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8487 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 - phone 513.469.1188
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Jewish Family Services
Center for Holocaust Survivors
Workum Internship – Summer 2018

About Jewish Family Service – Center for Holocaust Survivors (CHS):

The mission of CHS is to provide supportive services to approximately 200 Jewish Holocaust survivors in the Greater Cincinnati community and Dayton. Through international funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, CHS provides several million dollars of homecare support to survivors, allowing them to maintain their independence longer and lessen the chance of retraumatization from institutional care. We also have a very robust hearing program, providing hearing aids and assistive listening devices to survivors as well as a new partnership with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity/Henry Schein Cares to provide dental work to at risk survivors.

Workum Intern Job Description:

The Workum Program provides a tremendous growth opportunity for clients, staff and students to engage and collaborate in a unique learning opportunity. It is so important to the vitality of the Jewish community that college students learn firsthand how the Jewish community leadership serves the most vulnerable and in need. The student who selects Jewish Family Service as his or her placement site should be someone who wants to engage first hand with clients, understand how a social services agency operates, and learn how community need is analyzed and advocated on a macro level.

Applicants for this position will be working in the Aging and Caregiver Services Department, spending the majority of their time in the Center for Holocaust Survivors (CHS). The intern will have an opportunity to observe and participate in these core programs.

The intern will also be expected to engage in organizing, participating and, later, leading our psycho-social programming, referred to as “Friendship Club.” The goal of these wellness programs is to reduce social isolation. Research shows that social isolation has been linked to an increase risk for cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s and other diseases as well as mortality in older adults. One of our new endeavors is the Tablets and Technology program, where Holocaust survivors are taught, one on one, how to use iPads. This protocol addresses both isolation and Person Centered Trauma-Informed Care, and is one of the most innovative PCTI programs funded by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Federal government.

While working at JFS, the intern will have an opportunity to learn about the other major JFS programs, such as the Vital Support Center and Kosher Food Pantry, as well as our mentoring program, Bigs and Littles, and other JFS services/programs. We continue to realize how fortunate our interns are to work directly with Holocaust survivors as they may be the last generation to do so.

Along with the duties described above, interns will be part of a care management team, performing client and financial record keeping, statistical summaries, reports, making friendly visits to clients, program evaluation activities, writing and distributing client newsletters, learning gerontological related information, and attending trainings, care conferences and staff meetings. Interns will be working in a multicultural environment with survivors and staff from many countries. There will also be opportunities to interface with other Jewish professionals in the aging community, such as the JCC, Cedar Village and Jewish Federation. Please note that the intern must have access to transportation during their work week.