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A group of kids fundraising for Family Table with a lemonade stand.
December 6, 2019

Posted by JF&CS

A group of kids fundraising for Family Table with a lemonade stand.

Just in time for the holidays, Jewish Family & Children’s Service is launching a brand new fundraising initiative! We are excited to announce that supporters of JF&CS can now fundraise on behalf of our Family Table food pantry.

About Family Table


The mission of JF&CS Family Table is to end hunger in the Greater Boston Jewish community while serving people who need our assistance regardless of religious affiliation. We fulfill this mission by providing kosher food, creating a caring Jewish connection, and empowering people to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives.

“Family Table is a program that is wholly dependent on support from the community,” said Bernice Behar, Director of Family Table. “We are so grateful for the food donations we receive from local synagogues and schools and for the thousands of volunteers who pack and deliver groceries to our clients.”

In addition to food donations and volunteers, Family Table also depends on financial contributions to keep our pantries stocked. The launch of our fundraising initiative offers a new way to support Family Table and gives your family and friends the chance to contribute as well.

How Fundraising for Family Table Works


There are three ways to fundraise for Family Table:

No matter which type of fundraiser you choose, JF&CS makes the process easy by providing ideas, tips, and custom donation links. All you need to do to get started is to click one of the links above and complete the relevant form.  

An anonymous donor is currently matching gifts dollar for dollar, so every donation your fundraiser receives will double in impact!

Holiday Fundraising Ideas


The holiday season is the perfect time for a Family Table fundraiser! Here are just a few seasonally-themed ideas to inspire you:

  • Throw a holiday party and ask everyone to donate to Family Table instead of bringing gifts for a Yankee Swap.
  • Sell holiday treats (e.g. sufganiyot, holiday cookies) at your religious institution, school, or community center.
  • Encourage your children to “donate a gift” to Family Table. This could mean skipping gifts on one night of Chanukkah or forgoing a holiday present in exchange for a donation to Family Table.
  • Instead of doing a Secret Santa at your office, encourage your coworkers to donate to Family Table.
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser for Family Table that runs through all eight nights of Chanukkah or between Christmas and New Year’s.

Of course, fundraising for Family Table isn’t limited to December; it’s something you can do all year round. To start planning your fundraiser, visit our Fundraise for Family Table page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Terri Grogan, Senior Development Officer, at 781-693-5707 or tgrogan@jfcsboston.org.


A group of older adults enjoying an Arthritis Exercise Class.
December 4, 2019

Posted by Hilary Tolan, JF&CS Aging Well at Home Program Manager   

A group of older adults enjoying an Arthritis Exercise Class.

On a crisp, sunny day in November, a group of residents at Brookline Housing Authority joined me for an Arthritis Exercise Class. Participation ranged from a couple of younger residents with disabilities to residents who are well into their 80s. The program is one hour a week over eight weeks and is designed for people with arthritis and anyone interested in a gentle approach to exercise. Each participant comes with widely varying degrees of health and fitness ability.

The Arthritis Exercise Class is a perfect fit for Aging Well at Home, which provides a range of services that support the well-being of older adults living in the community. The program focuses on naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) where there are high concentrations of older adults, particularly senior housing.

Certified Arthritis Exercise Instruction


A year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to become a certified exercise instructor through the Arthritis Foundation. This involved a six-month course and passing a final exam. I have been a student at many yoga classes and taken tai chi (both of which have informed my current teaching), but leading an exercise class has been a new and exciting experience for me. My background is as an art educator and artist, and I use my teaching background to inform how I design and think about best practices when instructing the class.

The Arthritis Foundation manual has medical information about the many forms of arthritis, exercise and safety tips, and illustrations of exercises that the Arthritis Foundation specifically designed to be used for their program. From the manual, I choose exercises that I feel will flow well, make a suitable progression, and be appropriate for my audience.

Participants in my class can expect an encouraging atmosphere where everyone takes things at their own pace. Some people may need to do most or all of the class while sitting down, which is perfectly fine. I want people to feel at ease and comfortable in my class. This is not a “no-pain, no-gain” type of situation at all! The class is low impact and designed to maintain or improve joint mobility, decrease pain, increase muscle strength, improve energy, and improve overall well-being.

