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2020 Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture

2020 Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture

Registration is open for the 21st Annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture, a full-day workshop for mental health professionals.

This year’s presenter, Loren G. Intolubbe-Chmil, Ph.D., is an educator and activist who has worked in a variety of education and community-based setting for over 30 years. Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil develops and facilitates sessions with a focus on the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion; indigenous perspectives; culturally responsive practice; and transformative teaching, learning, and assessment.

This interactive session is intended to push beyond the counterproductive rhetoric and binaries, to engage with the systemic factors that contribute to the culture of violence and to acknowledge that the same systemic patterns of behavior that drive oppression also underpin socialized violent tendencies, such as mass shooting.


  1. Understand the systemic influence that compels violent actions and the ways in which these intersect with professional practice.
  2. Utilize the Ecological system Model to examine the spheres of influence that socialize humans toward violence.
  3. Apply the complementary framework of trauma-informed care and culturally responsive practice to enhance the capacity of practitioners in response to violence in society.
  4. Map professional ethics to the issue of societal violence and identify how those ethics can be applied in response to the complexity of societal violence.


When: Wednesday, April 3rd, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Where: Ledgemont Country Club, 131 Brown Ave., Seekonk, MA

Continuing Education Credits: Application has been submitted for 6 CEUs (including 2 in Ethics and 3 Cross-Cultural Practice) for social workers, psychologists, marriage & family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.


For more information: 2020 Gutterman lecture brochure.

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JCS is recruiting for our Financial Coaching program

JCS is recruiting for our Financial Coaching program

This program will offer multiple one-on-one personal financial coaching sessions to help participants work on their particular financial issues, whether it is creating a household budget, building long-term savings, or tackling debt repayment.

Each individual will receive a personalized plan for financial durability with actionable steps and follow up support. 

All sessions will be facilitated by Deering Financial Services, LLC with Kelly Deering.

All sessions will also be held at JCS at 1165 North Main Street, Providence, RI.

If you would like more information or to participate, please contact:

Pauline Dwyer at Pauline@jfsri.org or Kathy McGuigan at Kathleen@jfsri.org

or call (401) 331-1244


Financial Coaching Flyer

New Years Resolutions: Making Someones New Year a Brighter One

New Years Resolutions: Making Someones New Year a Brighter One

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the past year and make goals for ourselves in the upcoming! For this New Years Resolution, how about giving back to those in your local communities, and making someone else’s year brighter by becoming a volunteer for the Partners in Care program at Jewish Collaborative Services!

The Partners in Care program provides free respite care to caregiving families in multiple cities across Rhode Island. We do this by recruiting and training volunteer members to go into caregiving families’ homes and providing companionship for seniors in our community. This gives the opportunity for caregivers to have time to recharge, rest, and handle matters that are not always possible when being a full-time caregiver to a family member. As a volunteer, you will assist in making one less senior be isolated, and start a senior’s year off brighter by dedicating your time to help!

We are currently actively recruiting volunteer members to join our team! Some of many benefits of joining are as follows: a monthly ($150) and yearly educational stipend (~$1,500) upon completion of the required hours, training and support throughout the entire process, bonding with seniors in your local community, and having the opportunity to give back through volunteerism.

Want to learn more about the program? Jewish Collaborate Services is hosting ‘Volunteer Open House’, on January 6th, 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm, I encourage anyone interested about learning more about the program to come in anytime and hear from volunteers themselves about this rewarding volunteer opportunity!

To learn how to help, please contact Jewish Collaborative Services, at 401-331-1244 and ask to be directed to Samantha our Volunteer Coordinator.

Or you can email Samantha at schinn@jfsri.org

JCS Volunteer Open House

Thank You for Attending our 2019 Annual Meeting

Thank You for Attending our 2019 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting last week. We were able to present the successes of our programs, events, and initiatives in the fiscal year ending in 2019, and we also shared some of our plans for the future.

Thank you to…
Stacy and Doug Emanuel for hosting this year's meeting!
Executive Chef of Tamarisk, Deb Blazer, for an assortment of delicious appetizers and desserts.
Our outgoing Chair, Jeff Padwa, for his tenure.
Rabbi Michael Fel for the d'var Torah.
Adam Greenman who brought such kind greetings from the Alliance.
JCS’ Chief of Strategy and Administration, Susan Bazar, for managing the event.
JCS’ Marketing and Communications Manager, Jessica Murphy, for the creation of this year’s Annual Report and program.
NAMRA consulting for the creation of the video that highlights our programmatic success.
...and everyone in between who helped along the way. We genuinely thank everyone for your participation in this year’s annual meeting. With the strong attendance and excellent participation, we feel this was an extremely successful meeting. We look forward to this upcoming year with Marisa Garber at the helm of our board and to presenting another successful year at our 2020 Annual Meeting!