CEO Michael Hopkins speaks at the 2013 Friends of the Family Thank You event.
Jewish Family Service - Making an Impact Volunteers, donors, and staff – All of us are integral to JFS doing lifesaving work. Every day, together, we make an impact.
Heart & Soul Gala 2013 Mitzvah Award Honorees Barbara Bry, Charitable Adult Rides & Services Inc., and Judy & Mike Feldman all do tremendous work that enable Jewish Family Service to serve the community. View this video that highlights their work with JFS programs Girls Give Back, On the Go, and Pachie’s Place, respectively.
CEO Michael Hopkins speaks at the 2012 Friends of the Family Thank You event.
Interviews with Big Pals and Little Pals and how the Jewish BIGPals program has impacted their lives. Thank you to Kristine Diekman, Austin Hill, Phil Levine, and Shayna Benavidez of Cal State University San Marcos for producing this video.
Give your home a safety makeover in a day! Learn helpful tips to insure that kids and older adults avoid accidents in the home. In the 24th minute, Melissa Dennison of Jewish Family Service's JFS Fix-It is featured.
Evelyn & Arthur – This On the Go video was originally created as a fundraising piece for Jewish Federation – National.
San Diego City Council voted unanimously in favor of a $20,000 grant to support On the Go's Northern San Diego Rides & Smiles program! Spearheaded by District 1 Council Member Sherri Lightner, this funding will help increase On the Go's services in the Carmel Valley and Del Mar areas. On the Go provides transportation for older adults to medical appointments, grocery shopping, personal outings, activities, group excursions, and more.
If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, contact us at (858) 637-3050 or email@example.com.
Sam, 75, started coming to the University City Older Adult Center (UCOAC)
five months ago. He suffers from Alzheimer’s and his wife needed a safe
place for him to be when she was not available to take care of him.Sam’s first visits to the Center were very positive and encouraging
to his wife. He was happy and she was able to enjoy her free time to
care for her own needs.
In the beginning, Sam was quiet, introverted, and shy. His speech
and ability to communicate with others had been affected as a result of
the disease. However, after just a few weeks, Stewart began to learn
how to communicate with others and develop new tools to become an active
participant at UCOAC. Playing Bingo is difficult for him, but a
volunteer is always at his side helping him and making sure he enjoys
the game. Exercising is also difficult for Sam, but with the right
encouragement and persistence, he is able to complete the one-hour chair
exercise class. At lunchtime, he is always chatting and enjoying the
conversation with his friends
But it’s after lunch when Sam really comes to life…when the
entertainment begins. The moment he hears the music play, his heart,
mind, and body react in such a rhythmic way and he is able to express
himself through dancing. Dancing has become his new passion—his reason
to live and come to the Center. Sam loves the UCOAC because he is
able to dance and bring joy to the rest of the group.
His wife said that before beginning the program, dancing had not been
a part of Sam’s life. Yet, as a result of participating in the
UCOAC, Sam has discovered a new way of expressing himself and
showing the world the love and passion he feels for life.
Frieda Rosenberg has been volunteering with the University City Older Adult Center since it opened in March 2000. For 13 years she has dutifully recorded attendance and collected dues. Not only does she give her time, but she is also a donor to the program. UCOAC held a lunch in her honor and bid her a bittersweet farewell as she moves up north to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Here is what Frieda had to say as she addressed the crowd of well-wishers:
“At the very beginning of this center, I came as a grieving widow. But, being a volunteer helped me go on with my life. I got more than I ever gave because I have so many friends here. They have been here during good times and bad. There is no price that can be put on my time here. I believe whole-heartedly in volunteering. It feeds my soul and makes me feel good about myself. If it were not for volunteers and generous supporters, I think country would fall apart. If you have the time and the health, I encourage you all to volunteer. I am so sorry to leave because I love this place. I ask you all to come every day we are open because JFS truly wants the best for you. It is the warmest and kindest place for seniors.”