JFS Perspectives

Jewish Family Service of Colorado Selected for Year Two of the Jewish Poverty Challenge

Monday, August 31, 2020

Following a North American call for submissions and an exhaustive selection process, Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) has been chosen by The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA) for participation in Year Two of its NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge, an offering of the Network’s Center for Innovation and Research. The goal of the program is to help NJHSA member agencies better analyze the marketplace, launch and manage solutions, and implement sustainable measures for success to address the many dynamics associated with responding to Jewish Poverty.  

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Christina’s Welfare to Work Success Story

Monday, August 24, 2020

Domestic violence, stalking, custody battles. That was Christina Sharman’s life a year ago. She was trying to raise her young son, find a job, and get off welfare. Unfortunately, due to a difficult relationship with her child’s father and challenging custody exchange schedule, she could not find a job that allowed her to work irregular hours. She was referred to JFS’s Colorado Works Employment Assistance program in September 2019 to help her surmount these challenges.  

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Support Our High Holiday Food Donation Drive

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Weinberg Food Pantry has experienced a 400% increase in demand for service and has distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food and supplies. Please support our efforts to help the vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the High Holiday Food Drive. While most of us aren't able to go to synagogue for the High Holidays this year, there are several ways you can help. Below is a list of our most needed items.  

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Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

With unemployment at 10.2% in Colorado and the supplemental unemployment insurance ending in July, JFS has received an increased number of requests for financial assistance for rent and utility payments. Andrew Rankin was struggling to make ends meet for his family after a variety of unfortunate circumstances culminated this summer. As he put it, “life has been consistently chaotic, full of ups and downs,” including putting an entrepreneurial endeavor on hold due to the pandemic and recovering from surgery.

 

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500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

For the fourth year in a row, 13-year old Hannah Kutnick organized her annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. Whether kids are learning at home or in-person, they will have the supplies they need because of Hannah’s kindness. She collected donations from friends and family via social media to purchase supplies and then gathered her friends and family--outside, masked, and at a safe distance--to load the backpacks.  

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Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Community is the bedrock of all forms of wellness. It is where we can lean into and lean on those who understand our circumstances, who alleviate our struggles, who share our common pain.  

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