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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.


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.


Press Releases

Feb 22 2024

SDRRN Migrant Shelter Services’ resources and infrastructure are currently stretched to capacity. We cannot provide respite shelter and services to all the people seeking asylum that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is releasing. The shelter will continue receiving up to 300 of the most vulnerable asylum seekers released by DHS daily, including people with medical conditions, families, pregnant people, LGBTQI people, older adults, etc., as space allows.

Feb 5 2024

The County of San Diego and Jewish Family Service of San Diego have announced the successful completion of the Recovery Action Fund for Tomorrow (RAFT) grant program – assisting 2,242 low-income families and seniors and distributing $8,968,000 in cash to those in need in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Feb 5 2024

JFS’s economic mobility and opportunity team leads innovative projects designed to alleviate the major stumbling blocks that underserved San Diego County families face, such as housing unaffordability, soaring health care costs and labor wage inequity. The programs provide vital financial investments in families with guaranteed income initiatives and targeted community-driven programming.

Dec 21 2023

JFS, in response to input from the community, is adopting new nutrition wraparound services in 2024 designed to help people move forward in all areas of their lives. A new coaching program will be coming soon to the Corner Market and JFS’s home-delivered meals and congregate dining sites continue for those who need them most, along with emergency food distributions.

In the News

Apr 5 2024

San Diego Jewish World

This Passover, Jewish Family Service of San Diego is collecting food donations for San Diegans experiencing food insecurity. “Hunger is a major challenge facing many San Diegans. As many as 33% of our neighbors do not have enough food to last this month,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “San Diegans healthy food donations will help us stock the shelves of our pantry and assist our neighbors in need.”

Apr 4 2024


El Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center (BAOAC) de Jewish Family Service se dedica a un ambiente acogedor para personas con Alzheimer. Conozca a Aviva Saad, la coordinadora del programa BAOAC, y vea cómo es un día típico en BAOAC.

Apr 3 2024

San Diego Jewish World

A select group of local community members, including Federation Board members, organizational partners, and major donors, participated in the Jewish Federation of San Diego’s second Solidarity Mission to Israel. Carole Yellen, Senior Director of the Center for Jewish Care at Jewish Family Service, shares her reflections on this life-changing trip.

Mar 8 2024

San Diego Jewish World

San Diego had the privilege of hosting 130 courageous teens from Sha’ar HaNegev along with 20 staff members, providing them all with much-needed respite and a home away from home. From the moment they arrived, our community’s open arms created an atmosphere of joy, love, and connection. Jewish Family Service and countless others have been pillars of this support, showcasing the best of what we can achieve together.