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College Avenue Center for Older Adults Receives $10,000 Grant from San Diego Seniors Community Foundation

Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Popular Center Awarded Funds to Support Class Instructors, Special Events for Seniors in East County

Media Contacts:
Sandy Young / Ashley Bendas, J. Walcher Communications
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SAN DIEGO (July 11, 2023) – The San Diego Seniors Community Foundation (SDSCF) has awarded the Jewish Family Service (JFS) College Avenue Center $10,000 as part of SDSCF’s Empower San Diego Senior Center grant program. College Avenue Center, along with 10 other local senior centers and nonprofits, received the grants to help implement SDSCF’s “San Diego Master Plan for Senior Centers,” a countywide plan aimed to enhance modern senior centers across local communities.

The 2023 Empower Grant allows JFS to expand program offerings at College Avenue Center by compensating instructors, in addition to volunteer-led classes. Current offerings for the East County community include tai chi and yoga. The College Avenue Center furthers the goals of the San Diego Master Plan for Senior Centers, by providing inclusive spaces where all seniors can gain valuable knowledge and have trusted community resources they can rely on.

“Our mission is to provide a strong and healthy community in which older San Diegans can thrive,” said Kristine Stensberg, senior director of Nutrition and Aging Care Services at JFS. “With the help of this grant, we will continue to make connections and provide the help and assistance seniors in our community need.”

College Avenue Center (within Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego) acts as a central meeting hub for older adults in East County to socialize, receive hot meals and enjoy activities facilitated by community volunteers, such as trivia, art classes, tech help and music appreciation.

For more information on the College Avenue Center or to register, visit or call 858-637-3270.  College Avenue Center’s programming, as well as its Cozy Café coffee and tea cart, are free to all adults 60 years or older. Lunch is a suggested donation of $4 for those over 60 and $8 for all others. To reserve lunch, please call 858-637-3230. Complimentary transportation to and from the center is available, with donations welcome. College Avenue Center programming is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch served at 12 p.m.

About Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Moving Forward Together
Through integrated services, Jewish Family Service (JFS) empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. The organization is committed to helping individuals and families move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen our San Diego community.   

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