Annual Campaign for Impact

Annual Campaign for Impact


Annual Campaign for Impact 2018

Each year more than 22,000 people, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities benefit from the many programs of  Jewish Family Service (JFS). On an annual basis, we assess community needs and review our operational expenses to determine a responsible budget. Please support the Annual Campaign for Impact, which will help JFS respond to new funding challenges and still meet the growing demand for services.

To support the Annual Campaign for Impact, donate here! 

THE CHALLENGE:

Cuts in funding, changes in policies, uncertainty around mill levies, and access to health insurance threaten our 2018 budgeted services. At the same time, community needs are increasing at unprecedented levels.

THE OPPORTUNITY:

The 2018 Annual Campaign for Impact is an ongoing initiative to fully fund our planned services while building capacity for future needs.

JFS is faced with a number of issues that are limiting our ability to meet current and future community needs:

  • Cuts in government funding with more coming
  • Significant changes in how we train and employ people with disabilities
  • Cuts in Medicaid that will limit access to mental health care  

By supporting the Annual Campaign for Impact, you will help JFS continue these important services:

Preventing Homelessness

PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS
JFS’s emergency assistance programs have already seen significant cuts in funding from government sources. Without the extra money, fewer families will receive rental assistance and other in-depth services that keep them from becoming homeless. This is especially challenging as Denver housing costs increase and often reflect up to 90 percent of our clients’ incomes.

Providing Refugee ServicesPROVIDING REFUGEE SERVICES
JFS serves more than 450 refugees who are already in Colorado each year. These individuals and families receive culturally competent services, including case management, trauma-informed psychotherapy services, psychiatry, and navigation to other services within JFS and throughout the community. Despite cuts in funding to support refugees, JFS has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people who need these supports due to our current political climate.

Senior ServicesMAINTAINING SENIOR SERVICES
JFS provides services to the most vulnerable seniors in our community. These include Holocaust survivors, the homebound, and those in need of multiple services because of illness or injury. As people live longer, their needs intensify and there is simply less funding available to support this growing population.

Disability ServicesEMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
JFS serves people with the most significant barriers to employment and is successfully helping individuals secure and retain meaningful employment. However, due to changes in federal regulations, there is a transition away from group facility-based employment that is segregated from the general community to employment within the general community, where people with disabilities are integrated into the workplace.

Staff-to-client ratios are much lower in community-based programs versus facility-based programs, which significantly increases the cost to provide support services. Providing on-the- job support services is expensive, but important to ensure that all people—including people with disabilities—can earn full wages. This shift is causing us to think of new ways to fund and implement these critical services.

Mental Health ServicesAFFECTING JFS’S MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
JFS’s clients have been the beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion and mill levy funding. With the funding from these sources, JFS has been able to address mental health needs for many individuals, families, and children. With the newly proposed federal budget cutting Medicaid expansion, uncertainty of continued funding from the marijuana industry through mill levies to address mental health, and with the likely decreased access to health insurance, there will be more untreated mental illness in the overall population. More funding is necessary to meet this need.

For more information or to support the Annual Campaign for Impact, please contact the JFS Development team at 720.248.4663 or donate here.