“A Call That Changed My Life” – How to Improve Self-Sufficiency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Financial Assistance
  • People with Disabilites
  • Stories & Testimonials
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A few years ago Beverly* knew she was in trouble but didn’t know where to turn. Surgery left her with excruciating stomach and joint pain, making it difficult to walk. Beverly had to leave her part-time job due to her disability and was behind on her rent. One day she returned home to find a notice in her mail: her rent for her Peninsula apartment was going up $200 a month—an astronomical amount on her small fixed income. Feeling despondent, she talked to a friend who said, “Have you ever thought about calling JFCS?” “I never considered myself the type… Read More

Posted by Admin on February 7, 2017
From Critically Sick Patient to Cancer Advocate With Help From JFCS’ Emergency Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Stories & Testimonials
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“JFCS is our community’s safety net,” Teresa says, and here’s how: Struggling with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, Teresa felt lost and overwhelmed when she picked up the phone and made her first call to JFCS. An attorney in her early 60s who lost her job during recent economic hard times, she was suddenly unable to care for herself and was alone in the face of a medical crisis without family or close friends to help. Teresa says, “After getting home from surgery I could barely leave my bed, let alone care for myself or my home. Jewish Family and… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 2, 2016
FAFSA Cash for College Workshops
  • Education
  • Financial Assistance
JFCS’ Financial Aid Center will give you the tools and hands-on support you need to submit this year’s FAFSA efficiently and accurately. WHAT YOU WILL GET: Assistance in filling out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application at the workshop Answers to your specific financial questions by a school loans and grants expert Knowledge about other scholarships, grants, and loans, and other ways to lower your college costs College students of any age are welcome. We encourage all 12th graders to attend with a parent. Please bring a laptop computer. Workshops will be held at  JFCS’ five… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2016
The Future Is Bright for College-Bound JFCS Scholarship Winners
  • Education
  • Financial Assistance
  • Youth
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When Alex Ike got the call letting him know he’d been chosen to receive a scholarship through JFCS’ Financial Aid Center he almost fell out of his chair. He says, “I called my mother immediately, and she practically screamed … we were both ecstatic.” The same excitement and relief were palpable at the home of seventeen year old Simone Leibowitz after learning that she would also be a recipient of a $26,000 scholarship to be disbursed over four years. Scholarship winners, Simone Leibowitz and Alex Ike The JFCS Financial Aid Center’s Loans and Grants Committee reviewed applications from Bay Area… Read More

Posted by Admin on July 8, 2016
JFCS Helps During a Life Crisis
  • Financial Assistance
  • Nutrition Program
  • People with Disabilites
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Steven, a professional architect and father, first called JFCS when his medical issues became debilitating. He had lost his job and to make matters worse, he and his wife had just divorced. With these major life stressors, Steven’s health further deteriorated and his savings was spent paying bills and child support. At 52 he says, “I had been totally self-sufficient my whole life, until I had these health issues.” Steven, JFCS client Since calling JFCS, Steven has benefited from the food pantry and food vouchers, rental assistance, and, most importantly, case management. The JFCS Clinical Care Team has been… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 3, 2015