JFS Makes a Difference: July 2019 – June 2020

2020 brought new challenges but Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley emerged stronger than ever. We understand the importance of helping people have better lives - and we want you to feel comforted to know we are in this together.

With pride and caring, here are some highlights JFS SV would like to share with you:

  • Emergency Food Assistance:  When shelter-in-place began, we kickstarted a weekly grocery delivery service and increased our food assistance: 

 >  500% more delivered meals, 200% more supermarket gift cards, and 50% more delivered    groceries/food packages.

>  1,000 people - single parent families, holocaust survivors, isolated seniors, individuals with disabilities, refugees, and unemployed adults –received vital and nutritious deliveries of kosher food packages, Shabbat meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, supermarket gift cards and full breakfasts. 

  • Embrace-A-Family:  Our 12th annual program to help families, seniors, and refugees during the holidays wouldn’t have been possible without your donations. Through your kindness and generosity, we provided toys, clothing, household goods, transportation, and more to make the winter months a little brighter.
      Over 1,000 donors contributed 2,500 holiday gifts, gift cards, and other much-needed resources to more than 500 people in Silicon Valley.

  • Aging With Dignity:  Nearly 2000 seniors benefited from case management, home care, ESL classes, social/cultural clubs, emergency assistance, caregiver support, and more.  When the shelter-in-place ordinance began, JFS@Chai House staff began an enewsletter for residents to ease loneliness, connect residents to the community, and inform them of current events and resources.

  • JFS@Chai House:  Our branch office at Chai House offered counseling, holiday celebrations, case management, workshops, food and more to 145 Chai House residents.

  • Holocaust Survivors:  225 survivors stayed safely at home through medical and food assistance; home care; and received claims reparations.  We now deliver weekly meals and groceries to all local survivors in need.

  • Knitzvah:  Over 100 Knitzvah volunteers created 8000 beautiful items of clothing for infants born prematurely, cancer patients, isolated seniors, soldiers, migrant workers, recently arrived refugees, foster youth and families from 31 different community-based organizations. Most recently, they’ve made over 1,200 masks for essential workers. In nearly 14 years they’ve created over 48,000 items!

  • Pro-Bono Immigration Legal Clinic:  As part of our refugee resettlement programs, 25 attorneys helped 119 refugees apply for adjustment of status, Green Cards, and American citizenship.

  • Refugee Services:  We made it possible for 67 refugees from around the world to pave a new life in America. Through pre-arrival services, case management, job search assistance and employment placement, legal services, and English language classes, our fully equipped programs helped welcome and protect 581 refugees and asylees this past year!. With new homes, work, and friends at JFS SV, these refugees were given a chance, community, and a sense of hope.

So, to all of you who bring us light in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your contributions to our community. Large or small, we count them all, and we wouldn’t be here without your support.

Thank you, and kol tuv - be well!

Mindy S. Berkowitz
Executive Director

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
empowers individuals and families facing life’s challenges
by providing quality human services inspired by Jewish values.

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