Moving Forward Together

Our Services

Below is a list of our services. Have a question? Need help and don’t know where to turn? Start the process online or call our JFS Access Line at (858) 637-3210.

JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

Nutrition Assistance

Community Distribution

The community distributions are offered throughout San Diego County and offer fresh produce, canned/dried goods, groceries, and pet food when available.

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Congregate Dining

The in-person congregate dining is offered throughout San Diego for adults aged 60 years and older. All lunches are served kosher style.

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Corner Market

The Corner Market is a point-based grocery store, where you can choose items free of charge based on family size and need. It offers plenty of healthy choices, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy, baked goods, prepared meals, hygiene, and baby items.

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Home Delivered Meals

A volunteer-supported delivery service, providing kosher-style meals and wellness checks for older adults and those who are homebound by disability.

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Hand Up Food Pantry

A volunteer-supported food pantry, operating an onsite Corner Market and community food distributions for military and low-income families at multiple sites in San Diego.

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Children & Youth

Jewish Big Pals

A unique mentoring program for Jewish children, ages 6-16, who are being raised in a variety of family situations—often by single parents, grandparents, or legal guardians.

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JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship

The JFS-David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship provides grants to students from San Diego’s Jewish Community who plan to attend college or vocational school.

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JFS Youth Engagement

Our programs empower San Diego teens to develop valuable leadership skills through hands-on service, educational activities, and social justice advocacy.

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Adults & Families

Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP)

Addresses the social, health, educational, and economic challenges of adolescent pregnancy by providing comprehensive case management services to expectant and parenting youth.

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Bereavement Support Group – Virtual

Meet with others who have suffered the loss of a loved one, explore their individual grief process and gain knowledge and insight into useful grief coping skills to help them begin to heal.

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Breaking Down Barriers

An outreach program that works with underserved communities to talk about mental wellness.

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Community Case Management

Assistance for individuals and families in crisis, including resource navigation, service coordination, and one-on-one support.

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Family Support Liaison Program (FSLP)

Our prevention and family preservation strategies will help you navigate the child welfare system, connect to community resources, and increase your network of support—all with the goal of keeping your children safe and your family together.

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Family Violence Support Services

For individuals experiencing domestic violence. Services include: counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, and resource coordination.

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Guaranteed Income

In partnership with San Diego for Every Child, the Guaranteed Income Project is to significantly reduce the experience of child poverty and create an income floor that lifts families up and out of poverty.

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Jewish Community Services

The Center for Jewish Care offers critical relief services and free resources for individuals and families in the Jewish community who need assistance.

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Patient Advocacy

Our advocates protect patients who are receiving behavioral health services from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and other rights violations.

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Positive Parenting Program

Helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behavior issues, reducing parent-child conflict and preparing children for school success.

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Safe Parking Program

The Safe Parking Program provides a safe and welcoming environment for unsheltered families and individuals living in their cars, many of whom have recently found themselves homeless for the first time.

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Older Adults

Aging Care Services

Providing comprehensive assessment, consultation, planning, coordination of services, and advocacy in the realm of care management.

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Bereavement Support Group – Virtual

Meet with others who have suffered the loss of a loved one, explore their individual grief process and gain knowledge and insight into useful grief coping skills to help them begin to heal.

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Congregate Dining

The in-person congregate dining is offered throughout San Diego for adults aged 60 years and older. All lunches are served kosher style.

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Friendly Match Program

Matches older adults with caring volunteers who offer companionship and a steady connection to the community through weekly in-home visits.

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Home Delivered Meals

A volunteer-supported delivery service, providing kosher-style meals and wellness checks for older adults and those who are homebound by disability.

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JFS Fix-it Service

Free minor home-safety repairs for low‑income older adults.

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On the Go: Transportation Solutions

Flexible individual and group transportation for riders ages 60+.

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Serving Our Survivors (SOS)

A comprehensive support service to help Holocaust Survivors maintain their health, independence, and connection to the community throughout San Diego and Orange County.

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Social & Wellness Centers

Social day programs providing education and enrichment activities, exercise, entertainment, and hot kosher lunch for adults ages 60+.

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Refugee & Immigration

Afghan Refugees

Jewish Family Service stands ready to Welcome the Stranger with dignity and respect and is actively assisting Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) and Parolee arrivals from Afghanistan.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Education and assistance with applications and DACA renewals.

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Higher Education Legal Services (HELS)

JFS Immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Representatives are available to offer personalized Immigration Legal Services to students, staff, and faculty at selected local colleges.

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Immigration

Assistance with green cards, immigration documents, citizenship and naturalization classes and petitioning for family members.

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Migrant Shelter Services

San Diego Rapid Response Network Migrant Shelter Services operated by Jewish Family Service provides vital humanitarian services and transportation assistance to families legally seeking asylum in the United States.

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Refugee Resettlement

Comprehensive services for newly arriving refugees referred by the US Refugee Program.

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Center for Jewish Care

David Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship

Offers financial assistance to students from the San Diego Jewish community who plan to attend college or vocational school.

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Jewish Big Pals

A unique mentoring program for Jewish children, ages 6-16, who are being raised in a variety of family situations—often by single parents, grandparents, or legal guardians.

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Serving Our Survivors (SOS)

Care management, home care, and emergency assistance services for low-income Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

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Loans

Hand Up Cars

Low-interest auto loans and financial education for credit-challenged working families.

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Hand Up Loan

Interest-free loans for business development, education/job training, car purchase/repair, and other goals focused on helping individuals and families become self-supporting.

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Desert Vista & Desert Rose

Permanent supportive housing programs for homeless individuals living with disabilities.

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