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We believe that with hard work and the right connections – to knowledge, resources, and supportive relationships – anyone can change their life.

Volunteers help unhoused families and their children create a neighborhood of support

Zora Murry has shared a camper with her mother and two younger siblings at the safe parking lot for the past couple of months. It is 1 of 6 safe parking lots run by JFS. Four of them, including Rose Canyon, are funded by the City of San Diego, which is partnered with JFS.

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego Announces the July 2025 Retirement of CEO Michael Hopkins, Names New CEO

The JFS Board of Directors announced at the Annual Meeting that current CEO Michael Hopkins, who has been at the helm for 13 years, will retire at the end of June 2025. The Board has selected Dana Toppel, currently JFS COO, to become the new CEO.

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JFS recognizes the anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and applauds President Biden’s executive order as a significant step to help keep families together and provide stability for many immigrant families who contribute to our local community.

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What would you do with an extra $500 a month?

150 San Diego families got a chance to find out in Jewish Family Service’s San Diego For Every Child Guaranteed Income pilot program. Featured on the front page of The Union-Tribune’s Sunday edition, this in-depth report follows Saundra, a single mom of three boys, working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

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Moving Forward Together

We believe that when everyone has a chance to reach their full potential, our whole community is stronger.

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A Shared Purpose

Every day, we meet people with a deep desire to get back on their feet and move forward. But struggling to make ends meet day-to-day means there’s less time and energy to focus on well-being or think about planning for the long-term.

Our Call to Action

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The JFS Approach

Moving Forward means something different to everyone. It’s our job to learn what it means to each individual and family, and to empower them with the tools and connections to take the next steps.

How We Help

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Measuring Our Impact

Person by person, family by family, we are building a better future for our community. Every step of the way, we are committed to measuring our impact and strengthening our approach.

How We Measure 

Ways to Give

Our supporters are people with passion – for serving others and strengthening our community. We’re committed to helping you bring that passion to life.

Support was provided by the URO Charitable Trust Limited.

Support was provided by the URO Charitable Lead Trust Limited, administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, for the benefit of needy Jewish Nazi Victims.

Social services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.