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3 Calls for Action to Fight Food Insecurity

In the heart of our vibrant community here in Rochester lies a struggle that affects thousands of families every day: food insecurity. Read more for three actionable steps you can take to combat food insecurity and build a more resilient community for all.

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Empowering Communities Through Place-Based Care

Across the nation, place-based interventions have gained traction as a promising approach to human services. Research indicates that such initiatives not only improve access to support and resources but also foster social cohesion, reduce disparities, and enhance overall community well-being.

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A Cozy Winter Reading List for Kids

In the chill of winter, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book. Fostering a love for reading knows no bounds. This list, carefully curated by the Library Volunteer at Pencils & Paper, embraces the joy of childhood reading. As children explore these books, they not only embark on literary adventures but also encounter characters and experiences mirroring their own lives.

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Multiracial women having fun during trekking day in to the woods

5 Ways Older Adults Can Combat Social Isolation

Social isolation and loneliness have a serious impact on people’s longevity, physical and mental health, and quality of life. Aging care experts at JFS Rochester offer ways for older adults to combat social isolation and make meaningful connections.

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2023 Ageism Awareness Day

Aging Good…Ageism Bad

Read our guest blog from The American Society on Aging. Ageism Awareness Day on Saturday, October 7, 2023, is an opportunity to draw attention to the existence and impact of ageism in our society and how we can reframe aging in our communities.

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The Impact of Trauma and How to Find Support

In the wake of traumatic experiences, many individuals find themselves in need of support—a role that Heather Starks and her team are championing at the Counseling Center at JFS Rochester. As the Counseling Center’s clinical director, Starks hopes to curb the continued demand for trauma services in Monroe County with trauma counseling programs. Starks and the JFS team of clinicians help people of all ages, race, faith, or circumstance face and heal from trauma.

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