Assemblymember Gloria Names Jewish Family Service as Non-Profit of the Year

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jewish Family Service, Local Non-Profit Leading Migrant Relief Efforts, Recognized by Assemblymember Gloria in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, CA – For their efforts in leading the local rapid response to the migrant crisis at San Diego’s border and providing healing to the grieving amidst national and local gun violence tragedies, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that he has named Jewish Family Service of San Diego as the 2019 Non-Profit of the Year for the 78th Assembly District.

The example set by Jewish Family Service has reflected a true sense of values and provided inspiration for our region,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Their leadership role with the Rapid Response Network, providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of asylum-seeking refugees, not only gives shelter, but also helps avoid a health and safety crisis in San Diego. In addition, JFS stepped forward to provide sanctuary for the grieving in the midst of both local and national gun violence tragedies. I am beyond proud to recognize them as our Non-Profit of the Year.”

At a ceremony held today in the State Capitol, Jewish Family Service of San Diego CEO Michael Hopkins and Board Chair Marie Raferty accepted the recognition from the California State Assembly. The ceremony was held in honor of California Nonprofits Day, at which, non-profit organizations from across California were recognized.

Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service has grown into one of San Diego’s premier human care organizations. Welcoming everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, Jewish Family Service of San Diego helps people access resources to stabilize life situations and works with them to create a plan based on personal and family goals.

Since October 28, 2018, following the enactment of cruel and inhumane policies by the federal government pertaining to asylum-seeking refugees, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been on the front lines of a coalition of human rights and service organizations working for the protection of immigrants. Known as the San Diego Rapid Response Network, these partners respond to the most pressing needs of these migrant children and families by providing meals, showers, medical care, and legal services.