Bringing People Together


A lovely aspect of the Arthritis Exercise Classes is that participants are from all over the world, so each class is a wonderful mix of people and backgrounds. Currently, I have students from Iran, China, Bulgaria, and the United States. Another great element of the class is that a few participants follow me from building to building because they enjoy the class and get the most benefit from continuing it on an ongoing basis. I affectionately refer to them as my exercise “groupies!”

Feedback from participants has been very positive. In a class survey, one participant shared, “I really enjoyed this class. The teacher talked about how to work these exercises into your daily life and discussed safety. She kept the class very non-competitive.” Another participant wrote, “Hilary has a warm and encouraging manner. I found that my overall muscular health improved. Thank you!”

I am so pleased that the Arthritis Exercise Class is helping older adults feel stronger and more positive about their overall health.

For a listing of more workshops and groups offered by JF&CS, visit our Upcoming Events page.


Madison Kronheim, JFCS music therapist.jpg
November 26, 2019

Posted by Madison Kronheim

A version of this article was first published in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Newsletter. In addition to working as a music therapist at JF&CS, Madison is also pursuing a master’s degree in special education at BU Wheelock.

For the past year, I have worked as a board-certified music therapist for two JF&CS programs: Kids’ Connection Corner and HALO Swim & Sing. Kids’ Connection Corner is a free program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) where we focus on building social skills through arts and crafts, outdoor play, and music therapy. HALO Swim & Sing is a respite program for kids and young adults with neurological disabilities where participants receive music therapy services and go swimming in a pool with trained staff.

Building Skills Through Music


Music therapy is the clinical use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals in a therapeutic setting. Research has supported the use of music therapy for those with ASD to assist in speech, motor, academic, and behavioral objectives. For many people with ASD, music therapy can be a successful way to work on flexibility in activities within a structured environment. The benefits of music therapy can include reduced anxiety, enhanced body awareness and coordination, verbalization, increased attention to task, and increased appropriate social behavior. These skills are also accessible for people with neurological disabilities since music has been scientifically proven to activate both sides of the brain at the same time.

During my music therapy sessions, I play instruments or recorded music based on the theme of the week, which usually has to do with seasons, holidays, or other events happening during the year. With the assistance of other staff members, I prompt students to play specific rhythms, sing, dance, and play other games. While the kids are doing these tasks, they are working on fine/gross motor skills, self-regulation, and appropriate social behaviors without even realizing it. This time that we spend together creates a sense of community among the participants and gives them the confidence that they deserve.

Striking the Right Chord


Because life happens, I always have a backup plan in case the mood changes or a lesson is not working. I find it important to match the energy in the room. Through an evidence-based practice called the “iso-principle”, I try to match the energy of the participants and then gradually change the music to where I’d like them to be.

In the end, I want everyone to feel good about themselves, regardless of ability. I am the luckiest person in the world to do what I do and learn from my participants how neurodiversity makes the world a better place.

To learn more about our programs for people with disabilities, visit our CHAI Services page.


Terri Grogan
November 21, 2019

Posted by Terri Grogan

Terri Grogan
Welcome to Humans of JF&CS! Periodically, we will be featuring different staff members to highlight the amazing work they do.

Behind our 40+ programs are compassionate, committed, and dedicated staff who care deeply about our mission and our agency. With this broad range of programs comes a team of staff members with diverse interests, passions, and skills, who all share a deep commitment to building a strong foundation of well-being and resilience for our clients. We hope these staff spotlights give you a taste of the incredible individuals behind our services and a sense of the deep compassion and dedication they bring every day.

I'm a Senior Development Officer. I raise funds, but really what I'm doing is building relationships and working with volunteers and donors to foster their engagement with the agency. I get to learn what excites people about the organization and connect them to that area. I love working with donors and volunteers and really finding out what their passion is, and then finding out a way to connect them to what we do.

The thing I like a lot is when I’m working with couples, the ability to engage both with the agency in different ways that most interest them. It’s a unique quality of JF&CS. I have several couples where this is the case, so it’s always exciting to me when that happens, and people can truly find their passion separately. It’s an opportunity I love sharing with people as I meet them, especially couples who are interested in getting involved.  

All around, I love what I do. My favorite part is the people, whether it be the staff, the donors, or the volunteers, it’s the people.


