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The concept of peer-to-peer fundraising for a cause is nothing new. Many of us have been asked to sponsor a friend in a walk or run. Kids have raised money for charities for their mitzvah projects for years. Adults have asked friends to make donations in lieu of gifts for big birthdays and anniversaries. Is there a more worthwhile way to celebrate a milestone event?

JF&CS is leveraging technology to make it easier than ever for our supporters to help us raise additional funds. Moving beyond the traditional appeal letters, our peer-to-peer fundraising platform provides the bar mitzvah boy or birthday girl with a tool to turn his or her passion into action, complete with the ability to reach out to a network of friends through email and social media and to illustrate what their donations will support. If you want to make an upcoming milestone more meaningful, consider the power of peer-to-peer fundraising and the difference it can make. Learn more here.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas and UNT Health Sciences present When the War Comes Home: Trauma and the Military Family, a community presentation and professional conference featuring Dr. Harold Kudler, Chief Consultant for Mental Health in the VA Central Office, Washington D.C. As the military downsizes, over 26,000 veterans are expected to settle in North Texas over the next 3 to 5
years. Reentry back into civilian life can be full of challenges. Many veterans find themselves unemployed and even homeless. Trauma experienced during their service, and even preceding their enlistment, underlies mental health needs, family violence incidents and even  thoughts of suicide.

The 18th Annual Janis Ablon Professional Conference is one way that JFS is collaborating to meet the needs of these veterans and their families. Open to the entire community, including mental health professionals, veterans and their families, business and organizational leaders and interested community members, professional speakers and panelists will address the difficulties adjusting to everyday life that veterans and their families may face upon returning from the military. These include challenges may include unemployment, traumatic stress, depression, substance abuse, family conflict, and physical and emotional health. Continue reading here.