Jewish Family Service named Nonprofit of the Year

by Caline Chitayat June 29, 2016


jfsOn June 22, California State Senator Marty Block named Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) “Nonprofit of the Year” for the 39th district. The agency was honored at the first inaugural California Nonprofits Day in Sacramento at the State Capitol.

Nonprofit organizations are a vital component to the economy and well-being of California, but often, they are hidden in plain sight, says Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide alliance of more than 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities. “We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good.”

Since 1918, Jewish Family Service has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families working to build better lives. JFS operates throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley and offers integrated programs and services to help the community.

The agency serves more than 300,000 meals to members of the military, refugees, older adults, lower-income and homeless individuals and families across San Diego and runs the largest senior transportation program in San Diego County, providing 250,000-plus rides to date through its “On the Go” program. It also serves as one of four refugee resettlement agencies in San Diego, providing comprehensive reception and placement services to more than 3,000 refugees over the past 10 years. JFS operates San Diego’s only breast cancer case management program and provides award-winning, evidence-based parenting education in Head Start preschools and community sites, reaching more than 5,000 families and 10,000 children since the program’s inception.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive this recognition from Senator Block and the State Assembly on California Nonprofits Day,” says Michael Hopkins, CEO of JFS. “…We are proud to be a part of a strong nonprofit network in San Diego working to make a meaningful, measurable and sustainable difference in the lives of our clients and the community we all share.”

JFS is among the less than two percent of nonprofits nationwide to have earned Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for an eighth consecutive year. In the past year, the agency was also awarded the prestigious Service Enterprise certification by the Points of Light Institute, and its Patient Advocacy Program was named San Diego County’s “Behavior Health Science’s Program of the Year.”


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