Gail Schulman - the new CEO of JF&CS
November 19, 2019

Gail Schulman - the new CEO of JF&CSPosted by Jamie Grossman and Steve Weil

We are excited to announce that the JF&CS Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Gail Schulman as the new Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS). Gail’s appointment follows an eight-month national search.

Gail is currently Chief Operating Officer at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s independent Jewish High School. There, she is responsible for all of Gann's business functions, including finance, human resources, marketing, facilities, and operations. She also oversees and implements strategic initiatives at the school. Prior to joining Gann in 2016, she spent more than 20 years leading complex businesses in the high-tech sector, serving as CEO and COO for businesses of up to 500 staff and $200+ million in revenue. A passionate volunteer leader, Schulman has served as the board chair of Kesher Newton, led committees focused on youth and education at Temple Reyim, and served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. Schulman lives in Newton with her husband and two children.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is a tremendous honor to bring Gail Schulman to JF&CS as our next CEO. As a highly regarded, successful business executive, Gail brings the skills necessary to manage a complex, multi-faceted organization. Gail combines her brilliant, sharp mind and business acumen with a warm heart and deep compassion for the mission of the agency. Her experience managing complex businesses brings a fresh perspective to JF&CS.

Our search firm reached out to many sources, referrals, and prospective candidates. In early July, the team presented candidate resumes to the CEO Search Committee. These candidates represented a variety of for-profit and non-profit sectors, backgrounds in healthcare, Jewish communal organizations, higher education, advocacy, and social service agencies, as well as diversity in gender and cultural background. Candidates were both local and from different parts of the country.

This is a critical and exciting moment in our agency's history. We are fortunate to have Carl Zack as our Interim CEO, who is leading the agency with a firm and steady hand and a heart that cares deeply about every client we serve. Carl is committed to his role until Gail officially joins JF&CS after the new year.


Beth Soltzberg and her daughter Rachel Barglow.
November 14, 2019

Posted by Rachel Barglow

Beth Soltzberg and her daughter Rachel Barglow.

Rachel Barglow shared what it was like to see her mom, Beth Soltzberg, speak about her experience with the JF&CS Memory Café at TEDx Waltham last month. Rachel is a sophomore at Arlingon High School, and has volunteered at our Memory Café in the past. 

When I was six, I made my mom a card wishing her good luck on a work project. I had drawn a little stick figure version of her, and a little stick figure version of me, and words that were egregiously misspelled. Back then, as eager as I was to support her, I still wasn’t really sure what she did for work. I knew she worked with older adults in some form of health care - that was it. Now I’m sixteen and much better at spelling, but I’m also old enough to see the huge difference she’s making in her field and in the lives of those affected by dementia.

She’s been involved with memory cafés for as long as I can remember, and that’s what I tell friends about when they ask what my mother does for work. While growing up, I watched memory cafés be in what feels like a continuous state of expansion. It’s not uncommon for my mom to come home and tell me that a memory café in Brazil or Ireland is now using her toolkit, or she’s flying to some other state to present at a conference. And now, a TED talk? Teachers in school use TED Talks as part of their curriculum and they’ve always existed in some mysterious other dimension. One never knows when or where they were recorded, or how they choose the speakers, or who the audience is. For this reason, I was quite surprised when my mom came home and told us she was applying to speak at TEDx. Was this allowed? Is that a thing people can do?

Turns out, it was, and she got it. Suddenly she had a script to write, and slides to make, and photos to select, and an outfit to choose. For about a month before her talk I heard several renditions of the final presentation and gave my suggestions along with the rest of our friends and family. For two weeks before her talk she walked around our house, tossing a foam ball from hand to hand and reciting her presentation to herself over and over. It was at the forefront of our minds, not only at home or with family, but also while I was with my friends or at school, as I loved (and still love) bragging about it as much as possible.

After a huge amount of work and a smaller amount of stress, the day was here. She did fantastic, of course. I ate a lot of good food and met some incredible people, including a man who rode his motorcycle across the Himalayas, a woman who performed opera like I’ve never heard it before, and a man who could fit a year’s worth of trash in a single bag.

