JFS Perspectives

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

From the Interim CEO: Debra J. Zimmerman

It is my privilege to serve as interim president and CEO of Jewish Family Service as we initiate a search for the next leader of the organization. I want to assure our clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters that during this time of transition, we remain laser focused on our mission to enhance well-being to those in need in our community. We remain committed to serving the more than 22,000 vulnerable people in our community who are relying on our support this year.

Under the steadfast leadership of board chair Charlie Gwirtsman, a search committee has been formed, chaired by board member Laura Michaels. The committee is already at work selecting an executive recruitment firm to assist in the process and is working to establish the qualifications and qualities needed for our next president and CEO. It is our hope to complete the process in the fall, but the committee is committed to finding the best candidate for the agency, regardless of timeframe.

Exciting things are happening at JFS. We are getting ready to launch into our fifth season of Lunchbox Express that will feed more than 25,000 free lunches to hungry children in need this summer. Our growing refugee mental health program is serving an especially vulnerable population of refugees who have experienced severe trauma and are working to overcome those obstacles to achieve success in their new home.

We are deeply committed to serving older adults in our community with services that keep them connected and engaged while improving their quality of life. In partnership with the City and County of Denver, our Colorado Works program is fully operational and will help move hundreds of individuals receiving public benefits to self-sufficiency through sustainable employment.

We are launching our 2018 Annual Campaign for Impact that will ensure that JFS can continue meet community needs now and into the future. The campaign is in response to recent and anticipated cuts in government funding and Medicaid benefits, as well as changes in how we train and employ people with disabilities. We’ll be reaching out to you soon. I hope we can count on your support.

JFS is impacting thousands of lives each year through dozens of programs. It’s because of your support that this important work is possible. Thank you for your trust and belief in our mission.

Debra ZimmermanDebra J. Zimmerman
Interim president and CEO