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From Caregiver to Family

By Maya Barnett | May 30, 2019

In 1984, Retta Leigh’s father passed away and her mother, Ruth Perl, was in need of evening companionship. For the next 16 years, Retta Leigh and her family bounced from family member to professional caregiver in search for someone to help care for her mother’s needs. In 2000, Retta Leigh contacted JFS for a professional […]

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Connecting Hearts helps kids meet potential forever families

By Maya Barnett | May 21, 2019

This article was originally published by WTVR CBS 6. Click HERE to read Connecting Hearts: Program lets foster kids meet potential forever families in the original format. The need for families to adopt foster children in Virginia is great, but experts say taking the leap to become an adoptive parent can seem scary at first. A […]

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Fighting for Children this Foster Care Awareness Month

By Maya Barnett | May 21, 2019

“There is nothing like having someone there who can support you and care for you” says Chris, 24 years old, CEO of a local music label. For Chris, having a permanent loving home was not always guaranteed.   Chris’s life in the foster care system began at three years old. He was placed into foster care […]

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Agency Q&A: JFS Personal Care Aide School

By Maya Barnett | April 29, 2019

This article was written by JFS CEO, Wendy Kreuter, and Director of Philanthropy, Becki Mann, and was first published in United Ways’ Community Partner Spotlight. JFS Personal Care Aide School is help funded by a generous grant from United Way. Tell us about Jewish Family Services’ Personal Care Aide Training School. The Greater Richmond Age Wave predicts […]

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Lisa Colegrove discuss “Edith+Eddie”

By Maya Barnett | March 22, 2019

2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, Edith+Eddie, started as a documentary of true love, the love story to end all love stories. Edith and Eddie, ages 95 and 96, are Virginia’s oldest newlywed couple.  Since their wedding day, they have found a new reason to live each day to the fullest. Each morning, Eddie […]

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Celebrating 170 years of caring

By Maya Barnett | March 18, 2019

Every day, the telephone rings at the home of Richard, a Richmond widower (who asked that his real name not be used). Since his wife’s death several years ago, he’s had trouble coping, he said, and the daily call makes his day. “Every morning I get to talk to people who actually care about how […]

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