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.


 


CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

Friday, March 15, 2019
CircleTalk: Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

For some older adults who leave their homes for the security and support offered by senior residential communities, the transition is difficult. Social networks are disrupted or lost leading to loneliness, isolation, and lack of meaningful community. A growing body of research shows that these transitions can increase the risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and depression. A survey done by health insurer Cigna in 2018 found that loneliness rivals smoking and obesity as a health risk. 

Spring 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Spring 2019 Family Matters

The Spring 2019 issue of Family Matters focuses on older adults. Hear from our president & CEO, Linda Foster; see how JFS helps older adults through a variety of services; learn about upcoming events; read an impactful client story; read a touching volunteer story; learn about the JFS Legacy Society; and much more. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

From the CEO: Supporting Older Adults

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

In this issue of Family Matters, we’re highlighting the work JFS is doing to support older adults in our community. As baby boomers age—and seniors live longer—the demand for support services is growing exponentially. JFS remains committed to serving this population with needed support services that improve quality of life and ensure that older adults stay supported, connected, and engaged.
 

Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Marty and Shira Zimmerman: Investing in the Future of JFS and Our Community

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 forgotten. The JFS Legacy Society ensures the future of JFS for generations to come. 

A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
A Shared Love of Family Brought Two Strangers Together

When Lexi Szewczuga’s grandmother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away last fall, she wanted to honor her grandma’s memory by helping a local senior. “My mom often visited my grandma in her nursing home and shared that hardly any of the residents had visitors and how excited they were when people did visit,” Lexi explains. She used Volunteer Match to search for opportunities helping seniors and found the Friendly Visitor program at Jewish Family Service. 

The Changing Landscape of Service to Older Adults

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Service to Older Adults

Every single day, the Senior Solutions team at JFS works to coordinate an array of services to help older adults live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Right now, someone is likely getting their house cleaned by one of our dedicated homemakers. Another client is opening the door to a JFS driver there to drop off a kosher meal. And yet another is talking intently with their care manager about coordinating services to help them remain in their own home for as long as possible. This is merely a snapshot of the many services offered by the Senior Solutions department at JFS. We are honored to provide these and so much more! 

Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Client Spotlight: Seeing Sandy's Potential

Sandy Marsik is 71 years old and legally blind. She suffers from a rare genetic disease that has resulted in the loss of most of her vision. Since her diagnosis, she’s had cataracts in both eyes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. She’s had five corneal transplant surgeries. While her eyesight has improved after each, the disease always progresses. 

Volunteer Spotlight: The Power of Music

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lynn Nadel at the sing-a-longWhile Lynn Nadel was familiar with music’s powerful effects on people with dementia, she had never witnessed it firsthand. That is, until earlier this month when she led a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier, a local retirement community.  

Moving Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Moving Mom and Dad

One of the questions we receive most often is around how to go about moving your parents—whether it’s across the country to be closer to family or across the street into a retirement community. Adult children want to ensure that the transition goes smoothly, tending to their parents’ health, finances, and logistics.  

CBS4 Denver: Pets Are Family, Too When It Comes To Helping Furloughed Government Workers

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
CBS4 Denver: Pets Are Family, Too When It Comes To Helping Furloughed Government Workers

CBS4 Denver ran a story on January 18, 2019 about the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry and Colorado Pet Pantry giving food and pet food to a furloughed government employee: 

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