Moving Forward Together

Press Releases

Jun 27 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has launched its Hand Up Cars program, an economic empowerment program that helps working families across San Diego County achieve self-sufficiency through financial education and reliable transportation.

Jun 26 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego is opposed to the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act in its current form.

Jun 15 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has named businesswoman and renowned philanthropist Marie Raftery as chair of the 99-year-old nonprofit’s board of directors.

Jun 14 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has launched its latest senior transportation service, On the Go: Navigator, which connects older adults with on-demand ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber without the use of a smart phone, and remotely monitors each ride to ensure safety.

Apr 10 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego raised more than $1.1 million at its annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on April 1.

Apr 5 2017

JFS has been awarded more than $19,600 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to create a special training room that will allow the agency’s Employment and Career Services department to provide job training and preparation services.

Apr 5 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded more than $19,600 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to create a special training room that will allow the agency’s Employment and Career Services department to provide job training and preparation services.

Mar 24 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded nearly $1.8 million from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to provide two years of funding for JFS’s On the Go senior transportation program.

Mar 13 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded $70,000 by the San Diego Foundation’s Age Friendly Communities Program to help improve the quality of life for older adults in San Diego through On the Go Navigator – a new addition to JFS’s existing On the Go program.

Mar 6 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego continues to believe that stopping refugee resettlement, for any period of time, undermines our nation’s founding principles and turns away those seeking safety, freedom, hope and opportunity.

Mar 5 2017

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) annual luncheon to support mental health awareness on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00am at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, will feature three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, sharing her experience of living with bipolar disorder.

Feb 8 2017
More than 800 people gathered at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla on Thursday, Feb. 2, for a demonstration of solidarity by the Jewish
Dec 20 2016

At its signature benefit gala, JFS will share its recent success as a community resource for individuals and families working to overcome challenges and achieve life-changing goals.

Dec 19 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded $15,000 on Monday, December 19, by U.S. Bank to support the agency’s Employment and Career Services, as well as supportive services for homeless residents in the Coachella Valley.

Oct 25 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded more than $945,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, as part of the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative: Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) program.

Jul 22 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s popular University City Older Adult Center will soon find a new home inside the agency’s headquarters at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus, located at 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa.

Jul 16 2016

Residents of San Diego can apply for interest-free loans from Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) for personal and business expenses aimed at improving self-sufficiency.

JFS’s Hand Up Loan program is designed to offer a hand-up, not a hand-out – meaning that loans must be used in relation to increasing recipients’ financial independence. Qualifying expenses include education, small business loans, business development, job training, car purchase or repairs, refugee/immigration resettlement and more.

“Our loan program is open to all San Diegans who are in need and want to live more successful lives,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “The loans are used for a variety of purposes – we’ve helped a local man earn his chauffer license and start a small company and enabled an East County family to buy agricultural equipment and educate themselves how to use it after the fires.”

The loan approval process takes an average of three weeks, from initial application to loan closing. Maximum loan amounts range from $3,000 to $7,500. Upon closing, applicants have up to 36 months to repay the loan by making monthly payments.

Jul 15 2016

For the ninth consecutive year, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator which highlights the work of efficient, ethical, and open charities.

Jun 14 2016

California State Senator Marty Block has named Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) “Nonprofit of the Year” for the 39th district, and will honor the agency at the first inaugural California Nonprofits Day on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Sacramento at the State Capitol.

May 15 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Positive Parenting Program has received a STARS Award from the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council.

Apr 21 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) annual luncheon will feature keynote speaker William Cope Moyers discussing his personal struggles with addiction and his journey in overcoming the disease.

Apr 8 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC) to support breast cancer patients in need.

Mar 28 2016

Shana Hazan, senior director of strategic resource development for Jewish Family Service of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Children and Families Commission.

Mar 17 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) held its annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Sunday, March 13. More than 525 guests gathered to support JFS, raising $915,000 to continue the agency’s efforts of building a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

Jan 31 2016

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) officially opened its new campus with a special dedication to Joan and Irwin Jacobs for their 20 years of championing the agency, and celebration for all of the capital campaign donors who made the “Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus” possible.