Harnessing the power of collective expertise, we work with diverse partners across a range of service areas to deliver the best care possible to Holocaust Survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers. Partnerships are essential to improving care, as they enable us to better understand the unique needs and strengths of communities and how to extend support to all individuals.
The Center for Jewish Care at JFS Volunteer Opportunities
The JFS Bikkur Holim Friendly Visitor Program matches older adults, including Holocaust survivors experiencing isolation with volunteers who provide enriching social visits. Fighting against the risk of loneliness, the Program seeks to foster meaningful relationships between volunteer and older adults. It also aims to enhance the individual’s connection to the community. In an effort to decrease the risk of COVID-19, we have modified the way we ask volunteers to interact with clients through Bikkur Holim. For the time being, volunteer visits take place via friendly check-in phone
JFS Center for Jewish Care Volunteer Drivers provide no-contact home deliveries of holiday packages to Jewish Community members, including Holocaust Survivors in need on a Quarterly basis. Volunteers may also be contacted as needed for unexpected or emergency deliveries. Using their own personal vehicles, Volunteer Drivers report to the JFS Joan and Irwin Jacob’s Campus at 8804 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123 for their shift to pick up pre-assembled packages and delivery items, receive their route, and deliver to JFS clients' homes.
The Kibitz Call Line is a social call program that provides invaluable connections for Jewish seniors who may be at an elevated risk of loneliness or social isolation. Weekly social conversations make a positive difference in the lives of participants and volunteers.