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Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
A Sibling's Perspective: Interviews with Don Meyer and Seven Young Siblings
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration sibshop, coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, we are looking for children ages 8-13 year old to participate in Friday's Demonstration Workshop. During the Demonstration Sibshop, adult participants will put on their jeans, tee-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for a group of 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and a first hand account of what they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own Sibshop group in their community. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Email Doreen Cummings at email@example.com to sign up to participate.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
View a typical two-day Sibshops training schedule.
When: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
Day 1 Only: Parents/Students - $110, Professionals - $160
Days 1 & 2: Parents/Students - $160, Professionals - $210
Please contact Doreen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Offered by Jewish Family & Children's Service in collaboration with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and thanks to generous funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
JF&CS Sibshops is a free support group for kids ages 8-14 who have siblings with special needs. This program follows the Don Meyer national Sibshop model.
During Sibshops, siblings will:
When: One Sunday a month, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Drop off and pick up at the Newton JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA.
Cost: Thanks to a generous donation from the HALO Foundation, there is no cost for JF&CS Sibshops.
Registration is required. Please contact Angela Waring, Respite and Recreation Program Manager, at email@example.com or 781-697-7232 to register.
Please visit www.siblingsupport.org for more information on Don Meyer and the Sibshop national model.
Please visit www.halo.org for more information about the HALO Foundation.
Save the date for the 2018 Jewish Family & Children's Service Benefit.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
The Castle at Park Plaza
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Each spring, Jewish Family & Children’s Service hosts the annual Benefit, our largest fundraising event of the year. Funds raised ensure that resources are available to support the innovative and comprehensive programs that JF&CS provides the community. Each day brings new challenges, from young parents in crisis and families facing financial emergencies to isolated elders and people with disabilities in need of help. JF&CS assists individuals and families in need regardless of their background or ability to pay.
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For more information, please contact Jodi Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-1245
A welcoming place for people living with memory changes.
Please join Jane Blair of ArtMatters as we explore the work of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. These artists were as unlikely a pair as any you can find, but they were friends and some say lovers. They were also at the very heart of a radical revolution in art. Impressionism changed the art world forever. Note that this is the second Friday of the month, due to the Passover holiday.
Friday, April 13
10:00 a.m. - noon
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information, please contact Beth Soltzberg at email@example.com or 781-693-5628.
JF&CS collaborates with other organizations to make Memory Cafés more widely available in our region. View the directory of Memory Cafés in Greater Boston.
Join JF&CS and the Massachusetts March of Dimes for a FREE conference for families affected by premature birth.
Perspective on prematurity: a mother and father share their unique viewpoints of a shared experience.
Presenters Barbara & Richard Van Hoosen are the parents of a former 23-weeker who had a traumatic, complicated NICU stay. They will share their perspectives on those 112 uncertain days.
Parents will have the opportunity to come together and share their experiences from the smaller group conversations.
When: Sunday, November 20
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Registration and light lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Questions? Contact Deborah Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5652.
This is a great way to bring the family together in a positive, healthy way this winder and spring for swimming, socializing, music, and a snack! Parents or caregivers attend to provide the needed care and siblings are welcome to attend, as well. Each week, families will be joined by the JF&CS Program Director and Music Therapist who will coordinate the swimming and music therapy.
All participants must complete and enrollment form before attending. $20 per family per session.
Please note: Parents and caregivers are required to attend the program, remain onsite, and provide the needed support and care for participants during all activities. Families can choose to send their participant/family member with a personal care attendant (PCA) or other type of care provider that they recruit so the service may be a respite for families.
When: Sundays, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
January 8, 22, February 5, 12, 26, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4, 11, July 9, 23, August 6, 13, September 10, 17, and 24
Where: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
RSVP required: Contact Sandy Slavet, Disability Resource Network Director, at 781-693-5023.
The JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® and the Massachusetts March of Dimes is offering parents whose babies or young children spent time in the NICU an opportunity to share their experiences, listen to each other, and join in community. In small groups parents will have the chance to hear others' voices about expectations, loss, surprises, and challenges of the journey of parenting a child born prematurely or under special circumstances. These parent-centered groups will be led by a clinician from the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program.
Who: Parents whose babies and young children had a NICU experience
Babies in arms welcome.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Wendy Hurwitz at email@example.com or 781-693-5623.
This evening is offered by the Fragile Beginnings Preemie Parent Alliance of the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program and the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451