Welcome to Jewish Family Service of Colorado

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is one of the leading human service organizations in Denver. We believe in strengthening the Denver community by providing vital social services to people in need. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human service agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS serves people of all faiths, ages, incomes, races, and abilities. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other people with barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis.

Donor Spotlight: Stacey Garrett

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Donor Spotlight: Stacey Garrett

There are so many ways you can give to Jewish Family Service! One easy way is to donate through Colorado Gives Day. We spoke with Stacey Garrett, a CPA who has supported JFS in this way since 2011 to find out why she chose this method of giving.   

SHALOM Denver and the Curious Case of the Colorful Cups

Thursday, October 26, 2017
SHALOM Denver and the Curious Case of the Colorful Cups

The work floor at SHALOM Denver is overflowing with colorful plastic cups. There are tens of thousands of them that workers are busy sorting, packaging, labeling, and packing for shipment to schools, educators, and moms nationwide. 

From the CEO: The Power of Human Potential

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jewish Family Service serves the vulnerable in our community in myriad ways. As you’ll discover in this issue of Family Matters, we support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities at our SHALOM Denver division. There, we’re helping people learn, grow, work, engage, and realize their full potential.  

JFS Offers Resource Day November 3

Thursday, October 26, 2017
JFS Offers Resource Day November 3

Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host a resource day on Friday, November 3, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive in Denver. It is free and open to the public. The following resources will be available so that participants can learn about many community programs in one convenient place: 

Seniors Matter: Heavy Hearts During the Holidays

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Seniors Matter: Heavy Hearts During the Holidays

The holidays present themselves as an opportune time to cherish and celebrate life and love with family and friends. It is a time of excess decorations, sacred rituals, and reflection on the prior year. As the holidays bring feelings of happiness, joy, and community to many, others are greeted with heavy hearts as they face changed traditions forced onto them by the year’s losses. 

Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Mental Health Matters: An Inside Look at Refugee Mental Health

About the Refugee Mental Health Department: There is no such thing as a “typical day” for the Refugee Mental Health team. We work with men, women, and children from more than 15 countries including Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Bhutan, and Somalia. Our clients’ needs are equally as diverse. Many clients, particularly those who have only recently arrived in the United States, are facing challenges adjusting to their new lives. In a new country, everyday tasks like reading the mail or taking the bus can be a challenge, much less learning a new language and finding a job. On top of concerns about meeting basic needs, they often struggle with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Our team works to meet these individuals on their level and provide them with support to help them progress and thrive. 

November/December 2017 Family Matters

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
November/December 2017 Family Matters

The November/December 2017 issue of the Family Matters newsletter is online now! This issue includes:  

Stephani Baca—Operating at Maximum Potential

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Stephani Baca—Operating at Maximum Potential

Stephani Baca may have Down syndrome, but it’s not keeping her from living a rich, full life. She has dozens of friends and enjoys going to SHALOM Denver every week and engaging in a variety of activities that keep her active and engaged. 

5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Friday, October 20, 2017
5th Annual Reel Hope Boulder with Bruce Vilanch Most Successful to Date

Rebecca

Award-winning Hollywood writer, actor, and comedian Bruce Vilanch entertained nearly 300 people attending the 5th annual Reel Hope Boulder, benefiting Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS). Special thanks to generous donors who gave to support the life-transforming work that JFS does in the Boulder community to help people like Rebecca (pictured to the right). In this record year, Reel Hope Boulder grossed more than $92,000—a 22% increase over last year!

 

Julie Alcorn Joins Jewish Family Service as Chief Development Officer

Monday, October 16, 2017
Julie Alcorn Joins Jewish Family Service as Chief Development Officer

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is pleased to welcome Julie Alcorn as Chief Development Officer. As a key member of the JFS executive leadership team, she is responsible for developing the strategy behind the agency’s growing fundraising and communications programs and for overseeing the implementation of those strategies. Alcorn leads and provides vision for the marketing and development staff and is responsible for supporting the fundraising and communications efforts of the organization.