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.

Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mental Health Matters: ACT for Your Life: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

By Nicole Whitman, Mental Health Specialists social work intern  

Seniors Matter: Reflections of a Social Work Intern

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Seniors Matter: Reflections of a Social Work Intern

While attending the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, I had the unique opportunity to enroll in a travel course and brief internship in Cape Town, South Africa. I had the pleasure of interning at The Haven Night Shelter (The Haven), an organization that provides transitional housing for adults ages 21 to 60. Through this experience, I identified two strong principles that now help guide my work at Jewish Family Service. 

Preventing Homelessness: The Very Special Work of JFS

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Preventing Homelessness: The Very Special Work of JFS

Despite Colorado’s relative prosperity, approximately 10,500 children and adults are homeless in Colorado on any given night. Of those, 7,600 are living in emergency shelters or transitional housing and 2,900 are on the streets.  

13th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Featuring Bill Walton and Bob Lanier Raises $556,000

Friday, May 05, 2017
13th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Featuring Bill Walton and Bob Lanier Raises $556,000

NBA Hall of Famers Bill Walton and Bob Lanier entertained nearly 700 business and professional leaders attending Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) 13th annual JFS Executive Luncheon held on April 28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. Attendees donated more than $50,000 in the room to make a $50,000 challenge grant match from an anonymous donor. In total, the event raised $556,000 to support the life-transforming programs of Jewish Family Service.  

Donor Spotlight: Jay and Kim Morse

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Donor Spotlight: Jay and Kim Morse

There are so many ways you can give to Jewish Family Service! One easy way is to set up a monthly recurring gift. We spoke with Jay and Kim Morse who support JFS in this way to find out why they chose this method of giving. Jay is an inside sales representative for Haynes Mechanical Systems and Kim is a senior account manager with Ready Talk.  

May/June 2017 Family Matters

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
May/June 2017 Family Matters

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

Volunteers are at the Heart of Everything We Do!

Friday, April 21, 2017
Volunteers are at the Heart of Everything We Do!

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 23 to 29, we thank and pay tribute to our nearly 1,200 annual volunteers. As you can see from the infographic below, volunteers are at the heart of everything we do! We are grateful to all the dedicated, passionate, and caring people of all ages who help in a variety of meaningful ways throughout the agency. 

CBS4 Denver: Fundraiser Helps Jewish Family Service

Monday, April 10, 2017
CBS4 Denver: Fundraiser Helps Jewish Family Service

Scott Stillman, co-chair of the JFS Executive Luncheon, and Dawn Richard, Jewish Family Service development director, were interviewed live on CBS4 News Sunday Morning on April 9, 2017 to talk about this year's Executive Luncheon. Watch the interview: 

Mile High Sports: Bill Walton compares Nikola Jokic’s mentality to Magic Johnson, Bill Russell

Friday, April 07, 2017
Mile High Sports: Bill Walton compares Nikola Jokic’s mentality to Magic Johnson, Bill Russell

In advance of Bill Walton's appearance in Denver for the 2017 Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon, he joined Les Shapiro and Eric Goodman of Mile High Sports Radio’s Afternoon Drive for an interview in which he shared his high opinion of Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic‘s selfless play. Walton will be joined by fellow Hall of Famer and former Detroit Pistons center Bob Lanier at the luncheon, which takes place at noon on April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver.  

Seniors Matter: Reduce Your Risk of Isolation

Friday, March 24, 2017
Seniors Matter: Reduce Your Risk of Isolation

Isolation can happen faster than you think, and the risk factors involved can impact one’s goal to age in place. Fortunately, isolation is also avoidable and reversible, and the activities involved can be tailored to any lifestyle or interest. Taking short walks, volunteering at a school or animal shelter, or learning something new can improve an individual’s well-being. People who engage in active lifestyles: