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UCSD – The Department of Urban Studies and Planning Evaluation of Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Safe Parking Program

January 2022

In 2019, researchers from UC San Diego’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning began a three-year evaluation of our Safe Parking Program to answer our biggest question: Is the SPP model effective in stopping the downward spiral of homelessness? The report on the first two years of research explains more about our Safe Parking Program model and what we can do to help even more of our unsheltered neighbors get back into stable housing.


Blueprint for Impact: JFS Strategic Plan 2020 and Moving Forward

JFS’s new Blueprint for Impact will guide our organization through the next few years as we adapt and evolve to make a more profound impact in our community.


Press Releases

Oct 20 2022

In a letter to Commissioner Magnus, The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, ACLU of Texas, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy (CILP) at the UCLA School of Law, along with 83 advocacy organizations and 51 medical professionals, urge CBP to uphold the reproductive rights of migrants and not detain pregnant, postpartum, and nursing people, as well as infants, past time strictly necessary.
“All people deserve safe and adequate reproductive health care that upholds their dignity and autonomy, including those seeking their legal right to asylum in the U.S.” – Kate Clark, Esq., JFS Senior Director of Immigration Services.

Sep 20 2022

The San Diego City Council confirmed today the appointments of Jewish Family Service San Diego (JFS) Chief Operating Officer Dana Toppel and Board of Directors Member Susan Davis to the City’s newly revived Commission on the Status of Women. Former U.S. Congresswoman Davis has been appointed as the Commission’s Chair. Mayor Todd Gloria announced Toppel and Davis’s appointments on August 26, 2022, in honor of Women’s Equality Day. Both members of JFS leadership have extensive backgrounds working within the community to advance women’s equality in the workplace and beyond.

Sep 13 2022

Rabbi Freeman brings over 30 years of experience working in a variety of settings from synagogues to hospitals. She has focused on healing and the use of spiritual care as a modality to help individuals find peace with life’s most difficult situations. She often embraces tools and adaptions from the field of integrative medicine including dance yoga and mindfulness to open pathways to healing. Rabbi Freeman joins JFS after most recently serving as a chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Educator for Sharp Healthcare in San Diego.
“As an agency guided by Jewish values, having a rabbinic resource on our team, and specifically within the Center for Jewish Care, will be valuable to our staff, volunteers and board as we explore the work we do through our uniquely Jewish lens,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “We are resolved to lift our values in our advocacy work, meet the pastoral needs of individuals served by the Center for Jewish Care and amplify our sacred teachings with a contemporary perspective within our team.”

Aug 31 2022

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety, visited the San Diego border region, and joined local NGOs and advocacy organizations to discuss their critical work to protect and welcome asylum seekers and how the federal government can support their efforts. Padilla also highlighted his commitment to protecting the right to asylum and his advocacy to create more legal pathways for migrants to safely arrive and be welcomed into the United States. As part of his visit he toured the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) Migrant Shelter Services operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

In the News

Oct 2 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The goal of guaranteed income programs is bolstering poor families by giving them money to use at their discretion, whether on food, rent or medical expenses — or possibly child care that will allow a parent to either begin working full-time or take a higher-paying job. The money can also help cover living expenses while someone completes higher education or professional training, such as a two-year nursing degree or a real estate license. “There’s a lot happening, and it seems like there’s more to come,” said Chris Olsen, chief of staff at Jewish Family Service, which has a hand in all three local programs.

Sep 19 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Eleven women will serve on the city of San Diego’s newly revived Commission on the Status of Women, a panel focused on helping women overcome inequities and barriers to success. Two panel members have a Jewish Family Service of San Diego connection. U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, a Kensington resident, served in the U.S. Congress from 2003 to 2021 and the state Assembly from 1994 to 2000 and is currently a member of the Jewish Family Service Board of Directors. Dana Toppel is Jewish Family Service’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and serves on the California Commission on Aging.

Sep 13 2022

ABC 10 News San Diego

The City of San Diego is hoping to ease the burden of homeless individuals living in their cars. The safe parking lot in Mission Valley operated by Jewish Family Service is now open 24 hours.

“It’s a godsend,” says resident Thomas Cummings. “If it wasn’t for this program, I don’t know where we’d be. The city council approved the expansion of the safe parking program. It is expected to run until at least June 2023.

Sep 13 2022


Homelessness continues to be a growing issue in San Diego following the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Gloria’s efforts to combat the problem have included the designation of large parking lots across San Diego for those living in their cars to park overnight. Today, the Jewish Family Service lot in Mission Valley extended their hours to be open 24/7.