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Jewish Family Service

 

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) is one of the leading human service organizations in Denver. We believe in strengthening the Denver community by providing vital social services to people in need. Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human service agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS serves people of all faiths, ages, incomes, races, and abilities. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other people with barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis.


 

Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Geraldine Hardy: Helping a Neighbor in Need

Geraldine Hardy, 67, has been through some tough times. Thirteen years ago, she was physically abused in her home and finally left—with nothing but her car. With nowhere to go and no money, she was soon living on the street. For seven years, Geraldine lived in cheap motels and in her car. “It was a rough time,” she laments. “It’s scary when someone knocks on your car window and you don’t know who they are.” 

From the CEO: On Literacy and Learning

Thursday, August 17, 2017
From the CEO: On Literacy and Learning

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller  

Denver Post: Lunchbox Express hands out books and backpacks as well as meals to Denver children

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Denver Post: Lunchbox Express hands out books and backpacks as well as meals to Denver children

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express program was featured in The Denver Post on August 15, 2017 as we distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Denver and Lakewood:  

Lakewood Sentinel: Kids get free backpacks from JFS

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Lakewood Sentinel: Kids get free backpacks from JFS

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express program was featured in the Lakewood Sentinel on August 15, 2017 as we distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to children in Lakewood:  

JFS Sends 300 Kids Back to School with Tools to Succeed

Friday, August 11, 2017
JFS Sends 300 Kids Back to School with Tools to Succeed

Once again we are so grateful for how our community came together this summer to donate money, backpacks, and school supplies. Because of your generosity, we distributed 300 backpacks filled with school supplies to low-income children throughout the Denver metro area this week, a substantial increase over last year! Because of increased donations, we were able to give backpacks out at all of the Lunchbox Express routes.  

CBS4 Denver: Lunchbox Express Puts the Brakes on Hunger

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
CBS4 Denver: Lunchbox Express Puts the Brakes on Hunger

Jewish Family Service's Lunchbox Express program was featured on CBS4 Denver on August 7, 2017 as we distributed backpacks filled with school supplies: 

A Grateful Reflection on My Summer Internship at Jewish Family Service

Thursday, July 27, 2017
A Grateful Reflection on My Summer Internship at Jewish Family Service

Celebrate JFS tastingDespite all I’d heard about what interns do, I didn’t go on any coffee runs during my time as a Jewish Family Service (JFS) intern. Instead, I went on photoshoots and learned how to capture the excitement between Colorado Senior Connections members passionately discussing the program over lattés. I happily accompanied coworkers to catering tastings for our Celebrate JFS event rather than ever being asked to go pick up everyone’s lunch. I never was directed to monotonously organize files for the office, but I did spend a rewarding afternoon organizing fruits and vegetables at the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry with volunteers to help feed the Denver community.  

Seniors Matter: Senior Social Isolation - The Growing Concern

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Seniors Matter: Senior Social Isolation - The Growing Concern

Do you know of a socially isolated senior? JFS Senior Solutions wants you to strengthen our community by reaching out to seniors in need. Loneliness and social isolation hinder the lives of older adults in our community every day. Loneliness is a subjective feeling of being alone that we may feel from time to time. In contrast, social isolation is the objective lack or absence of social contact. Considering the U.S.’s older adult population will continue to expand until its estimated peak of 81.1 million older adults in 2036, senior social isolation (SSI) is a growing concern.
 

Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Friday, July 14, 2017
Boulder JFS Presents Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host its fifth annual fundraiser, “Reel Hope Boulder” on Saturday, October 14 at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening with award-winning writer, comedian, songwriter, and actor Bruce Vilanch. Ron Bostwick, a freelance event producer and announcer, will interview Vilanch to showcase a “behind-the-screen” account of Bruce’s storied decades-long career. Bostwick has interviewed numerous celebrities at the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as featured speakers at three Reel Hope Boulder events. 

Volunteer Brings Love of Reading to Group Home Residents

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Volunteer Brings Love of Reading to Group Home Residents

Longtime volunteer Evan Silverman was looking for a new way to get involved with JFS last year. He came up with a creative program that pairs his love of reading and desire to connect with people with disabilities. In this blog post, Evan tells us how the JFS Group Home Reading Club was born! The JFS Group Home offers a warm, caring residential environment and skilled supervision for adult residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.