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.


 


Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Lunchbox Express, a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), will begin providing free summer lunches through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program on May 28. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings fresh, nutritious lunches via repurposed mini school buses and some static sites. The program targets residential areas with a high percentage of children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year. 

Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Volunteer Para-Chaplain Officiates Wedding for Couple She’d Never Met

“I had never met Lulu when I got her call asking me if I would officiate at her wedding ceremony,” says volunteer para-chaplain Lynn Nadel. You may remember Lynn from a story we recently shared about her leading a Pete Seeger sing-along in the memory care unit at Frasier. Lynn has amazed us again as she went above and beyond her volunteer commitment!  

A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) has supported JFS since its founding 34 years ago. For this local law firm, which primarily specializes in real estate and land use matters, philanthropy doesn’t just mean writing a big check. Instead, they ask their employees which nonprofit organizations they are passionate about, which then connects the firm to meaningful ways to get involved in the community. 

Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Support in the Aftermath of School Closures

As you may know, many school districts in Colorado canceled classes today while law enforcement searched for a young woman accused of making threats to carry out an act of violence against schools in the Denver area. Thankfully the search for the perpetrator is now over. The FBI is continuing its investigation, but law enforcement says there is no longer a threat to our schools and community. 

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Monday, April 15, 2019
Celebrating Our Volunteers

We celebrate and thank our volunteers—now in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month—and every month. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the whole community. Thank you to each of our 1,211 volunteers who contributed a total of 30,988 hours of service last year to fulfill the mission of JFS!  

15th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Scored a Touchdown

Tuesday, April 09, 2019
15th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon Scored a Touchdown

Peyton Manning, football legend, entertained and inspired 800 business and professional leaders attending Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) sold-out 15th annual JFS Executive Luncheon held on April 3 at the Seawell Ballroom.  

Standing in Solidarity With a Community in Pain

Monday, April 01, 2019
Standing in Solidarity With a Community in Pain

March 15, 2019: It was the Friday after the “Bomb Cyclone,” the historic winter storm that hit the Denver metro area with a vengeance. I missed the bus stop for Jewish Family Service because my mind was still hibernating. On my commute, I had briefly seen a news headline about a shooting but went about my day catching up on work.  

A Happy Purim Partnership

Thursday, March 21, 2019
A Happy Purim Partnership

Thank you to Congregation Har HaShem for partnering with Boulder JFS again this year to provide mishloach manot packages to 35 of our clients for Purim. Har HaShem created the gift bags and 20 of our volunteers delivered them to older adults in the community. The seniors received a reusable tote bag filled with hamentashen, Gatorade, granola bars, chocolates, and instant coffee packets.  

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.  

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