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Jan 27 2022

KSON, KYXY, Sunny 98.1, ALT 94.9, 97.3 The Fan

With the Omicron variant raising new concerns about Covid-19, Jewish Family Service is offering free rides to local seniors who want to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots or the original vaccine – a service desperately needed since many local seniors are homebound and don’t have access to transportation. In this radio interview, Kristine Stensberg, Sr. Director of Nutrition and Aging Care, and Marilyn Greenblatt, Director of Transportation, discuss this service and other community impacts of On the Go.

Jan 25 2022

Voice of San Diego

In San Diego County, we know all too well the consequences of an under-funded child care system. Families pay upwards of $20,000 annually for infant care – more than double the annual tuition at San Diego State University. In this Op-Ed, Erin Hogeboom of San Diego For Every Child, discusses the importance of making an investment in children now.

Jan 18 2022

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jewish Family Service’s Safe Parking Program is relocating to the Encinitas Community & Senior Center during the week of January 25. Funded by state grant money, JFS’s homeless parking lot program seeks to help what organizers often describe as a community’s “invisible homeless population” — people who have recently become homeless and are living in their vehicles on a temporary basis. The goal is to provide them with a helping hand and keep them from spiraling downward into a permanent homeless state, organizers have said.

Dec 25 2021

Univision

Esta familia salió huyendo de Michoacán, México, donde su vida corría peligro. Inicialmente tenían planeado cruzar la frontera el 1 de diciembre, pero el nacimiento de la hija de Yunuen se adelantó; sin embargo, su cita para solicitar asilo fue reprogramada y ahora permanecerán en un albergue en Estados Unidos hasta que se cumpla la nueva fecha para acudir ante un juez a presentar su caso. Más noticias aquí.

Dec 24 2021

Times of San Diego

Jewish Family Service of San Diego announced it would begin offering free rides to local seniors who want to receive COVID- 19 vaccine booster shots or the original vaccine. Rides are provided through their On the Go transportation program. “With the CDC’s recent recommendation about booster shots for seniors, we want people to know that we stand at the ready to provide free rides for seniors who want a booster shot or still need the initial vaccine,” CEO Michael Hopkins said.

Dec 23 2021

Newsweek

In November, San Diego sector stood as the sixth busiest of the border’s nine regional crossing points. Almost 18,000 migrants were encountered here during the same month. Concerns over rising rates of COVID-19 in Baja California and the new threat of the Omicron variant have pushed shelters to take greater precautions to keep their clients and staff safe, Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services & Lead Immigration Attorney at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, told Newsweek.

Dec 23 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In this opinion piece by Dana Toppel, Chief Operating Officer, she stresses that this New Year must have a resolution of not returning to what wasn’t working, especially when we know a better way is possible.

Dec 22 2021

San Diego Jewish World

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is offering free rides to local seniors who want to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots – or the original vaccine – as part of the agency’s continued efforts to provide meaningful services to help San Diegans through pandemic challenges.

Dec 10 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

An immigrant from Albania, she now helps others settle in the U.S. Etleva Bejko, JFS’s Director of Refugee & Immigration Services, is profiled in this article in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Dec 8 2021

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

The controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy requires asylum seekers to stay across the border while their cases are processed. The Biden administration insists it wants to end the policy but a court order is forcing the Department of Homeland Security to restart it. Kate Clark, JFS Sr. Director of Immigration Services is interviewed.

Dec 4 2021

ABC 10 News San Diego, MSN, YAHOO

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. “This is unrestricted cash without work requirements which allows people to spend the money on whatever their families need,” Khea Pollard, Director of San Diego for Every Child says in this video interview.

Dec 3 2021

KPBS

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. “Social justice starts with economic equity,” said Khea Pollard, Director of San Diego for Every Child. “Our Guaranteed Income Project is designed to support families who were not only hit hardest by COVID-19, but who were struggling to make ends meet before.” Khea Pollard is also interviewed in this video clip.

Dec 3 2021

Times of San Diego

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. Senator Toni Atkins added, “This initiative is designed to lift up our region’s families and combat childhood poverty.”

