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Jun 18 2024

San Diego Jewish World

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service, I am writing to share the bittersweet news that after 13 years at the helm of JFS, Michael Hopkins will be retiring a year from now, on June 30, 2025. Over the last several months, the Board has been fully engaged and working diligently to design a seamless transition, while we prepare to announce the Board’s selection of our next CEO at the end of this month.

Jun 14 2024

ABC 7

While thousands of people seeking asylum in the U.S. wait in shelters in Mexico, hundreds who have already been granted the opportunity to begin that process through the CBP One app have found a safe landing place at the San Diego Rapid Response Network migrant shelter operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Read the story of one family who escaped political persecution and found safety at the SDRRN migrant shelter.

Jun 12 2024

San Diego Jewish World

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has named Tanya Hackel as the organization’s new chief advancement officer. In her new role, Hackel works closely with JFS’s development, marketing, and volunteer engagement departments to enhance relationships with supporters, stakeholders, and the community in support of JFS’ vision and mission.

Jun 9 2024

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Featured on the front page of The Union-Tribune’s Sunday edition, this in-depth report follows Saundra, a single mom of three boys, working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet.

Jun 8 2024

The San Diego Union-Tribune

As San Diego remains the top spot for border crossings and struggles with limited shelter space for asylum seekers, many individuals find themselves on the streets, ultimately becoming part of the city’s homeless system. “Providing respite shelter actually prevents individuals from being on the streets,” said Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services at Jewish Family Service. “We are unfortunately caught between two broken systems: the immigration system and the homeless system.”

May 31 2024

KUSI

Hear from Sunni Robertson, Director of Volunteer Engagement, in an interview with Roy Robertson, about how members of the community can provide safe and reliable transportation for older adults through Jewish Family Service’s On the Go program. By volunteering, you help ensure they remain active, healthy, and connected to the places and people they love. Volunteers offer one-way rides, taking seniors to doctor’s appointments or occasionally to visit friends.

May 21 2024

KPBS

Zora Murry has shared a camper with her mother and two younger siblings at the safe parking lot for the past couple of months. It is 1 of 6 safe parking lots run by the San Diego Jewish Family Service (JFS). Four of them, including Rose Canyon, are funded by the City of San Diego, which is partnered with JFS. “As of right now, I’m homeless. But being homeless doesn’t stop me,” Murry said.

May 9 2024

The San Diego Union-Tribune

No one deserves the treatment faced by those in Customs and Border Protection custody, especially vulnerable people who are pregnant or have just given birth. Join JFS in calling on Customs and Border Protection to end the wrongful detention of pregnant, postpartum and nursing parents and their children.

May 1 2024

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to proceed with a plan for a long-term transfer center and respite shelter, backed by federal funding for arriving migrants. This funding, allocated to non-federal entities like Jewish Family Service, will support essential humanitarian services for families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States.

May 1 2024

Times of San Diego

The Board of Supervisors approved a plan for a long-term migrant transit center, backed by $19.6 million in federal funds. Chairwoman Nora Vargas emphasized the importance of the funding saying “it is vital for providing dignified and humane assistance, including essential resources such as food, clothing, and crucial information to safely guide people to their intended destinations.”

Apr 25 2024

Los Angeles Times

San Diego has become the top region along the southern border for migrant arrivals. The Biden administration has allocated $45 million to California programs aiding migrants who have crossed the border. Learn more on how you can help ensure San Diego remains a welcoming place for those in search of a safer life—free from violence and persecution.

Apr 25 2024

KPBS

Earlier this month, the San Diego region was given nearly $40 million from the federal government’s Shelter and Services Program to help the migrant population. The money is split in half between San Diego County and Catholic Charities of San Diego and Jewish Family Service, organizations that has run migrant shelters in San Diego for years. Now that the money has been awarded, advocates want to see a collaborative approach between all levels of government and local service providers to come up with a lasting migrant welcome program.

