JFS Perspectives

Partner Spotlight: JEWISHcolorado

Friday, September 04, 2020
Partner Spotlight: JEWISHcolorado

JEWISHcolorado has been a generous partner of JFS for many years, and currently supports the chaplaincy program and the operation of the Kosher Meals program. Through their COVID-19 Community Response Fund, they have provided $147,500 in vital funding for the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry and emergency financial assistance for the Jewish community to prevent homelessness across Colorado. JFS has also received $80,000 from extremely generous JEWISHcolorado Donor Advised Fund holders to support our COVID-19 relief efforts. The services we have provided during the pandemic would not be possible without their incredible support.  

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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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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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You Can Count on JFS

Monday, April 27, 2020

Heather Seiden, JFS employment program coordinator, doesn’t often hear from her clients after they have received services or gotten the jobs they wanted. She was recently surprised with a heartfelt email two years after she last worked with “Sarah.” Heather says, “This was a lovely reminder that the work we all do makes a difference.”  

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A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
A Strong Corporate Partner for Three Decades

Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC (Otten Johnson) has supported JFS since its founding 34 years ago. For this local law firm, which primarily specializes in real estate and land use matters, philanthropy doesn’t just mean writing a big check. Instead, they ask their employees which nonprofit organizations they are passionate about, which then connects the firm to meaningful ways to get involved in the community. 

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Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Monday, October 15, 2018
Girls Friendship Group Helps Prevent Bullying

Did you know that JFS provides free mental health services to students and their families in schools? KidSuccess is a program that puts trained therapists work in 11 Denver public schools and one private school. One of the many issues our therapists address is bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to highlight how KidSuccess therapist Dana Polley successfully helped a group of fifth-grade girls. 

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Next-Generation Volunteers Are Making a Difference

Monday, August 20, 2018
Next-Generation Volunteers Are Making a Difference

If this summer’s JFS youth volunteers are any indication of the next generation’s leaders, the future looks bright! Nearly 40 kids, ages 10 to 18, served JFS this summer by distributing lunches and school supplies through Lunchbox Express, sorting food and supplies in the Weinberg Food Pantry, and completing meaningful mitzvah projects.  

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Gloria Fobb: Working for a Living

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gloria FobbGloria Fobb, 47, has a simple dream. She wants to get a job and earn a living—on her own. Thanks to support from SHALOM Denver’s Supported Employment program, Gloria’s dream just became a reality. She was hired as a laundry attendant at a large Denver hotel and she couldn’t be happier.  

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DuLaine Carmichael: Reengaged and Active at 71

Monday, May 14, 2018

DuLaine Carmichael has lived in the Edgewater Plaza Apartments for the past seven years. The building offers HUD-assisted housing for seniors, many of whom participate JFS’s Colorado Senior Connections program. DuLaine has always been an active participant in the many programs offered and built many meaningful relationships with other residents and the JFS staff.  

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JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Thursday, May 03, 2018
JFS: Serving People of All Faiths, Races, Ages, Incomes, and Abilities

Dawn CollinsDawn Collins
Senior Solutions
   

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