Beth Schwartz, Rich Rosenberg, Fran Gafvert, Pat Rosenberg, Bralynda Watkins, Linda Kean, June Ridgway, Lilly Narusevich, Terri Brockman
Compassion, dedication and trustworthiness are vital characteristics of any caregiver. Jewish Family Service Bikur Cholim Coordinator Patricia Rosenberg was recognized as having these attributes and impacting many lives in the Jewish community when the Caring Like Karen Fund presented her with the Community Caregiver Award. Pat and five other caregivers were honored at a luncheon June 14 at the Marriott at Union Centre.
Rosenberg began her long Jewish Family Service career in 1989 as a case worker who helped resettle refugees from the former Soviet Union and then became the Director of the Resettlement department. She tutored, developed curricula, taught English to people with limited English proficiency, and helped find them necessary resources. To effectively build stronger relationships with her clients, she was enrolled in Russian language classes. Today, one family in particular is still connected with her as she provides weekly English tutoring to the mother.
She also has served many French-speaking refugee families from African nations. Rosenberg was the coordinator for a program that worked with Burundi immigrants, teaching them the dynamics of healthy relationships. By taking the time to learn their culture, she was able to build positive and reciprocal relationships with refugee families.
Currently, in her position as the coordinator for the Bikur Cholim Project: A Jewish Visiting Initiative, Rosenberg has a role in organizing, visiting and programming for isolated elders and people living in care facilities. She matches volunteer visitors with Jewish clients who are sick, lonely, chronically disabled and/or isolated.
Because of her passion for caring for others she has helped create a Chaplaincy program to provide rabbinic support for individuals who are not affiliated with a congregation. The program, Pastoral Care, is a free service Jewish Family Service provides in partnership with Hebrew Union College.
“Pat advocates for the needs of the people she serves. She is a true motivator and has brought joy to so many lives,” Jewish Family Service Executive Director Beth Schwartz said. “She has changed their lives for the better through her support.”
The Caring Like Karen Fund was established in memory of Karen Mason, a dedicated caregiver who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2012. Karen was unsurpassed in the level of care she provided, and the Caring Like Karen Award seeks to honor those caregivers who emulate Karen’s love and patience for those in their care. Because caregivers focus so much on others and so little on themselves, it was Karen’s wish that these awards provide something special for the recipients. The luncheon was sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty.