JFS Perspectives

JFS Was There for Me When the Pandemic Struck

Monday, July 20, 2020

Candace Epperson moved to Denver in 2018 for a fresh start after her divorce. An experienced teacher, she found employment as a substitute for Denver Public Schools and local childcare centers. Since moving to Colorado, everything was lining up for a smooth transition…until March 12 when schools were forced to close due to COVID-19. Teachers were working remotely, and substitutes were not needed.
 

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Homemaker Program Helps Combat Social Isolation

Monday, July 06, 2020
Homemaker Program Helps Combat Social Isolation

In mid-March when we began to see and feel the impacts of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend the homemaker service provided by our Aging Care & Connections (ACC) department. Since that time, the ACC team worked extensively to maintain contact with the older adults who typically receive homemaker assistance to ensure we understood their ongoing needs and could find ways to support them during this time. 

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Cynthia Williams: From Homeless to Self-Sufficient

Monday, July 06, 2020
Cynthia Williams: From Homeless to Self-Sufficient

Cynthia Williams, 59, first learned about JFS five years ago when she was in a transitional program through Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and needed food. She accessed the food pantry monthly with her two sons, Jamaal and Sebastian, and her grandchildren received food and school supplies through our Lunchbox Express program. She was struggling to find employment at her age. “I didn’t know how to compete or stand out and didn’t have the tools to create a proper résumé,” Cynthia explains. 

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How You Can Actively Volunteer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
How You Can Actively Volunteer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do you want to find ways you can help your neighbors and community, but aren’t sure how to do so without jeopardizing the health of yourself and others? Fortunately, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Denver that are more important now than ever before. 

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