Moving Forward Together


Dec 31 2020

San Diego Jewish Journal

The Jewish Family Service legal team has stood by Dreamers since the inception of DACA and has helped more than 700 individuals with applications and renewals. Read more about our commitment on page 40 in the digital version.

Dec 5 2020

New York Times

Maria Fernanda Madrigal Delgado, a JFS DACA client, is featured in this article about the recent judge’s orders to the Trump administration to reinstate protections for young immigrants brought to the country as children. While the decision was favorable news, their status remains precarious.

Dec 1 2020

NBC 7 San Diego

Carole Yellen, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, is interviewed in this segment filmed at our Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus.

Nov 30 2020


Kate Clark, Sr. Director of Immigration Service, is interviewed in this article looking to the future of immigration and what to expect under a Biden Administration.

Nov 23 2020

Southern Poverty Law Center

An update on the lawsuit that is targeting the Remain in Mexico policy. Jewish Family Service is an organizational plaintiff in the case.

Nov 18 2020

ABC 10 News

Blessing boxes are available at Super Pantry locations throughout the city including Jewish Family Service.

Nov 17 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jewish Family Service’s free program on fundamental skills, better communication makes a difference.

Nov 17 2020


Volunteers are the heart of JFS. Our Volunteer Driver opportunity for PROJECT-19 meal delivery is featured in this article about holiday volunteer opportunities.

Nov 16 2020

Voice of San Diego

One asylum-seeker stuck indefinitely in Mexico as a result of coronavirus-related closures and restrictions said it will take “a miracle” for him to survive in his current circumstances until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Luis Gonzalez, JFS Supervising Immigration Attorney, is interviewed.

Nov 16 2020

San Diego Magazine, Times of San Diego, Oside News

“Having access to a reliable personal vehicle at a low interest rate can be a game changer,” says CEO Michael Hopkins. “Where most lenders see a risk, we see a family.”

Nov 9 2020

Fox 5 San Diego

Earlier this week Jewish Family Service was proud to recommend long-time College Avenue Center participant John Kernowski for a Fox 5 San Diego Neighborhood All-Star feature. To help John celebrate his 104th birthday, the JFS team delivered him a cake with his Foodmobile delivery and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him with many of his Center friends on Zoom.

Nov 9 2020

Fox News

Leah Chavarria, Director of Immigration Services at JFS, speaks to the actions President-elect Biden can take on day one to change the “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers.

Nov 4 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Chris Olsen, our new Director of Public Policy and External Affairs, optimistically discusses San Diego in 2021 and plans to address homelessness in San Diego moving forward.

Oct 28 2020
Since January 2019, the government has trapped over 60,000 individuals seeking asylum in life-threatening conditions in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP” or
Oct 28 2020


JFS and other immigration advocates have filed a new lawsuit, which aims to end the controversial “Remain in Mexico” program.

Oct 28 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JFS along with other legal representatives for asylum seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico for U.S. hearings are suing the federal government over the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols.

Oct 22 2020

NBC 7 San Diego

JFS food distribution programs are mentioned in this story about a virtual workshop by Founders First CDC that has the goal of helping Black small business owners succeed.

Oct 19 2020

Voice of San Diego

This is how dire things have gotten: Being enrolled in the so-called Remain in Mexico program is no longer the worst-case scenario for asylum-seekers. Luis Gonzalez, Jewish Family Service supervising attorney, is interviewed about what asylum-seekers are experiencing in Mexico from security concerns to the pandemic.

Oct 17 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

This front-page story features a story about the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which may be determined by who wins the presidency in November. Leah Chavarria, Jewish Family Service’s Director of Immigration Services, is interviewed. Our team of lawyers are currently representing 80 families in hopes of having their children being included in the DACA program. Most of the family’s applications have not been accepted. “Parents just want their children to be safe” Chavarria saysin the article.

Oct 16 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Our Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) team is offering workshops on college campuses to help DACA recipients and offer other resources.

Sep 21 2020

CBS 8 News

JFS Director of Parenting and Youth Services, Autumn Weidman, joined Morning Extra Monday to discuss our Positive Parenting Program that helps parents and caregivers of all ages. Register at

Sep 19 2020

YouTube: Sandy Scheller

Sandra Schller of the Chula Vista Heritage Museum interviews Harry Rosen, a longtime member of our College Avenue Center. During Covid-19, he has relied on receiving frozen meals. In this interview, his optimism comes across as he talks about his family’s experience during the Holocaust and his life now. At the 37:08 time stamp, he talks about JFS.

Sep 4 2020

The New York Times

The economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic has more Americans turning to food banks and charity for help feeding their family. “I want people to understand, the face of the needy is different now,” said Ms. Cazimero, who depends on the drive-thru distribution at Jewish Family Service as part of her daily routine to feed her family.

Aug 13 2020

YouTube: Sandy Scheller

Hedy Dalin, JFS Director of Care Management, was interviewed by Sandra Scheller, museum curator of the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, which is currently featuring an exhibit, Project Ruth, which focuses on Holocaust Survivors.

Aug 12 2020

Voice of San Diego

The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on Latinos has exposed chronic disparities in health, housing and income throughout the county.

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