We all need somebody to lean on……

By Barbara Levy Gradet, LCSW

Each of us, at some time in our lives, is likely to find ourselves facing one of life’s challenges.  It may be the stress of caring for an aging or ill parent.  It may be the upset and insecurity that come with job loss.  It may be the uncertainty of how to respond to a child’s separation anxiety. Or, it may be the struggle of trying to overcome feelings of unhappiness.

Our natural tendency is to confront these issues on our own.  Sometimes there is even a feeling that if we can’t solve all our own problems or if we can’t pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, something must be wrong with us. When did it become a weakness to need some guidance and support?  Why is it okay to help others but not accept help from others?

At Jewish Community Services, we have always seen bumps in the road as normal, healthy parts of living.  Life is becoming increasingly complex, so the need for supportive services has continued to grow in our community.  A greater number of seniors needing services to age with dignity is placing strain on more families than ever.   Our hectic, fast-paced lives have impacted our relationships.  The risks and challenges facing our children and teens today have us worried and confused.  The recession has left many of us needing expert assistance to find a job in a shrinking, highly competitive job market.  And with so much going on, it is no wonder that we are feeling more stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed.

Recognizing the realities of life today, THE ASSOCIATED and JCS have responded by making resources, services, and support even more accessible by opening a new full service JCS office in Owings Mills.   In addition to our Park Heights office, all of our services are now available at the JCC in Owings Mills.  This exciting location makes our services very convenient, not only to JCC members, but to the entire Northwest Baltimore County community.

As always, JCS is dedicated to “HELPING YOU SOLVE LIFE’S PUZZLES.”

Call 410-466-9200, visit www.jcsbaltimore.org, or stop in to learn about our many SOLUTIONS.

The entire community is invited to an Open House to celebrate the opening of the new JCS offices at the Owings Mills JCC on Sunday, May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Take a tour and receive a special gift.  Meet our staff and find out what JCS can do for you and your family.

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One response to “We all need somebody to lean on……

  1. Helen BRONSTEIN

    Beautifully written.

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