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Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the 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 to children and adults, 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, the agency benefits more than 22,000 people of all faiths, races, ages, incomes, and abilities.


Thanks for Investing in JFS at 14th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thanks for Investing in JFS at 14th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon

Barbara at the sponsor receptionBarbara Corcoran, real estate mogul, business expert, and investor/shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, entertained nearly 600 business and professional leaders attending Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) 14th annual JFS Executive Luncheon held on April 18 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.  

Arabic-speaking Women’s Group Brings Hope Through Story

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“I have ownership of my own life story—that means I have the choice to change it and make it better.”
JFS’s recent Arabic-speaking Women’s Wellness Group, facilitated by the Refugee Mental Health program, was a smashing success due in large part to the courage of the women who participated. The long and challenging 18-inch journey from their heads to their hearts directly correlated with their long and arduous journeys from Iraq and Syria to Colorado.  

Our Volunteers Make It Possible

Friday, April 13, 2018
Our Volunteers Make It Possible

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, we celebrate and thank our volunteers. Their impact is immeasurable, not only for the agency, but for the community as a whole. Volunteers truly are at the heart of everything we do.  

Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Donor Spotlight: Jerry and Gail Sloat

Jerry SloatJerry and Gail Sloat have been longtime supporters of Boulder JFS. In fact, their first contact with JFS was when Jerry volunteered to sound the shofar at a JFS High Holy Day service in an assisted living facility approximately 35 years ago! Since then, their involvement has grown. Jerry still sounds the shofar at all of the High Holy Day services in many senior living communities around Boulder. Gail has been a Friendly Visitor volunteer for about seven years, which she loves.  

SHALOM Denver’s Colorado Works Employment Services: Finding a Career Path for Joseph

Monday, March 19, 2018

After tragedy struck, Joseph Lozano, 47, suddenly found himself a single father, homeless, and unable to work. Separated from his girlfriend and son, who were living in Texas, he received a call that his girlfriend had died. He then found out his six-year-old son had witnessed her murder. He immediately went to Texas, gained custody of his child, and brought him back to Denver.  

Catch Carri: Real Estate Mogul, Business Expert, Shark Tank Star Barbara Corcoran Headlines 14th Annual JFS Executive Luncheon April 18

Monday, March 19, 2018

An article about the upcoming JFS Executive Luncheon featuring Barbara Corcoran was featured on CatchCarri.com on March 18, 2018: 

International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Friday, March 02, 2018
International KidSuccess: Helping Refugee Kids Succeed in School—and Life

Imagine you’re 14 years old and you’ve spent the last seven years of your life in a refugee camp in Syria after escaping from your home country of Iraq. You hear gunfire and bombs daily. You have no access to books, school, work, or any kind of entertainment. You lost your father in the Iraqi war and your younger brother was shot and killed in crossfire. You’ve witnessed the deaths of two good friends and your cousin. You and your mother live in fear every day and have been waiting for the last five years to be approved for refugee status and the opportunity of a better life in the United States. 

Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Acclaimed Denver Author Helen Thorpe Visits JFS

A group of approximately 50 JFS staff and community members were spellbound by renowned Denver author Helen Thorpe as she offered highlights of her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom at a lunch-n-learn recently hosted by JFS.  

Family Safety Net: A Path to Stability and Self-Sufficiency

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture this: you have a steady income, always pay your rent on time, and are self-sufficient. Then at nearly 60 years old, your source of income slips away and you can no longer perform the physical labor necessary to find another job in your line of work. The rent is past due, you don’t have money for food, and you can’t find employment.  

​Scott Stillman Joins Jewish Family Service Board of Directors

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Scott StillmanJewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Stillman to its Board of Directors. Stillman is the president and managing partner of MassMutual Colorado, a company that provides comprehensive financial planning for small- and mid-sized businesses and professionals in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, and risk management. The firm includes more than 70 advisors working across the Front Range.