One thing that struck me is the emotional reaction that many audience members had to my mother’s talk. Multiple people came up to her afterwards to tell her their own personal stories about dementia, or ask for advice, or find out how they can volunteer at a memory café. She listened to them, gave thoughtful answers, and handed out her business cards to several people. It really showed me how universal this topic is. A very large portion of our population struggles with dementia, whether the diagnosis is theirs, a family member’s, or a friend’s. My mother’s work truly makes a difference to so many people, and I couldn’t be prouder of her for all the work that she has selflessly put into helping others.

To learn more about the JF&CS Memory Café, visit our Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support page.


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November 11, 2019

Posted by Suzanne Kaitz

Almost one full year ago, after the Red Sox completed their historic championship run and my pumpkins were seeing their last days, I was asked by my dear friend, Laurie Gershkowitz, to join the CHAI Champions Event Committee to support a fundraiser that she and her husband, Paul, are chairing. Laurie gets involved in a myriad of wonderful causes and when she calls, I enthusiastically help in whatever way I can.

Almost all charitable events are put together to raise funds and awareness, but equally important is to give people a sense of community and connectedness with all those that participate in its success. My husband, Steven, and I are privileged that we are able to give to philanthropies that have special meaning to us. JF&CS and its mission to promote independence for people of all abilities touches what has been important to me throughout my life.

As a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, one of my roles was to teach high school kids vocational skills to help give them an opportunity to work in their respective outside communities. The enthusiasm that each of these young adults showed in equipping themselves with the tools that give them a good shot at meaningful employment was incredible. I know it was a job for me, but the respect, love, and appreciation I received was what happily brought me back for over 20 years.

Part of my commitment to being on the CHAI Champions Event Committee was to work with the JF&CS clients on making the centerpieces for our upcoming event. Every time I get involved with a project where I will work with people with different abilities, I wonder if my skills will, once again, help in connecting with my partners in the project. Whether it be my work at The Massachusetts Association for the Blind, helping residents pick out art and then hanging the masterpieces in their respective group homes, or working with students with brain injuries choreographing their dance routines for their annual gala, my experiences almost always turn out the same smiles, hugs, and tears of joy: who could ask for anything more.

Each time, though, I always wonder – will I connect, will the outcome be successful? Driving to the JF&CS Waltham office, I once again was a bit nervous. When I met the clients and began our project to design the centerpieces for the event, I immediately embraced the opportunity of collaborating on a collective project with a real purpose and goal. The staff at JF&CS was well prepared and organized in setting up all of my fellow volunteers, as well as the dozens of clients, who all participated individually and collaboratively. Every person had a job to do and took their responsibility seriously. The buzz in the room was palpable with stories, laughter, and pride in their accomplishments. 

The outcome, after two different sessions, is collaborative art that will give hundreds of event-goers something to talk about and enjoy. For me, the clients’ curiosity in finding out who I was, the opportunity for each to express themselves in their own creative way, and the feeling that I helped in this project truly made it a good day.

If you’re interested in getting involved with JF&CS, visit our Volunteering page!


An adoptive mother playfully raising her toddler son in the air.
November 7, 2019

Posted by Deb Shrier, LICSW

An adoptive mother playfully raising her toddler son in the air.

Around 18,000 infants are adopted in the United States each year. For those seeking to build their family through adoption, there are many steps and choices to make before beginning the process. In honor of National Adoption Month, JF&CS Adoption Resources has put together a guide to seven key steps in the adoption process for Massachusetts residents.  

1. Choosing an adoption agency.    


Massachusetts is an “agency state” that requires prospective adoptive parents to work with a licensed adoption agency. Agencies will conduct a home study, help you navigate the adoption process, answer your questions along the way, and help you find the right approach to adoption for your family.

Adopting domestically in Massachusetts can be done through a private adoption agency or through the state foster care system. If you choose to work with a private adoption agency, you will need to decide which local agency’s mission and protocol align best with you. Meeting with agency directors or staff and attending their orientations are great ways to get information about the process.

Though much of the adoption process will sound the same, each agency is different and may offer different services. It is important to choose an agency that makes you feel comfortable and supported. 

2. Completing an adoption application, training, and home study.      


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all prospective adoptive parents to be approved to adopt a child through a comprehensive family assessment called a home study and to complete a minimum of 10 hours of pre-adoption education.

The home study is a written report based on interviews with your social worker along with supporting documents (such as CORIs, medical reports) that you will provide. The home study consists of 3 - 4 meetings with a social worker from the agency that you select. At least two of these meetings must be in your home. Basic safety requirements (such as the presence of working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors) for your home will be reviewed. The home visit has less to do with your physical home and more to do with you and how you live.

