Category: Our Services and Programs

Learning to Recognize and Support an Anxious Child

Anxiety is a natural response to ambiguity in life, even in childhood and adolescence. And while a bit of anxiety has been shown to be helpful in encouraging motivation, many children and teens experience an unhealthy level of anxiety. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. For […]

Discussing Frightening Current Events with Your Children

When frightening current events occur, 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 may help you feel more confident addressing these types […]

6 Ways to Set Limits on Your Child’s Use of Electronics

Summer often means less daily structure and more screen time. While research has found that electronics can engage children in beneficial ways, many parents worry that video games and television are taking over their kids’ lives. When electronics prevent your child from learning, socializing, and developing other critical skills, it may be time to put some […]

JSSA Mental Health Clinician: Talk to Your 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.

JSSA Receives $10,000 to Help Holocaust Survivors

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.

Listen: JSSA Hospice Social Worker 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. […]

Providing Care at All Stages of Life

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, […]

Maryland Works, Inc. Names JSSA “Provider of the Year”

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.

When Enough is Enough: Balancing Your Child’s Extracurriculars

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 […]

My JSSA Story: Irena, A Transitions Client

At 86 years old, Irena* is thoughtful, sharp, and social. A child of Eastern Europe, she can still speak multiple languages yet struggles to converse with the other residents in her facility.

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