Dec 3 2021

CBS 8

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. Senator Ben Hueso added, “Guaranteed income programs like San Diego for Every Child’s can dramatically improve families’ well-being and are an important step to help address some of the economic and social challenges we currently face in this country.” This video segment includes additional footage from the San Diego for Every Child press conference.

Dec 3 2021

ABC 10 News San Diego

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is one of dozens of mayors nationally who are in support of the concept. “It’s about providing support in a dignified way, and we believe that is cash”, Khea Pollard, Director of San Diego for Every Child

Dec 3 2021

Telemundo

San Diego for Every Child, una coalición sin fines de lucro ubicada bajo el Servicio de Familias Judías de San Diego, recibió el dinero como parte del presupuesto del estado y tiene la intención de seleccionar 150 familias viviendo en San Diego o National City para recibir pagos durante 24 meses.

Dec 3 2021

NBC 7 San Diego

San Diego for Every Child — a nonprofit coalition housed under Jewish Family Service of San Diego — intends to select 150 families disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to receive cash payments over the course of two years. Cash is a simple yet powerful way to do the most good for the most children.

Dec 3 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Biden administration will restart the “Remain in Mexico” program, which obligates asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases unfold, as soon as next Monday, according to an announcement Thursday from the federal government. Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services, details why “Remain in Mexico” is inhumane and should be terminated as soon as possible.

Nov 30 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“No strings attached is really straightforward: When folks get the money, they choose what they want to spend it on,” said Khea Pollard, director of San Diego for Every Child, the coalition spearheading the program.

San Diego for Every Child launched in January 2020 and aims to reduce child poverty by 50 percent over the next decade. The coalition, founded by Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-San Diego, and housed under the Jewish Family Service of San Diego, consists of youth advocates, community leaders and agencies such as the Center on Policy Initiatives, the YMCA Childcare Resource Services of San Diego County and the Parent Institute for Quality Education.

Nov 30 2021

CBS 8

CEO Michael Hopkins appeared on CBS morning news to discuss the impact of Jewish Family Service in the San Diego community.

Nov 29 2021

KQED

Waiting in Mexican border cities is not only dangerous, she says, but makes it almost impossible to find legal representation in the United States. Only 7% of MPP asylum seekers had a lawyer, contributing to less than 1% of migrants actually winning their asylum cases while enrolled in Remain in Mexico. By contrast, closer to a third of asylum seekers overall won their cases during the same period. Lawyers in San Diego say they’ve been told by federal officials that immigration judges have been designated and courtrooms have already been set aside.Kate Clark, the lead immigration attorney with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, says the resumption of a program they oppose leaves legal service providers in a difficult spot.

Nov 25 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jewish Family Service’s Giving Tuesday 2x match is featured. In addition, a spotlight is placed on volunteering including JFS volunteer Shelley Miller-Odelson, who is in her sixth year of volunteering in JFS food-distribution programs. She says, “And you realize after a while that you have to do this. You have to help people. What meaning is there in life if you can’t be good to other people?”

Oct 20 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The action is the latest in countywide efforts to increase emergency services for people living outdoors. Jewish Family Service of San Diego called in to the meeting to show support. The organization runs four Safe Parking lots for homeless people in San Diego and Encinitas.

Oct 11 2021

San Diego Jewish Journal

In this cover story, CEO Michael Hopkins discusses the importance of launching the Center for Jewish Care when so many Jewish people in our community need critical support as a result of the pandemic. “For the longest time, people thought we only served the Jewish community and then it seemed in most recent history that we only serve everyone else but the Jewish community. With the introduction of the Center for Jewish Care with its own direct contact information, own brand, and its own dedicated staff, it’s not one population or the other. We serve the whole community and we serve the Jewish community. The Center for Jewish Care is our way of clearly communicating the importance of serving the Jewish community and how it is foundational to our purpose.”

Oct 11 2021

NBC 7

NBC 7 Investigates dug through law enforcement records to find out if there’s a connection between Safe Parking Program locations and crime. The facts do not reflect the exaggerated claims of critics.
At the current location in Encinitas on Saxony Road, deputies have responded three times over the past 18 months. One of those was for a noise complaint, and the two others were requests for extra patrols. At the other three locations run by Jewish Family Service, there were a total of 39 calls to police over the past two years, but only three of those ended with officers taking some kind of action.

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