To enhance well-being to those in need throughout the greater Denver community by delivering services based on Jewish values.
Jewish Family Service exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values: that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place.
In delivering our services we are also guided by the following Jewish values:
-He who saves one life saves the entire world. - Pikuach Nefesh
-Social justice, the obligation to act justly toward people in need. - Tzedakah
-Acts of loving kindness. - G'milut Hassadim
- Every human being is equal in the eyes of God. - Tselem Elohim
-The act of mending the heart. - Tikkun Halev
Organizational and Professional Values:
-Integrity and Professionalism
- Collaboration and Innovation
- Support Without Judgment
- Compassion, Respect, and Dignity
- Fiscal Responsibility and Accountability
- Adherence to Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
Jewish Family Service is:
- a community agency that serves individuals and families regardless of faith or economic status.
- committed to the highest quality service carried out by skilled, compassionate professionals.
- continually operating in a collaborative manner with other community agencies.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado's origins began in 1872 with the founding of the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society. This organization helped meet the social service needs of Denver's 300 Jewish pioneers. One of our celebrated founding members and early presidents, Frances Wisebart Jacobs (1843-1892), was one of the co-founders of the United Way of America. Known today as the "Mother of Charities," Mrs. Jacobs dedicated her life to serving people in need, regardless of race, faith, income, or ability. She has been honored with induction in the National Women's Hall of Fame. Under her visionary leadership, our organization was a founding member of the Charity Organization Society in Denver which was formed as the Community Chest in 1887, the forerunner of the United Way. Through our many transformations over the years, Mrs. Jacob's legacy of community service has been a constant guiding beacon. Today, Jewish Family Service of Colorado touches the lives of nearly 25,000 people annually in our community.
"We appreciate that JFS provides critical services and support to our community and it does so without restrictions on an individual's religious affiliation. We wanted to be able to contribute a meaningful amount and realized it would be much easier on our budget to give smaller amounts monthly that quickly add up by the end of the year. We set up a recurring gift that automatically gets charged to our account each month."
- Jay and Kim Morse
"I found out about Jewish Family Service (JFS) from a good friend who has since passed. He was Catholic, but JFS helped him out in his last days here on earth. I'm proud to say that the work JFS does for Denver will always be in my heart."
- Mike Asarch
"There are so many great charities in town, but I choose to support Jewish Family Service (JFS) because it provides help in a broad range of areas and plays an important role in the lives of 25,000 people a year. The staff is very hands-on and down-to-earth, helping one person at a time in creative ways. JFS is often a safety net for people in dire straits who really need help."
- Julian Izbiky