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Welcome to Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Founded in 1872, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to vulnerable individuals and families. JFS offers a variety of programs to help those in need navigate life’s challenges through integrated support. The full continuum of care includes helping older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged as they age while maintaining a high quality of life; providing quality mental health counseling and case management to children, adults, immigrants, and refugees; offering training, job placement, and community enrichment to people with disabilities; and providing housing stability, employment support, and food security to individuals and families. Every year, the agency serves thousands of individuals and impacts more than 15,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.

Support Our High Holiday Food Donation Drive

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Weinberg Food Pantry has experienced a 400% increase in demand for service and has distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food and supplies. Please support our efforts to help the vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the High Holiday Food Drive. While most of us aren't able to go to synagogue for the High Holidays this year, there are several ways you can help. Below is a list of our most needed items.  

Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

With unemployment at 10.2% in Colorado and the supplemental unemployment insurance ending in July, JFS has received an increased number of requests for financial assistance for rent and utility payments. Andrew Rankin was struggling to make ends meet for his family after a variety of unfortunate circumstances culminated this summer. As he put it, “life has been consistently chaotic, full of ups and downs,” including putting an entrepreneurial endeavor on hold due to the pandemic and recovering from surgery.

 

500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

For the fourth year in a row, 13-year old Hannah Kutnick organized her annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. Whether kids are learning at home or in-person, they will have the supplies they need because of Hannah’s kindness. She collected donations from friends and family via social media to purchase supplies and then gathered her friends and family--outside, masked, and at a safe distance--to load the backpacks.  

Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Community is the bedrock of all forms of wellness. It is where we can lean into and lean on those who understand our circumstances, who alleviate our struggles, who share our common pain.  

JFS Was There for Me When the Pandemic Struck

Monday, July 20, 2020

Candace Epperson moved to Denver in 2018 for a fresh start after her divorce. An experienced teacher, she found employment as a substitute for Denver Public Schools and local childcare centers. Since moving to Colorado, everything was lining up for a smooth transition…until March 12 when schools were forced to close due to COVID-19. Teachers were working remotely, and substitutes were not needed.
 

Homemaker Program Helps Combat Social Isolation

Monday, July 06, 2020
Homemaker Program Helps Combat Social Isolation

In mid-March when we began to see and feel the impacts of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend the homemaker service provided by our Aging Care & Connections (ACC) department. Since that time, the ACC team worked extensively to maintain contact with the older adults who typically receive homemaker assistance to ensure we understood their ongoing needs and could find ways to support them during this time. 

Cynthia Williams: From Homeless to Self-Sufficient

Monday, July 06, 2020
Cynthia Williams: From Homeless to Self-Sufficient

Cynthia Williams, 59, first learned about JFS five years ago when she was in a transitional program through Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and needed food. She accessed the food pantry monthly with her two sons, Jamaal and Sebastian, and her grandchildren received food and school supplies through our Lunchbox Express program. She was struggling to find employment at her age. “I didn’t know how to compete or stand out and didn’t have the tools to create a proper résumé,” Cynthia explains. 

How You Can Actively Volunteer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
How You Can Actively Volunteer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do you want to find ways you can help your neighbors and community, but aren’t sure how to do so without jeopardizing the health of yourself and others? Fortunately, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Denver that are more important now than ever before. 

Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Monday, June 29, 2020
Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Samantha Thomas, incoming Sophomore Class President at Cherry Creek High School, recently completed a Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up food drive for the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry. We spoke with her to learn more about the project and to get her advice to other teens who want to give back to their community. 

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic Started, JFS Has...

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thanks to the incredible dedication and support of donors, volunteers, and community partners, JFS has helped so many individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic: