Our Stories

Meet some of the people who inspire us every day.

These are real accounts of courage, resourcefulness, and hope—qualities shared by so many of our clients who are working hard to accomplish their goals and move forward.

How a Holocaust Survivor Found Her Voice

The Life Lessons Project is documenting the experiences and memories of 44 Holocaust Survivors living in San Diego.

Joann & Golan: How Strangers Became Best Friends at JFS

Despite being 50 years apart, Golan has brought warmth and adventure into Joann’s life as she battles cancer.

Bill’s Story: “I Would Not Be Alive Without You”

A fixed income and the cost of living make it difficult for Bill to cover household expenses. That’s where we come in.

From a Homeless Shelter to a House of Their Own

A family is reunited through the JFS Desert Vista Permanent Supportive Housing program.

Finding Home – Zockie’s Story

Issues like homelessness can feel bigger than any one of us. Learn how we are working together to help families establish the foundations they can build on.

Eliminating Food Waste in San Diego

Meet the industrious high schooler behind the gleaning project at JFS.

Business grad. Forward thinker. DREAMer.

For Alan, it’s all about building a better future for his family.

Partnering to Stop the Spiral of Homelessness

A life-changing partnership with Dreams for Change.

The 88-year-old Bar Mitzvah

75 years after his 13th birthday, we celebrated with Lazar at the Balboa Avenue Older Adults Center.

George Wise and Louis Vener

A Friendship Built On Service

Learn how volunteers Louis and George are helping to shape the future of our community for generations to come

Lessons from Six Years as a Jewish Big Pal

There is no manual for growing up. But sometimes a dedicated mentor is even better.

Bringing a Taste of Home to San Diego Seniors

To leave your homeland in search of a better life is to embark on a challenging journey marked by anxiety, sacrifice, and hard work.