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.

 


Gloria Fobb: Working for a Living

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gloria FobbGloria Fobb, 47, has a simple dream. She wants to get a job and earn a living—on her own. Thanks to support from SHALOM Denver’s Supported Employment program, Gloria’s dream just became a reality. She was hired as a laundry attendant at a large Denver hotel and she couldn’t be happier.  

Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Monday, July 09, 2018
Congratulations to 2018 Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year

Mady Kassanoff and Stephen Green were honored as the Jewish Family Service Max Frankel Volunteers of the Year at the Celebrate JFS event on June 18. Mady and Stephen are both retired librarians, a couple who share a deep sense of caring for those in our community who need a hand. Lucky for us, they chose JFS as one of the places to devote their time and energy.  

Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

Monday, July 09, 2018
Circle Talk: Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends

If someone gave you a million dollars to spend on yourself, how would you spend it? If you could give it away to make the world a better place, to whom would you give it? These are the types of questions that older adults explore together in Circle Talk. This program creates a safe space for older adults to have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most to them. Circle Talk draws connections between group members’ life experiences, giving them the chance to speak to the real moments that shape their lives and sense of self.  

Welcome to Our New Board Members!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Congratulations to our new board members (below) who were installed at the Celebrate JFS event in June! Thank you to outgoing board members Adam Agron, David Friedman, Rabbi Salomon Gruenwald, Steve Kris, and Linda Loewenstein for their years of dedicated service to JFS. We appreciate their contributions and passionate leadership.  

Thamer Abdullah: Making His Way in America

Monday, June 18, 2018

Witnessing a suicide bomber commit his final act of terror was the last straw for Thamer Abdullah. That his 12-year-old son also saw the horrific act made it that much worse. It was then that he decided to leave his native Iraq with his family and move to Syria in hopes of securing a better and safer life.  

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.