Press Release

JARC announces 2017 - 2018 Officers & Board Members

Board member reunion adds new twist to meeting

Farmington Hills MI, July 14, 2017:  JARC added a new twist to their 48th Annual Meeting this year, by incorporating a Board Member Reunion into their meeting.  The meeting was held in Farmington Hills, and hosted by the 6 lovely ladies and their dedicated staff at the Nusbaum Home – one of JARC’s family group homes.  JARC board alumni , from as far back as 1981 attended the meeting to re-connect, share best practices and recognize those board members completing their terms of office as well as acknowledging its newest members.

 Of note, David Carroll will continue as president of the board for the second year of his term.  He is currently also serving at the organization’s Interim CEO.  Howard Luckoff, General Counsel of Rock Ventures was announced as the president elect, and will be taking over in July 2018.  Other elected and re-elected officers included Dani Gillman, Joshua Tobias, Jason Weiss as Vice Presidents; Miriam Leventhal as Secretary; and Dolores Galea as Treasurer.

David Carroll expressed his gratitude to the 7 board members that were completing their terms of office, saying “we are thankful for the passion and hard work that these board members have given on behalf of JARC.  Their commitment to JARC has helped us continue to Enrich Lives and Erase Barriers for the people we serve”. Those completing their terms include:  Adam Becker, Amy Berlin, H. Adam Cohen, Marcy Colton, Eli Scherr and Janis Shulman.  Also recognized were the newly elected board members:  Aaron Beresh, Andrew Luckoff and Marc Schechter.

The remaining board members that were re-elected or are continuing to serve their term include Joanne Aronovitz, Michelle Bass, Lisa Brown, Daniel Collins, Jodi Fox, Ken Garfinkel, Joshua Jacobs, Adam Jahnke, Barbara Jonas, Deborah Kovsky-Apap, Lori Larsen, Lisa Pernick, and Dan Wiener.

Continuing officers of the JARC Foundation are David Grand, President; Robert Kaplow, Secretary, Ron Applebaum, Treasurer.  Foundation directors include Jonathan Aaron, Craig Erlich, Julie Hertzberg and Robert Nusbaum.

David Carroll, Current JARC Board President with Michael Feldman, Former JARC Board President (from 1986-1989)

David Carroll, Current JARC Board President with Michael Feldman, Former JARC Board President (from 1986-1989)

JARC is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan JARC is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization serving people with disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities are served in over 80 locations in the community, including group homes, independent living programs, and in-home services for children and adults living at home with their families. For more information on JARC, visit www.jarc.org or call 248.538.6611.      

Carol Kaczander, former Board Member and current JARC staff, with Bill Cohen, Former JARC Board President (from 1997-2000)

Carol Kaczander, former Board Member and current JARC staff, with Bill Cohen, Former JARC Board President (from 1997-2000)

Ron Applebaum, Former JARC Board President (from 2012-2014), with Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk and Current JARC Board Member.

Ron Applebaum, Former JARC Board President (from 2012-2014), with Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk and Current JARC Board Member.

               

Thank You Teen Board!

JARC’s LinkUp program received a major boost with a recent grant from The Jewish Fund Teen Board.

For all young adults, having friends, being socially included and truly feeling like you are part of the community are vital for having a meaningful, fulfilling and happy life.  For young adults with Developmental Disabilities, these essential parts of life can be lacking.   The LinkUp program directly addresses these challenges by providing year-round programming with an array of robust social opportunities as well as community service projects.  LinkUp’s inclusive culture allows participants to make new friends, expand their social skills and for those individuals that may want to move out of their parents’ home, they may even meet a potential roommate!

“We are thankful that The Jewish Fund Teen Board realizes the importance of funding programs that provide inclusion for people with disabilities, and made it a priority in their 2016-2017 grant making process,” said David Carroll, JARC President and Interim CEO.  “This generous grant will provide a positive impact on the lives of the LinkUp participants…for years to come!”

