Jewish Family Service of San Diego announces continuation of services despite outbreak
San Diego Jewish Family Service announced this week that it will continue to provide various services to vulnerable populations amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Services offered include hot meals for housebound seniors, packaged food, a migrant shelter and safe parking areas.
“These are difficult times; we all feel stress and anxiety,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of the Jewish Family Service of San Diego. “Our top priority is to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community – especially vulnerable, low-income seniors, and families struggling to make ends meet – are healthy and safe. during a time when their needs are most urgent.
Hopkins said programs that remain open are considered “priority programs” for those who need them. Staff members are working remotely to ensure the community is served during the crisis that has infected more than 100 San Diegans so far.
“With recent school and senior center closures, many in our community are missing out on the things they depend on, like free breakfast and lunch,” Hopkins said. “And thousands of parents who live paycheck to paycheck – now forced to stay home with their children rather than work – find themselves having to make difficult choices because of the loss of income. We know the kind of anxiety this creates and how quickly a situation can go from bad to worse without help.
- Ongoing services include:
Foodmobile: Volunteer drivers deliver hot, ready-to-eat meals to homebound elderly and disabled adults. Seniors who also relied on meals from JFS Social and Wellness Centers (which are closed until further notice to comply with safety guidelines) will now receive meals delivered to their homes.
- Food Assistance: Those in crisis will be able to pick up pre-packaged food through a drive-thru at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs campus.
- JFS Migrant Family Shelter: The JFS Migrant Family Shelter continues to operate and provide essential medical screenings – including for COVID-19 – to arriving asylum-seeking families released from federal custody.
- Secure Parking Program: JFS operates four Secure Parking Program lots throughout San Diego County, providing a safe and legal place for families and people living in their vehicles to park and sleep overnight, while providing resources essential to help clients transition to permanent housing. All four batches remain operational with updated medical and safety protocols.
Hopkins said anyone wishing to help Jewish Family Service of San Diego programs can volunteer their time or donate funds. You can find more information about these opportunities at jfssd.org/healthupdate.
“We hope that by providing assistance where we can, families like this will find peace of mind knowing their loved ones are being taken care of during these uncertain times,” Hopkins said.