The series of questions asked by your social worker will include your family of origin, personal background, how you chose your career, and if partnered, your relationship with your partner or spouse. During the time that you are going through these meetings, you will be collecting supporting documents. The home study reflects your health, stability, criminal background checks, and ability to financially raise a child into adulthood. Additionally, your home study will detail the type of child you hope to adopt, for example, a newborn or elementary school-aged child.

Each prospective parent is required to undergo 10 hours of adoption education, which must be completed before you take custody of your child. Topics for workshops and online trainings will include Transracial Adoption, Openness in Adoption, Baby Care, Medical Issues in Adoption, Identity in Adoption, and more. Your agency may offer in-person trainings for pre-adoption education and/or may have suggestions for online trainings.

3. Creating an adoptive family profile.      

Once you have completed the home study, you will create a profile book or online profile. These include text or a letter about your life and a variety of photos. Your profile typically highlights how you live, your interests, hobbies, and extended family/friends. It’s the way an expectant parent will get to know you prior to meeting. Expectant parents will review profiles with the hopes of finding the family they would like for their child.

Just as expectant parents are looking for certain traits in adoptive parents, you will also have certain preferences and expectations for the baby you would like to adopt. A few questions that you will have to answer include:

  • Are you open to a child of a race different than yours?
  •  Are there certain medical issues that you feel ready for or unprepared for?
  • What are your thoughts on openness or post-placement contact with birth parents?
  • Do you have a gender preference?

4. Meeting the expectant mother/father.


In most domestic infant adoptions, birth and adoptive families will meet. If timing and distance allow, you may meet prior to the baby’s birth. An agency social worker will facilitate this contact and will join you in the initial meetings. If phone calls, Skype, or emails are the way you meet, your social worker will help to set those up for you as well. The first contact is an opportunity to establish rapport and begin to get to know one another. Often, additional meetings happen in the hospital after the baby is born.                                                                                                                               

5. Meeting your child at the hospital.


The chance to meet your child and bond with them in the hospital is typically a memorable time for your new family. Additionally, hospital staff can be extremely helpful in terms of answering your questions and teaching you about the care of your newborn. It is also a time when you can potentially deepen your relationship with the birth parents.

It is important to remember that until the legal documents are signed, the medical decisions are the birth mother’s to make. Every state has different adoption laws that specify when a legal surrender can be signed. In Massachusetts, birth parents cannot sign a legal surrender of their child until the fourth day after birth. The wait for these documents to be signed may be stressful days for birth parents as well as adoptive parents. Your agency will keep you informed on all planning for surrenders and let you know as soon as they are signed.

6. Finalizing your adoption.    


Once you bring your child home, you can expect a series of home visits from your adoption social worker. These post-placement visits will allow your social worker to see how you and your baby are adjusting and offer any further support. Your social worker will also write reports highlighting your family’s adjustment and the baby’s developmental progress to submit to the court with the Petition of Adoption. In Massachusetts, adoptions are typically finalized when a child is about 8 or 9 months old. Remember, the adoption process does not end once the adoption is finalized. Adoption is a lifelong journey and adventure, for all of you!

7. Navigating openness with birth parents.  


The prevailing trend in adoption is for openness between the birth family and adoptive family. Initially, the relationship may begin with letters, photos, texts, or visits. For the birth parents, this will allow them to see their child’s progress and adjustment. It is also to reassure them that they made a healthy decision for the child. While the idea of contact may seem like a daunting thought, the reality is that “openness” looks different in every situation. The range of contact may be letters and pictures facilitated through the agency or it may be ongoing visits during the year. This is an area that you will explore with your social worker during the home study process. The specifics of a plan typically will be decided between the birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) with assistance from your social worker/agency.

If you’re interested in learning more about adoption, get in touch with an Adoption Resources counselor by filling out our contact form.


CHAI Champions
November 5, 2019

Posted by JF&CS

CHAI Champions

On November 3, 370 people gathered at the Westin Waltham to celebrate our five CHAI Champions who are extraordinary advocates for people with disabilities.

