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.


 


Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World Participants Feel Hopeful for Their Future

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World Participants Feel Hopeful for Their Future

Nine participants recently completed "Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-by-World," an innovative 12-week course 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. 

Third Graders Put Jewish Values into Action to Benefit JFS

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Third Graders Put Jewish Values into Action to Benefit JFS

Performing acts of loving kindness (gemilut chasadim), doing good deeds (mitzvot), philanthropic giving (tzedakah), and working to repair the world (tikkun olam) are all integral parts of the daily teachings at Denver Jewish Day School (Denver JDS). One way these values are taught is through the Helping Hands project, which connects each grade in the Lower Division (kindergarten through fifth grade) with a local nonprofit. JFS is the proud recipient of the third graders’ year-long community service project. 

Summer 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Summer 2019 Family Matters

The Summer 2019 issue of Family Matters focuses on mental health. Learn more about play therapy, counseling for older adults, school violence, work stress, and how JFS therapists are helping children in schools. Also check out information about past and upcoming events and meet our volunteer of the year. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

In recognition of Mental Health Month, this article addresses a common form of stress for Americans which can lead to significant mental health problems—work stress. 

The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Throughout my almost 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have had the honor of providing counseling services to older adults and, at times, their families. Traditionally, our counseling services for older adults have offered support and expertise around life transitions that come with aging, which may include grief, loss, social isolation, sadness, depression, and/or anxiety. We are eager to support our clients through these valid challenges. 

School Violence: There is Hope

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
School Violence: There is Hope

The headlines appear almost daily—another school shooting. It’s enough to strike fear in the heart of every parent, grandparent, and school-age child. We have new data that shows school violence is linked not only to mental health problems, but to physical health problems and risk-taking behavior, including drug and alcohol use. We see connections between bullying, victimization, fighting, and school violence. 

Play Therapy for Young Children

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Play Therapy for Young Children

Imagine being a young child and wanting to communicate but not having the vocabulary. Maybe you’ve been through trauma, maybe you struggle with emotional regulation, or maybe you worry frequently. 

Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

At 10 years old, Grace Allen is smart, inquisitive, and loves to learn. Her big, warm smile complements her obvious desire to engage. Her favorite subject is math, with science a close second. Her dream is to become a baker (she loves cookies) or maybe a doctor. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to figure all that out.  

From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Another school shooting. Multiple teen suicides. A woman obsessed with the Columbine tragedy threatens Colorado schools. The number of instances is growing. Sadly, this is our new reality and so many of us are at loss as to what to do. 

Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Meet the 2019 Max Frankel Volunteer of the Year

For the past 11 years, Evan Silverman has been a fixture at JFS, volunteering in 12 different capacities and logging more than 550 hours of service. Whether it’s distributing lunches aboard the Lunchbox Express, serving older adults kosher meals at the JCC, or stuffing envelopes, Evan gives his all to support the mission of JFS and the people it serves. 

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