Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) became a recognized Live Well San Diego Partner on October 22, 2014. Founded in 1918, JFS has grown into one of San Diego’s premier human care organizations Empowering Individuals & Families to Move Toward Self-Sufficiency, Supporting Aging with Dignity, and Fostering Community Connection & Engagement throughout San Diego. JFS offers a wide range of integrated services that address the whole person, supporting clients’ goals to achieve financial, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
JFS serves San Diegans facing food insecurity through its Foodmobile, Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, Hand Up Teen Leadership Program and Hunger Advocacy Network. Through a partnership with the County of San Diego’s Aging and Independence Services, JFS also provides nutritious, well balanced meals to San Diego County seniors, providing nearly 20,000 congregate meals and 35,000 home-delivered meals to older adults in 2013 alone.
JFS also offers behavioral health services such as counseling, case management, and geriatric care management, including a program specifically dedicated to Holocaust survivors. JFS’s Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) addresses domestic violence by providing counseling, case management, and advocacy services to individuals and families impacted by all forms of domestic abuse.
JFS is welcomed as a Live Well San Diego partner in recognition of its leadership and demonstration of Live Well San Diego principles, including: supporting positive choices, pursuing policy and environmental changes, and improving the culture within its agency by implementing lactation and anti-bullying policies as well as employee health programs.