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.


 

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. 

Jewish Family Service to Honor Gay Curtiss-Lusher and Sam Zaitz at ‘The Faces of JFS 2017 Winter Soirée’ on December 14

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Jewish Family Service to Honor Gay Curtiss-Lusher and Sam Zaitz at ‘The Faces of JFS 2017 Winter Soirée’ on December 14

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) will honor Gay Curtiss-Lusher and Sam Zaitz at The Faces of JFS 2017 Winter Soirée, on Thursday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street. This inaugural fundraiser will celebrate the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. Community members are invited to pay tribute to Gay Curtiss-Lusher, who will receive the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award, and Sam Zaitz, who will be honored with the inaugural Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award.  

From the CEO: JFS—Who we are and why we are

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
From the CEO: JFS—Who we are and why we are

The New Year is an opportunity to reflect, refresh, renew, and look forward.  We do this as individuals, families, communities, and organizations. During consequential times, this process of determining who we are, why we are, and what we stand for is more important than ever. I will not presume to suggest what each of us should do individually, but I can share the “who, why, and what” of this extraordinary organization, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS).  

Boulder Volunteer Baker is the Apple of Our Eye

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For the past several years, baker extraordinaire Lisa Hainline has added some extra sweetness to the High Holy Day services Boulder JFS brings to local retirement communities. As a cherished behind-the-scenes volunteer, Lisa bakes as many apple cakes as our Boulder staff asks her to—this year it’s six! While the residents enjoy the traditional apples and honey that is served at most Rosh Hashanah celebrations, they are thrilled to see Lisa’s homemade cakes on the tables. 

September/October 2017 Family Matters

Monday, August 21, 2017
September/October 2017 Family Matters

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

Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

Monday, August 21, 2017
Lunchbox Express Volunteers Helped Us Fight Hunger Throughout the Summer

How many people does it take to distribute more than 30,000 lunches to low-income children in the summer? It turns out it takes a village … a village of dedicated individual and group volunteers. 

Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

Monday, August 21, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight: John Keith: How one volunteer’s efforts are helping JFS nourish kids’ bodies and minds

In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 book for every 300 kids. In fact, 81 percent of low-income families have no books at all in the home for children. Along with a committed group of volunteers, JFS board member and volunteer John Keith is trying to change these startling statistics.  

Seniors Matter: Serving a Growing Demographic

Monday, August 21, 2017
Seniors Matter: Serving a Growing Demographic

I have spent my career dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. For me, there is nothing more important than honoring our elders by ensuring they have dignity, respect, choice, and autonomy as they age. As I entered my role at Jewish Family Service nearly a year ago, I did so with great excitement—knowing that the array of services we offer to older adults improves their quality of life. 

Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

Monday, August 21, 2017
Mental Health Matters: Movements Toward Authenticity

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Geraldine Hardy, 67, has been through some tough times. Thirteen years ago, she was physically abused in her home and finally left—with nothing but her car. With nowhere to go and no money, she was soon living on the street. For seven years, Geraldine lived in cheap motels and in her car. “It was a rough time,” she laments. “It’s scary when someone knocks on your car window and you don’t know who they are.”