Welcome to Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the Denver community by providing vital services to people in need. Every day, JFS helps people overcome life’s challenges to live fuller, more meaningful lives. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors maintain a high quality of life, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to people with significant barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to individuals and families in crisis. Every year, our human services agency benefits nearly 24,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.


 


Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Bob Perlow Warmed Up the Reel Hope Boulder Crowd

Bob Perlow, the go-to warm-up comedy act for countless hit sitcoms and variety shows, entertained nearly 200 people attending the 6th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Thanks to generous donors who gave nearly $90,000 to support Boulder JFS’s life-transforming work in the Boulder community!
 

Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Monday, October 15, 2018
Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Did you know that JFS provides free mental health services to students and their families in schools? KidSuccess is a program that puts trained therapists work in 11 Denver public schools and one private school. One of the many issues our therapists address is bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to highlight how KidSuccess therapist Dana Polley successfully helped a group of fifth-grade girls. 

JFS at the JCC: Fighting Hunger and Food Insecurity for Older Adults

Thursday, September 27, 2018
JFS at the JCC: Fighting Hunger and Food Insecurity for Older Adults

In the United States, one in six adults over 60 faces food insecurity, meaning they don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.  

High Holy Day Reflections: Leave a Legacy

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Live On and Life & Legacy logosDuring the High Holy Days, many of us reflect on our lives and think about what legacy we are leaving for our families and communities. As you are reflecting on your life and values, we hope you will consider remembering JFS in your will, trust, or retirement plan. It is the most personal of gifts and one that will continue to deliver the values that are important to you long after you’re gone.
 

Bullying in the Schools

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, more than 160,000 students miss school each day due to fears of being bullied. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. It can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. 

From the CEO: Weinberg Food Pantry

Thursday, August 23, 2018

In this issue of Family Matters, we’re highlighting the Weinberg Food Pantry and the incredible work it is doing to fight hunger and food insecurity in our community. Many of the more than 3,200 people we serve each year count on this food to survive. It means that children won’t go to bed hungry. It means that a senior on a fixed income won’t have to choose between medicine and food. And it means that an unemployed parent can focus on finding a job rather than worrying about where their next meal will come from.  

The Weinberg Food Pantry: A Lifeline for People in Need

Thursday, August 23, 2018
The Weinberg Food Pantry: A Lifeline for People in Need

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Food Pantry is one of JFS’s most visible programs, and one of the most impactful. Hundreds of people in our community rely on the pantry to meet one of life’s most basic needs—food. What started as a kosher pantry serving Russian Jewish refugees in 1991 has grown into a vital community resource that serves more than 3,200 people and distributes 662,000 pounds of food each year. The pantry is open to all people, regardless of faith, race, age, or ability. 

L’dor V’dor: From Generation to Generation

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Jewish Family Service exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values, that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place. With this value as a guide, JFS ensures a future where families are strong, children are safe, and our seniors are cared for and not alone.  

Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Nutrition and Its Impact on Mental Health in Children

It’s undeniable there is a connection between a well-balanced meal and mental health. This is especially true for young people. Research found that poorer mental health outcomes in adolescents aged 13 to 15 were associated with a diet consisting of processed and refined foods, fast food, and high levels of sugar. Better mental health outcomes were found in those who had a higher intake of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables. 

Raad Altaee: A Picture of Happiness

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Raad Altaee: A Picture of Happiness

Raad Altaee, 57, is warm and welcoming with a delightful twinkle in his eyes. He loves people and they love him back. He’s effusively happy and kind, and deeply appreciative of any kind gesture and eager to reciprocate. You can’t help but smile when you meet him.