Posted by Jamie Grossman

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. My mother was a longtime volunteer with Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. I learned early about the value of reaching into the community to offer support to individuals and families in need of financial, spiritual, or emotional guidance. Fourteen years ago, when I was asked to join the Board of Directors at JF&CS of Greater Boston, I jumped at the chance. I worked on committees, helped fundraise, and became a lifetime supporter of the incredible work being done every day at JF&CS.

I have been living in Boston for more than 30 years now and until I met my boyfriend, Bob, almost four years ago, I had never spent any time with or known anyone in the military. As we spent more and more time together, I began to learn about life as a military family and the toll it takes on relationships with spouses and children. With Bob, I became involved with the Home Base Program, a wonderful provider of community education and outreach as well as clinical care for military coping with PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and their families. The more exposure I had to the military community, the more I thought about JF&CS and the services we provide. I decided to bridge the gap between JF&CS and the military community by creating JF&CS Shoulder to Shoulder.

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