“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
Keeping Seniors Safe at Home, and Together
  • Holocaust
  • Seniors
  • Stories & Testimonials
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Do the Good Thing—Please Donate to the JFCS Annual Campaign Ida has survived many hardships in life. She survived the Nazi camps as a girl in Poland and breast cancer as a middle-aged woman living in the Bay Area. But the one thing she says she can’t survive is being separated from Saul, her husband of 58 years. Saul’s been frail since his stroke. Ida can’t take care of him on her own, and the couple does not have children. Their fixed income is extremely limited and they can’t afford home care. One bad fall, Ida fears, would mean Saul… Read More

Posted by Admin on December 1, 2016
Volunteer David Carvel Improves Lives
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Volunteers
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Do the good thing. “Many of us in the Bay Area are doing well, and I wanted an opportunity to give back to those who aren’t. I saw how JFCS helps so many different groups of people and, through volunteering with JFCS, I get to help improve their lives.” — David, JFCS volunteer Doing the good thing: David Carvel made Rosh Hashanah a sweet one for seniors who are alone. In the Jewish tradition, isolation is one of the most painful forms of suffering. Part of JFCS’ core mission is to ensure that no one is lonely or left alone.… Read More

Posted by Admin on November 3, 2016
The Perfect Storm—A Critically Ill Parent and High School
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Youth
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Do the Good Thing – Please Donate to the JFCS Annual Campaign Growing up is hard enough these days—heavy homework loads, constant peer pressure, uncertainty about the future. One bad thing can stop a teen in her tracks. It was already bad enough for Jessica, who recently reached out to JFCS in distress. Her friends at school were spreading vicious rumors about her—her grades and self-esteem were slipping. Jessica tried her best not to worry her widowed father who had struggles of his own. He hadn’t worked a regular job in years due to debilitating back pain, and the jobs… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2016