August 2022 Update on JFCS’ Ukraine Relief Efforts
  • Ukraine Response
  • JFCS News
  • News and Impact
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • Volunteers
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See our Ukraine response resources > Heartfelt Gratitude from a Ukrainian Family The San Jose Mercury News featured the story of a Ukrainian couple, Mariia and Anatolii, that JFCS has been privileged to help—thanks to your generosity. Their daughter, Oksana, shared these words of gratitude for the support our community provided to her parents, who arrived in the Bay Area with serious health issues after a treacherous journey: “When Laura [one of JFCS’ care managers] met with my parents, listened to their story, and learned about their needs, she made every effort to help. She took care of every problem,… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2022
JFCS Emigre Committee Member on the Ground in Warsaw
  • Ukraine Response
  • Stories & Testimonials
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“Everyone I met was traumatized. When children were given art supplies, they drew tanks, machine guns, rockets. And homes, right alongside,” says Anna Lushtak, a longtime friend of Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) and member of our Emigre Committee, who recently spent two weeks volunteering in Poland with Ukrainian refugees. For Anna, who emigrated to the US from the former Soviet Union decades ago and received resettlement assistance from JFCS, the plight of the refugees felt deeply personal. Describing what motivated her to share her time and skills, Anna says, “I was watching what was going on in desperation.… Read More

Posted by Admin on April 27, 2022
Taking Action to Provide Crucial Support for Ukrainian Aid: Dr. Yuri Veber
  • Ukraine Response
  • JFCS News
  • Stories & Testimonials
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As the devastation of the war in Ukraine grew, Dr. Yuri Veber felt compelled to help. Yuri and his wife, Mila, both were born in Kyiv and immigrated to the United States. Following the growing refugee crisis and watching the destruction of homes and whole neighborhoods has been heart-rending. Realizing he could use his professional expertise to raise funds and heighten awareness, Yuri planned a special clinic day. His periodontal practice contacted referring dentists with this offer: Patients who had to pay out-of-pocket for needed periodontal services could receive treatment for free. In place of payment, patients would be invited… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 30, 2022
JFCS Tackles the Youth Mental Health Crisis: From Teletherapy to Educator Training
  • Counseling & Mental Health
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Stories & Testimonials
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When Amelia, age 12, started expressing anxiety about her social status, her mother, Dana, became concerned. Amelia felt that everyone had more friends, more fun, and better life than hers. All based on what she saw on social media. Dana knew she needed help after her daughter began to present a fake life in her social media posts. Amelia refused to go to a therapist’s office, but was amenable when JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth (CCY) told her teletherapy was an option. The preteen is now making headway with managing her social anxiety. Experts at CCY report that anxiety… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 9, 2022
The Magic Words “We Can Help” – How JFCS Is Helping the Blyzenko Family
  • Stories & Testimonials
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When the invasion of Ukraine began, Andrii Blyzenko immediately thought of his mother and younger brother. Fearing the worst, he contacted JFCS Legal Services for advice on ways to bring his loved ones to safety. JFCS has been resettling Jews from the former Soviet Union for decades and is one of the largest centers for emigre resettlement in the United States. Andrii’s connection to JFCS dates back to when he arrived in San Francisco from Odesa several years ago. His father, also received legal services from JFCS when he came to the US, and then turned to us for help… Read More

Posted by Admin on March 8, 2022
JFCS Builds a Thriving Community for Adults with Disabilities
  • Stories & Testimonials
  • People with Disabilities
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When the pandemic hit, Samuel was stuck at home, unable to get out and do anything—no work, no in-person social or recreation activities. The loss of connection left a void in his life. When his mom heard about Shupin Social Club from an online parent group, she immediately knew this was a solution for Samuel. “And the rest is history. I have new friends and good connections,” Samuel says with a giant smile. JFCS ensures that adults with disabilities are served and receive connection, independence, support, and community. Expanded services now include hundreds of virtual activities and Special Connections, a… Read More

Posted by Admin on February 8, 2022
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