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Why parents need to talk to their kids about depression and suicide

Following the suicides at the end of last year of two local teens, Heidi Cohen, LCSW-C, participated in a community-wide interfaith event to discuss the stigma surrounding depression. Afterward, she was interviewed by Kol HaBirah for an article about supporting teens struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Grant allows Premier Homecare to help Holocaust survivors by providing in-home care

Earlier this month, JSSA received its second $10,000 grant from the Family & Nursing Care Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County to help Holocaust survivors by providing in-home care and support services from Premier Homecare.

JSSA Legacy Donor Candi Kaplan

Through her many personal and professional pursuits over the years, Candi Kaplan has cultivated the skill of thinking ahead. A long-time JSSA board member, Candi began her term as president in 2016 with an eye to the future.

JSSA social worker Arlen Grad Gaines on Palliative Care Chat podcast

JSSA Hospice social worker Arlen Grad Gaines was a recent guest on the University of Maryland’s Palliative Care Chat podcast. She was joined by Meredith Englander Polsky to discuss the book they co-authored, “I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs,” a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner. […]

JSSA helps individuals at all stages of life: children, adults, and seniors

At JSSA we empower our clients to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives. What sets us apart from other social service agencies in the Greater Washington metropolitan area? One difference is our ability to provide assistance to individuals and families at all stages of life, including 78-year-old Ruth and her 53-year-old daughter, […]

JSSA joins #GivingTuesday to raise money for Give-a-Gift campaign

JSSA is joining the #GivingTuesday movement. Our #GivingTuesday fundraising goal this year is $10,000 for our Give-a-Gift campaign. This seasonal program provides families of all faiths with gift cards to purchase what they really need and want for the holidays.

JSSA’s Specialized Employment Services will receive the “Provider of the Year” award from Maryland Works, Inc. on November 7, 2017 at their 10th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon. The award recognizes a nonprofit community service provider that has achieved significant outcomes in the employment of people with disabilities.

Arlen Gaines from JSSA Hospice wins Moonbeam Children's Book Award

I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs, co-authored by JSSA Hospice social worker Arlen Gaines, LCSW-C, has been awarded a bronze medal by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. A clear and concise resource, I Have a Question about Death uses straightforward text and images to help […]

How to discuss frightening current event like the Las Vegas mass shooting with children

When frightening current events occur, such as yesterday’s horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, children need guidance and support as they try to process what they’re hearing and seeing around them and on the news. For parents who feel unequipped to manage their child’s concerns or questions during scary times like this, the following tips […]

balancing children's extracurriculars to prevent burnout

Between sports programs, scout meetings, music lessons, and art classes, our children have fuller schedules than we ever did at their age — and that’s not even including play dates and homework. So why do we keep our kids so busy with extracurriculars? When our children truly love an activity, we want to help nurture […]

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