Apr 25 2024

CBS 8

FEMA announced our region will receive more than $39 million as part of its Shelter and Services program, half of which the county is getting directly. “There is a gap of about $11.8 million, even just to maintain the existing infrastructure that we have in our community. And so again, it’s really a critical opportunity for the county to come alongside organizations like Jewish Family Service and Catholic Charities, in addition to those advocates and organizations that are supporting for the folks that are being released to the streets of San Diego,” said Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services at JFS.

Apr 25 2024

Fox 5

Jewish Family Service says it has helped 200,000 migrants in transit through San Diego County since 2018, providing them with temporary shelter, meals and transportation to their final destinations across the U.S. When county funding ran out in late February, JFS did not stop aiding asylum-seekers. “Organizations like Jewish Family Service in San Diego, Catholic Charities, Immigrant defenders, Al Otro Lado, Haitian Bridge Alliance, the list goes on for organizations that continue to step forward in the absences of funding,” said Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration Services with JFS. Learn more on how you can help ensure San Diego remains a welcoming place for those in search of a safer life—free from violence and persecution.

Apr 25 2024

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Local migrant services groups are urging San Diego County leaders to collaborate with those working directly with migrants on the ground before deciding how to spend its recent $19.6 millions allocation from the federal government. “It is our expectation that we’re able to think through a regional plan that hopefully gets to a place of avoiding street releases,” said Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services for Jewish Family Service of San Diego, “but in order to do that, the organizations that are closest to the work really need to inform the county how they can put forth a plan to the federal government to use these funds.”

Apr 25 2024

Times of San Diego

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it would offer $39.2 million in new federal funding to the San Diego region as part of its Shelter and Services Program. But there are now concerns that the very groups which built these advocacy networks locally are being left out of discussion. Learn more on how you can help ensure San Diego remains a welcoming place for those in search of a safer life—free from violence and persecution.

Apr 15 2024

Los Angeles Times

Border nonprofits including Jewish Family Service of San Diego are hailing the increase as a win that’s reflective of the recent uptick in migrant arrivals near the California border. California has funded humanitarian services for migrants released from federal custody at the border, including $150 million last year. But, with the state facing a massive deficit, no border funding has been budgeted this year.

Apr 15 2024

KPBS - Evening Edition

In this segment, reporter Gustavo Solis addresses the current announcement of federal funding, including using some of the funds to start a migrant transit center and to support current shelters operated by Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Service. Kate Clark, Sr. Director of Immigration Services is interviewed.

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

Telemundo

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.

Mar 6 2024

Village News

The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation (SDSCF) awarded 14 local senior centers and nonprofit organizations, one being Jewish Family Service (JFS), to strengthen senior center programming and enhance executive leadership and ensure that a sophisticated network of local senior centers exists to help combat senior isolation. One of the exciting programs that the Foundation is helping to fund is the Jewish Family Services “Fix It” Program, which provides no-cost minor home modifications to seniors 60 and over. Learn more at www.jfssd.org/fixit.

Mar 6 2024

KPBS

Jewish Family Service distributed the last payments in February for a two-year guaranteed income pilot program, “San Diego for Every Child.” The results reflect the findings of an experiment unfolding in dozens of similar programs across the country that ask the question: What happens if you give low-income people monthly cash, no strings attached?
Most recipients spend no-strings cash on food and groceries, basic retail items like backpacks, shoes and haircuts, housing and utilities, and transportation. Participants report not just their happiness and quality of life improving, but their relationships, too. Khea Pollard, San Diego for Every Child director, said programs like this are scalable—taxpayers are already spending the money. Most of the families in the pilot program were already working full- or part-time, and, as a result of the program, sought new opportunities. Now on track to becoming debt-free, they have money, and hope, to invest in their futures.

Feb 28 2024

Public Radio Exchange, NPR

Reporter Gustavo Solis sat down with Michael Hopkins, JFS CEO, and Kate Clark, Senior Director of Immigration, to discuss how to mend our broken immigration system. In the past five years, JFS has welcomed and assisted more than 200,000 vulnerable asylum seekers, becoming the national model for facilitating legal pathways.

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