This series is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the critical social issues we’re collectively tackling,” said Don Goldman, Executive Director and CEO of JFS. “It’s also an opportunity to have a dialog with us about the evolving challenges due to the pandemic.”
JFS Speakers Series Dates and Topics
Oct. 15: “Aging in Place: How JFS is Helping Older Adults Age in Place with High Quality of Life.” Join Laura Gilman, LCSW, MSW, MA, Director of Older Adult Services, and Kelly G. Loeb, MSW, Older Adult Care Manager and Medicare Counselor, to learn how JFS is offering older adults more options for living independently while saving them and the community thousands of dollars. Watch Recording Here.
Oct. 29: “Children and Parents Experiencing Increased Anxiety Returning to School and Group Settings.” During this interactive Q&A, Kerry Scott, LCSW, Child and Family Therapist, will share stories of the increased anxiety facing children and parents today due to the pandemic, the effective strategies for tackling current challenges, and the hope JFS provides. Register here.
Nov. 15: “Addressing the Complex Food Insecurity and Housing Crises in Kansas City.” A conversation with Jo Hickey, Director of Pantry Partnerships, and Maggie Haghirian, LMSW, KesherKC Director, who will share their firsthand knowledge of clients’ daily challenges and vast network of collaborative partners working to provide effective solutions. Register here.
Dec. 6: “Building a Community of Strength: Empowering Youth through Hope, Help & Strength.” Sondra Wallace, YouBeYou and Mental Health Coalition Coordinator and chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition will share how our youth, schools and adults are using the YouBeYou resources, Sources of Strength model and JFS services to build communities of strength anchored in caring, connected, positive relationships and social networks. Register here.