Our Champions have all made a positive impact in their field through their support of promoting community, housing, access, and independence (CHAI) for all. This year’s CHAI Champions include:

· Jeff Karp, the Founder and President of LAZ Parking, who creates an environment that allows employees to reach their personal goals and full potential

· Julie O’Brien, who dedicates her time to helping individuals with disabilities and their families prepare for their transition into adult services

· Mark Kelly, the Director of Special Needs for the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, who builds community connections through increasing access for adults with disabilities

· Sammi Robertson, the President of Bailey’s Team for Autism, who raises essential funds that go towards helping those with autism

· David Rosenberg, a Business Leader in the community, who strives to create a friendly and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities

Carl Zack with Laurie and Paul Gershkowitz

Together, we raised more than $320,000 to continue building a foundation of well-being and resilience for our clients. The funds raised from this biennial event will go towards supporting those with disabilities, fostering their growth and independence, and giving them opportunities to live full, meaningful lives.

Thank you to our Chairs, Laurie & Paul Gershkowitz, for helping us create an inspiring and memorable evening in support of JF&CS CHAI Services; our guest speaker, Donna Roman, for sharing her experience as a client; our Champions for all that they do in the community; and the CHAI event committee for their hard work and dedication.

Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors, ticket buyers, and long-time and new friends for their generosity in supporting the critical work of CHAI Services.

Below, you can view photos from the event of our clients, staff, and attendees. 


A group of older adults enjoying being outside.
October 30, 2019

Posted by JF&CS

A group of older adults enjoying being outside.

“We are living in a stressed-out society,” said Kelley Annese, the Program Coordinator for JF&CS Aging Well at Home. “Every age group is experiencing more stress than ever before.”

Annese is something of an expert on stress. For over 10 years, Kelley has taught yoga and meditation to older adults in hospitals and senior centers around the North Shore. “I experienced a lot of anxiety and depression from a very young age,” shared Annese. “I was very fortunate to discover yoga and meditation in my early twenties. These practices have transformed my life, and it has become my mission to teach as many people as I can about the techniques that helped me.”

As part of this mission, Kelley is leading an ongoing Stress Management Workshop for older adults on the North Shore. Held at senior housing sites and the Salem Council on Aging, this free workshop is typically offered as a four-week series of 90-minute classes. After completing the workshop, participants should come away with a better understanding of what causes them to “stress out” and a toolkit of techniques to stop the stress response before it negatively affects them.

Geared Toward Older Adults


Annese’s workshop was designed with older adults in mind because they are a population that is usually overlooked when it comes to stress management. “Some people think that once you are older and have finished raising children and are retired, there is no more stress in your life. The truth is, older adults face stress just like everyone else. And if you weren’t very good at managing stress in your younger years, chances are you won’t be good at it later in life.”

The Stress Management Workshop is a natural fit for JF&CS Aging Well at Home, which offers a suite of services that support the interdependence and wellbeing of older adults living in the community. The program focuses on naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) where there are high concentrations of older adults, particularly senior housing.

In her workshop, Kelley educates older adults about what stress is and how it takes a toll on the mind and the body. Participants learn to identify what the main stressors are in their lives and how stress affects them personally. “The workshop sometimes ends up being a bit of a stress support group,” said Annese. “The participants like to share their stories and challenges from time to time.”

Drawing on Yoga, Meditation, and Art


Over the course of the four weeks, participants learn ten of the most effective stress management practices, including various meditation and breathing techniques. In addition to incorporating elements of yoga and meditation, Kelley also makes use of her background as a visual artist.

“I went to college for painting, and later, I made my living as a textile artist in California,” said Annese. “Art is extremely therapeutic, so I thought it was important to bring that element into the program as well.” Participants enjoy engaging in the workshop’s creative activities, which include rock painting and gratitude grids.

For Kelley, leading the workshop has been incredibly gratifying. “It really is rewarding to see a person’s energy shift as they experience the various techniques in the class,” said Annese. “When you can see a person relax and the smile that comes over their face, you know they got it!”

Some participants in the class end up taking the four-week series over and over again because they find it so helpful. “Many people have told me that they never felt so relaxed and at peace until they started attending these classes,” said Kelley.

How to Sign Up for the Workshop


For more information about attending the Stress Management Workshop, please give Kelley Annese a call at 978-564-0773.

For a listing of more workshops and groups offered by JF&CS, visit our Upcoming Events page.


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