Moving Forward Together


Jan 25 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Local Jewish community launches rallying cry to remember the Holocaust and aid elderly survivors suffering in silence. We are proud to be working with the Jewish Federation of San Diego to meet the needs of Survivors. Learn more at

Jan 23 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune

Proponents included people who work for community nonprofits, volunteers for area church programs that assist the needy, and several people who said they were currently homeless. MiraCosta College and the Encinitas Union School District also have endorsed the proposal.

Jan 23 2020

ABC 10

After more than four hours of public comment, the Encinitas City Council approved a resolution to create a safe parking lot for homeless people living in their cars. The parking lot will be run by Jewish Family Service (JFS), which currently operates three other safe parking lots in San Diego.

Jan 22 2020

Oside News

Avodah, a national antipoverty organization dedicated to strengthening the Jewish community’s impact on the most pressing justice issues of our time, will launch its fifth Jewish Service Corps location this summer in San Diego.

Jan 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Music therapy provides instant respite for over-exhausted caregivers. As one caregiver who depends on our Music & Memory program states, “There is nothing else that I can do or give her at that moment that would make her smile.”

Jan 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Telma Chavarria took her granddaughter to immigration court while her daughter, the child’s mother, stayed behind in Tijuana working two jobs to support the family while they waited for their asylum case to proceed. Once Chavarria was released she went to JFS Migrant Family Shelter and later received assistance from Vanessa Dojaquez-Torres, an immigration advocate and accredited representative working with Jewish Family Service as a HIAS border fellow.

Jan 21 2020

Times of San Diego

JFS is proud to partner with Avodah, a national anti-poverty service organization, as they open a new branch here in San Diego. CEO Michael Hopkins says, “We are excited for Avodah to bring and develop future leaders in San Diego where they will amplify and enhance the critical work JFS and our partners are undertaking every day.”

Jan 17 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Fox 5, Oside News, Times of San Diego

San Diego For Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty aims to reduce child poverty in the San Diego region by 50% over the next ten years. As part of the leadership team, JFS is proud to support this bold new initiative that mobilizes experts from across the community to create effective, sustainable change.

Jan 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

As part of our dedication to serving the San Diego immigrant community, JFS provides Citizenship Class training to educators across the County. Two instructors at the Ramona Library who participated in our training are now hosting a 10-week class to help local immigrants prepare for the citizenship test.

Jan 13 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

For the next two and a half years, the JFS Migrant Family Shelter has a new home at a State-owned building in Linda Vista. Now in its seventh location, the shelter will continue to provide vital humanitarian support, travel assistance, medical screenings, and legal counsel for asylum-seeking families as they search for a better life. Kate Morrissey of the San Diego Union-Tribune takes a first look at the new location.

Dec 19 2019

The Daily Titan

Jewish Family Service is one of four organizations providing free services on 22 CSU campuses. Services range from help in submitting DACA applications to free and full legal representation.

Dec 18 2019

Unicef USA

Very few legal service providers are sending attorneys to Tijuana to represent those who have been enrolled in MPP. Those that do, such as Jewish Family Service of San Diego, lack the capacity to represent all those in need.

Dec 10 2019

Del Mar Times

Liz Nederlander Coden and Daniel Coden chair Dear Evan Hansen fundraiser on January 11.

Dec 9 2019

SD Voyager

As an outreach coordinator for our Breaking Down Barriers program, Spshelle works to reduce mental health stigma and provide vital resources to underserved communities. With a military background, a Master’s in public health, and past experience working on international public health committees, she’s an incredible addition to the JFS team.

Dec 3 2019

Times of San Diego

Our Higher Education Legal Services program is expanding to eight new San Diego campuses in 2020, providing free immigration legal assistance to students, faculty, and staff.

Dec 3 2019


Watch Sasha Escue, our Director of Nutrition Services, highlight the JFS Foodmobile on Giving Tuesday. Thanks to our incredible supporters, we raised over $100,000 to provide isolated older adults with hot, home-delivered meals.

Nov 30 2019

The New York Times

Ali Awow fled civil war at home and spent a year in a refugee camp in Kenya before making his way to Southern California. Now he is running a custom clothing shop. JFS was the refugee resettlement agency that helped him come to San Diego.

Nov 27 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

An AARP survey in 2018 found that 76 percent of adults over 50 would prefer to stay in their current home for as long as possible. The survey also found that only 46 percent of people thought they’d be able to do so.
Melissa Dennison, JFS Fix-It Coordinator, explains that safety concerns are some of the main hindrances to older adults aging in place.

Nov 23 2019

San Diego Jewish World

Attorney Kate Clark, who serves as the senior director of immigration services for Jewish Family Service, told a congressional panel on Friday that officials of the Department of Homeland Security at the southern border routinely ignore DHS’s own regulations concerning the protection of unaccompanied minors and individuals with significant medical issues.

Nov 23 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs heard from attorneys, migrant advocates and others about humanitarian issues along our southern border. Kate Clark, JFS Senior Director of Immigration Affairs, gave evidence to the failings and abuses of MPP, otherwise known as Remain In Mexico.

Nov 21 2019


CEO Michael Hopkins discusses in-studio the Safe Parking Lot recently approved by the Encinitas City Council.

Nov 21 2019


In this article and video, CEO Michael Hopkins discusses stopping the cycle of chronic homeless.

Nov 21 2019

The Sun – Southwestern College

College students are a growing population that use the Safe Parking Program.

Nov 21 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Jewish World

Coverage of the Encinitas City Council vote on approving a Safe Parking Program location on land owned by the Leichtag Foundation.

Nov 20 2019


CEO Michael Hopkins answers questions leading up to the Encinitas City Council presentation.

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