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May 21 2020

The Coast News

After reading over 100 testimonials and comments, the Encinitas City Council voted to reauthorize the extension of the Jewish Family Service’ss Safe Parking Program for its full 16-month lease during its May 20 meeting.

May 18 2020

Border Report

Jewish Family Service, an agency in San Diego with a long history of helping immigrants, was chosen as one of 12 agencies to distribute funds as part of the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), as promised by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service de San Diego (JFS) está operando el proyecto de Asistencia de Desastre para Inmigrantes (DRAI por sus siglas en Ingles) del Estado de California para los Condados de San Diego e Imperial. El Proyecto DRAI es una ayuda financiera del estado para inmigrantes adultos indocumentados afectados por COVID-19. Es una ayuda de una sola instancia como asistencia por desastre.  Un adulto indocumentado que califica puede recibir $ 500 en asistencia directa, con un máximo de $ 1000 en asistencia por hogar.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is operating the State of California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project for San Diego and Imperial Counties. The DRAI Project is one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

May 17 2020

PATCH – Cal Matters

Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the $75 million in state funding runs out.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Unauthorized immigrants in San Diego County impacted by COVID-19 eligible to receive a one-time relief payment from state, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced Friday.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“These are folks who work,” Fletcher said in announcing the launch of the San Diego Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrant Program. “Many of them are essential workers. They pay taxes and they work in our vital core sectors of many of our essential businesses.” It will be operated in San Diego County by Jewish Family Service beginning Monday. Applicants can call Jewish Family Service at (858) 206-8281.

May 11 2020


With Team Rubicon’s volunteer support, Jewish Family Service has more than quadrupled the number of home delivered meals for isolated seniors.

May 8 2020

Oside News

Our sixth Community Conversation, this virtual discussion will bring together mental health experts from the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities to discuss common mental health issues, identify the social barriers that prevent API individuals from seeking help, and offer tips on coping during the increased stress and uncertainty of our current public health crisis.

May 5 2020

NBC 7, Del Mar Times

A longtime partner of JFS, Jimbo’s donated all the proceeds from their 10-cent plastic bag fee during the COVID-19 outbreak to our Hand Up Food Pantry.

May 4 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In our second Op-Ed, CEO Michael Hopkins and Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL, discuss how our community has changed in the one year since the attack at Chabad of Poway that killed Lori Gilbert Kaye.

Apr 30 2020

The Wall Street Journal

Otay Mesa in California has more than 100 migrants who have tested positive for Covid-19. JFS represents several of them.

Apr 27 2020

Times of San Diego

Michael Hopkins, CEO and Tammy Gillies, Regional Director of ADL co-author this op-ed on the one-year anniversary of the horrific attack in Poway that killed Lori Kaye z”l.

Apr 10 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox 5 San Diego, Border Report, KUSI, Times of San Diego, KRQE, My High Plains, Texomas, UrduPoint, The Pakistan Post, My News LA

The ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) and Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) calling for an immediate investigation of the U.S. Border Patrol’s mistreatment of a 27-year-old Guatemalan woman who gave birth at the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station earlier this year.

Apr 8 2020

BuzzFeed News

The ACLU and JFS filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on Wednesday, asking it to investigate the incident and other mistreatment of pregnant immigrants.

Apr 6 2020


CEO Michael Hopkins highlights our increased Foodmobile deliveries to older adults, food distribution drive-thru service, and expanded On The Go rides for caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 1 2020


CEO Michael Hopkins is interviewed on Good Morning San Diego about our increased services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 31 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

CEO Michael Hopkins talks about the increased need for services during the COVID-19 crisis and how JFS has stepped up to provide expanded food distributions, home-delivered meals, transportation, and other vital community programs.

Mar 27 2020

Oside News, East County Magazine, ZCode Magazines

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to impact the San Diego community, we have ramped up our most vital services to help people in critical need during these challenging times.

Mar 27 2020

The Coast News Group

Encinitas supporters of the Safe Parking Program operated by Jewish Family Service are speaking out in the wake of a lawsuit filed against the city.

Mar 26 2020

Facebook Live

During a Facebook Live update on March 25, 2020, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher gave a shoutout to Jewish Family Service for our community work during the Coronavirus health crisis. Fast forward to the 6:50 minute mark to hear.

Mar 26 2020

Voice of San Diego

When older adults in an East Village housing complex failed to receive food distributions and home-delivered meals, JFS stepped up to fill in the gaps. As the impact of the coronavirus grows in the San Diego community, it’s more important than ever to ensure our older neighbors have consistent access to nutritious meals so they can safely stay in the comfort of their home.

Mar 22 2020

Times of San Diego

CEO Michael Hopkins discusses the increased need for JFS services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the modified services we’re providing on campus, and how JFS staff are working remotely to continue serving our community.

Mar 22 2020

AP News

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to shut down immigration courts, thousands of asylum-seekers are unable to find attorneys to represent them in court. JFS is one of two organizations in Southern California providing pro bono legal representation, and our Director of Immigration Services, Kate Clark, explains the difficulty of representing these cases, especially with new restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mar 19 2020


This round-up of local nonprofits highlights our Foodmobile, drive-thru service for pre-bagged food items, and Emergency Assistance Fund established to help San Diegans in critical need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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