Welcome to Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Jewish Family Service (JFS) believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other people with barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis.

Seniors Matter: Coping With Change

Friday, January 20, 2017
Seniors Matter: Coping With Change

Our lives are full of change. Sometimes a change is small and personal. Sometimes it is large and has tremendous impact on our society. Some changes feel positive and full of hope, while others feel difficult and filled with dread.  

Spunky 96-Year-Old Diane

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In August, Boulder JFS received a request for help from a hospice chaplain. The chaplain relayed that a woman he had been visiting, Diane Merrick, told him, “Everything is in order, except I need to see a rabbi.”  

Mental Health Matters: Mindfulness in Children

Friday, January 13, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Mindfulness in Children

Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress, as well as increase one's ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy. Mindfulness is widely considered an effective psychotherapy treatment for adults, children, and adolescents with aggression, ADHD, and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

Thank You for Making the Holidays Bright for Nearly 700 People!

Friday, January 06, 2017
Thank You for Making the Holidays Bright for Nearly 700 People!

Last month, many generous individuals, organizations, and corporations collected holiday gifts for JFS clients through our Bright Holidays program. We restructured the program this year to adjust to changing client needs. The ways people could provide gifts this year were:
 

Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Winter 2017 Boulder Matters

The Winter 2017 issue of the Boulder Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes:  

January/February 2017 Family Matters

Friday, December 23, 2016
January/February 2017 Family Matters

The January/February 2017 issue of the Family Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes:  

Giving Starts Early

Friday, December 16, 2016
Giving Starts Early

We just found out about some mitzvahs (good deeds) a four-year-old girl in our community has been doing for the holiday season! The family wants to remain anonymous, but here’s what her mom told us: 

Denver Post: Seen: Jewish Family Service honors retiree Yana Vishnitsky

Friday, December 16, 2016
Denver Post: Seen: Jewish Family Service honors retiree Yana Vishnitsky

An article about our fundraiser, "Yana! A Farewell Celebration" was featured in the "Seen" column of The Denver Post on December 15, 2016: 

“Yana! A Farewell Celebration” Raises Record $1.2 Million

Thursday, December 15, 2016
“Yana! A Farewell Celebration” Raises Record $1.2 Million

Yana's Family on Red CarpetNearly 600 guests, dressed to the nines, walked the red carpet at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center to pay tribute to retiring JFS president and CEO Yana Vishnitsky. Attendees mingled while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and upbeat entertainment by the glamorous Spinphony string quartet. “Cossack” dancers led everyone into the Centennial Ballroom for an elegant family-style seated dinner.  

Refugee Mental Health Department Facilitated Successful Iraqi Women’s Wellness Group

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Refugee Mental Health Department Facilitated Successful Iraqi Women’s Wellness Group

By Kelli Hayes, Refugee Mental Health Administrative Assistant and co-facilitator of the IWW Group