JFS Perspectives

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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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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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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Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

While our physical locations are closed and programs have been canceled, we are serving more people than ever during this pandemic. Thank you to our incredible staff who is working tirelessly and in creative ways to serve the community through a variety of services. Below are a few highlights of our COVID-19 response: 

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Client Spotlight: Jewish Family Service in a Class by Itself

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Client Spotlight: Jewish Family Service in a Class by Itself

We pride ourselves on providing professionally delivered integrated services that empower individuals to overcome difficult challenges. We love to hear from clients who have been impacted by the care they have received. One of those clients is John, who shares his experience and gratitude.  

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Community Members Provided Holiday Gifts for More than 500 Individuals in Need

Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Community Members Provided Holiday Gifts for More than 500 Individuals in Need

Thank you to the many generous individuals, organizations, and corporations that made the holiday season special for hundreds of JFS clients. Donors provided gifts to our Bright Holidays program in several ways:  

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Year-End Reflections from Family Safety Net Director

Friday, December 20, 2019
Year-End Reflections from Family Safety Net Director

As our busiest season of the year comes to an end, I am humbly reminded why we do this work. The holiday season is a challenging time for staff and clients because emotions are high, we have lots of financial and relationship stressors, and there is always more to do than we have time for. As staff, we remind one another that it’s the holidays and that things will settle down in January. During the Jewish High Holy Days in September and October, we organize food drives at synagogues throughout Denver and the surrounding smaller cities. We collect literally tons of food for our food pantry and for our Thanksgiving program.  

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Trader Joe’s Partners with JFS to Fight Hunger

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Everyone loves Trader Joe’s, but those who visit the Weinberg Food Pantry with any regularity have a special affinity for the popular grocery retailer. Trader Joe’s Greenwood Village store is one of the largest in-kind donors to the pantry, supplying fresh produce, prepared foods, dairy products, bread, and even fresh flowers on a regular basis. Last year, Trader Joe’s donated 84,000 pounds of food, enough to make 65,000 meals. 

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