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 […]

Meet a JSSA Hospice Volunteer: Sue W.

Sue W., a retired nurse, began volunteering with JSSA Hospice and Transitions in April 2014. In her own words, she shares what she loves about being a hospice volunteer and some of her favorite patient moments. I love this work because if I can help a person be happy, it makes me happy. I have […]

JSSA Client Gets Special Send-Off From Starbucks

Before heading to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Justin H. probably thought he’d receive a few well-wishes from his co-workers at Starbucks. What the soccer player wasn’t expecting was a Maryland-themed send-off organized and attended by his district manager, Kirby Morales. Party guests included Justin’s parents, his co-workers, several local Starbucks managers, and the […]

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 […]

DC dentists honored for providing care to JSSA’s Holocaust survivors

The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health program recognized the Washington, DC chapter of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO) on March 11, 2018 for its commitment to providing free dental care to JSSA’s Holocaust survivor clients. For the second year in a row, the Woodmont County Club brunch was hosted by Irma […]

Discussing Frightening Current Events with Your Children

When frightening current events occur, such as this week’s horrific shooting in Florida, 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 […]

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, […]

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