Welcome to Jewish Family Service of Colorado

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.

 


CBS4 Denver: Group Helps Keep Hunger at Bay for Children During Summer Months

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express program was featured on CBS4 Denver on May 29, 2018 as we kicked off the fifth year of the summer lunch program: 

Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-by World Class a Success

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-by World Class a Success

Ten people recently completed the 12-week course, "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World," which is an innovative workshop series that helps individuals and families at-risk for homelessness identify the underlying causes of poverty, increase financial literacy, and design a personalized action plan for escaping poverty and achieving long-term self-sufficiency. 

DuLaine Carmichael: Reengaged and Active at 71

Monday, May 14, 2018

DuLaine Carmichael has lived in the Edgewater Plaza Apartments for the past seven years. The building offers HUD-assisted housing for seniors, many of whom participate JFS’s Colorado Senior Connections program. DuLaine has always been an active participant in the many programs offered and built many meaningful relationships with other residents and the JFS staff.  

Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children at 16 Locations

Monday, May 14, 2018
Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children at 16 Locations

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 29. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings fresh, nutritious lunches to low-income children via mini school buses. 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.  

Dealing with Job Loss

Friday, May 11, 2018

Losing a job can be traumatic. It’s more than a loss of income, but a tremendous hit to an individual’s pride and sense of self-worth. For most Americans, our identity and self-worth are tightly linked to “what we do” and “where we work.” Our job often defines “who we are.” When that changes unexpectedly, it’s a shock to our very core. 

Older Adults and Employment: Staying Active and Engaged

Friday, May 11, 2018

Working a career for several years and then arriving at a decision to retire has its pros and cons. It may mean more time to try new things and be adventurous, or added time spoiling the grandchildren. In spite of the joys of retiring, it is also a period of transition and a time when questions may arise as to how to maintain passions and connections with others.  

Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Thursday, May 03, 2018
Earl Pettet: Maintaining Hope Through Crisis

Many of us are one crisis away from financial instability. It could be job loss, a medical emergency, or a death in the family. Without significant savings, it’s easy to go from self-sufficiency to facing homelessness in a matter of months. 

JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Thursday, May 03, 2018
JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Dawn CollinsDawn Collins
Senior Solutions
   

From the Interim CEO: Debra J. Zimmerman

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

It is my privilege to serve as interim president and CEO of Jewish Family Service as we initiate a search for the next leader of the organization. I want to assure our clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters that during this time of transition, we remain laser focused on our mission to enhance well-being to those in need in our community. We remain committed to serving the more than 22,000 vulnerable people in our community who are relying on our support this year.  

Spring 2018 Family Matters

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Spring 2018 Family Matters

The Spring 2018 issue of Family Matters is online now. This issue includes inspiring client stories, tips for dealing with job loss, suggestions for older adults looking to go back to work, information on a new legacy giving program, and much more. Read some of the articles through the links below: