History

History: A Tradition of Care and Compassion


History

Jewish Family Service of Colorado's origins began in 1872 with the founding of the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society. Our progenitor helped meet the social service needs of Denver's 300 Jewish pioneers.

One of our celebrated founding members and early presidents, Frances Wisebart Jacobs (1843-1892), was one of the co-founders of the United Way of America. Known today as the "Mother of Charities," Mrs. Jacobs dedicated her life to serving people in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation. She has been honored with induction in the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Under her visionary leadership, our organization was a founding member of the Charity Organization Society in Denver which was formed as the Community Chest in 1887, the forerunner of the United Way.

Through our many transformations over the years, Mrs. Jacob's legacy of community service has been a constant guiding beacon. Today, Jewish Family Service of Colorado touches the lives of nearly 25,000 people annually in our community and is an affiliated agency of Mile High United Way, JEWISHcolorado, Colorado Nonprofit Association, and AJFCA (Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies).

Jewish Family Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonsectarian human service agency and an equal opportunity employer.