(L to R): David Carroll, JARC Board President, Monee Whitney, JARC LinkUp Coordinator, Rena Friedberg JARC Chief Philanthropy Officer, and Teen Board Members Ilan Elrom, Hugh Camiener, Charles Gertner.  (photo courtesy of John Hardwick)

(L to R): David Carroll, JARC Board President, Monee Whitney, JARC LinkUp Coordinator, Rena Friedberg JARC Chief Philanthropy Officer, and Teen Board Members Ilan Elrom, Hugh Camiener, Charles Gertner.  (photo courtesy of John Hardwick)

Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold

“Hearts of Gold” is how Shoshana Rubenstein describes Jenny Baldwin and Laura Shifrin. Shoshana has worked with these two long time friends, roommates and community volunteers in JARC's Independent Living Program for 20 years.

The great achievements of these two women can truly serve as an inspiration to others.  Jenny and Laura have been helping and volunteering in the community for so many years, across such a wide array of projects that they genuinely are deserving of recognition.

The two started as Candy Stripers at a local hospital at age 16. (Jenny and Laura are just four months apart in age.)  “Their whole life is giving to others,” states Shoshana, “with such dignity and warmth and kindness, it humbles me.”

Jenny and Laura have continued their involvement on volunteer projects that benefit young children, senior citizens and all age groups in between, and have been doing so for over forty years.

One of Jenny and Laura’s important volunteer commitments for 20 years now is the K’ver Avot (Graves of Our Ancestors) program, organized by Temple Israel and Ira Kaufman Funeral Chapel. The two womenaccompany seniors who have no family members to the cemetery to say prayers for and visit their departed loved ones. The pair get up early in the morning, help these seniors in and out of the car, holding them as they walk to the gravesite, and embracing them as they say prayers; showing true compassion to these seniors whose emotions often overflow. Jenny and Laura always find something loving to say, taking them by the hand and providing true comfort.

The projects Jenny and Laura volunteer for are very numerous. One is the big “Fall Fix Up” project conducted by Jewish Family Service. This includes raking leaves and fixing yards, usually for low income seniors or people with disabilities. On one such visit to a better neighborhood and a woman of apparent means, Jenny and Laura were able to befriend a Holocaust survivor who was isolated and depressed and needed to know that people would help her from the heart (and not just for pay). The personal connection Jenny and Laura forged with this woman lasted long after the afternoon of raking her leaves.

Once a year in December, Jenny and Laura participate in serving a dinner for homeless guests. Jenny and Laura embrace these folks with their kindness. This event began with the two women wrapping sandwiches and has now grown into a massive seven course meal, deeply benefitting the homeless community.

The two women take part in a cancer walk every June, taking place at West Bloomfield High School; each having lost a mother to cancer.

Just this past Valentine’s Day, the two women took part in an event called “Heart to Heart”- wrapping and packaging Valentine’s candy bags that include toys and stuffed animals and go to needy children- including those in care at Beaumont Hospital and those in foster care through Orchards Children’s Services. 700 packages in all were wrapped.

Jenny and Laura, according to Shoshana, “feel so good about sharing of themselves. Financially they don’t have a lot, but in giving of themselves, they have become ambassadors to the world.” “They have a busy calendar,” Shoshana concludes.

According to Laura Shifrin, “It just gives me such a warm feeling knowing that I can help people.”

Regarding their volunteer commitments, Jenny Baldwin says: “I would miss it so much if I didn’t have it.”

They have assembled packages for victims of Hurricane Katrina, sewed dolls for children at Children’s Hospital and shipped cookies overseas to those involved in Desert Storm.

Jenny Baldwin and Laura Shifrin, together as well as individually have donated countless hours to those less fortunate, touching others with their volunteer work and selflessness. Their ongoing charitable acts go so far back and will continue far into the future. The two women are deeply committed.