Spring 2018
New and Improved
At JFS, everything we do is with intention. Whether it’s implementing best practice standards for our programs, expanding existing services or rebooting fundraisers, there is careful thought, discussion and planning that takes place. As “An Open Door to All in Need,” regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay, we open our doors annually to over 13,000 clients across our five major programs and complementary continuum of wraparound care.

Now, we want to share our Open Door with you in a new way. With the same intention that guides our services, we are pleased to present the new and improved JFS eNews- The Open Door. We hope that The Open Door provides the insights and updates for our agency that will keep you
engaged, educated and excited about our plans and our progress. With a quarterly calendar, The Open Door will highlight the major happenings at JFS, with QuickLinks allowing you customized access to the day-to-day services, workshops, groups and activities that are at the core of our agency. 

We hope you enjoy The Open Door and look forward to your readership in the future.


Steve Banta
Chief Executive Officer
Apply for High School Summer Internship NOW!
Since 2009, Jewish Family Service has provided teens from the Dallas Metroplex the opportunity to intern at one of the area’s many nonprofit organizations.  As of March 1, Internship Opportunities are available at the following Nonprofits:

  • Color Me Empowered
  • Community Homes For Adults, Inc.
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Dallas Jewish Historical Society
  • Equest
  • Jewish Family Service, Dallas
  • Jubilee Park
  • The Legacy Senior Communities
  • Plano Children's Theatre
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Spark!
  • Wesley Rankin Community Center

The six-week (180 hour) summer program is designed to help participants gain knowledge of nonprofit management through the following core competencies: direct service, philanthropy, advocacy, community organizing and social entrepreneurship. At the end of the internship, participants will receive a certificate of completion from their assigned agency and from JFS staff.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, April 8, 2018

Silent Auction and Registration begin at 10:00 am
Luncheon begins at 12:00 Noon

Individual tickets are $250 per ticket
Sponsorships are still available starting at at $1,000

While the name Biden is often tied to the world of politics, this luncheon remains non-political. Dr. Biden’s keynote will focus on her notable personal accomplishments as a life-long educator, military mom, and advocate for many issues that impact JFS clients.

Support PLAN of North Texas, a program of JFS

Sunday, March 25, 2018
from 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
4572 Claire Chennault Drive
Addison, TX 75001
Featuring Keynote Speaker Jack Bleuler, WWII Tail Gunner and 2018 Pathfinder Honoree, Clubhouse Texas Executive Director, Mark Stoeltje
New Resale Shop: Coming Soon!

Thanks to our loyal donors, customers, and supporters, a second Resale Shop location is opening in Garland, TX in April 2018! Look out for volunteer opportunities to help get the store opened and for our Ribbon Cutting Event. When you give good stuff, we can do great things!
Join us at Dallas Kosher Chili Cook Off

March 18, 2018
11 am to 4 pm
$12 for adults (Ages 11 and up)
$6 for children ages 3-10

Jewish Family Service is the beneficiary at Tiferet Israel's 25th Annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook Off! Join us for a full day of food, fun and fellowship. Volunteers are invited to help cook and pass out taste testers. Click here to help!

More Upgrades in store at JFS
In Fall 2017, we painted all the walls at our main office, added new carpet, updated the reception area and Food Pantry waiting room. We also built out four new offices to maximize space for new staff. But the "refresh" doesn't stop there!

Thanks to the recommendation of our City Council member, Lee Kleinman, the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD) is going to undertake some important upgrades at our main office location off Montfort and Arapaho.

Projects include renovations to the Food Pantry, staff and volunteer break room, flooring, and adding building safety precautions. Stay tuned for pictures over the next few months. We can't wait to unveil the new and improved JFS to our supporters!
Thank you for Celebrating
Special Needs Awareness Month!
February was Special Needs Awareness Month and with the help of Temple Emanu-El, Young Mens Service League, Edwards and Associates, and wonderful volunteers -- we were able to create two Special Needs Sensory Cubes! They will be used in play therapy as well as for trainings. Check out this great video to see the final product!
Transitional Housing Update
We have placed 10 families into apartments as a part of the new Transitional Housing Program. This supports victims of crime with up to 18 months of housing combined with our other comprehensive services. The program was established following the best-practice “Housing First” Transitional Housing model for victims experiencing physical, emotional or sexual abuse with the goal for victims to be able to transition to safe, more self-sufficient lives. Thank you to our dedicated staff and volunteers who got this program up and running in record time!
Volunteer Appreciation
In 2017, our 1,446 volunteers served a total of 19,677 hours, which is an estimated total cost savings of $495,000 for the agency.

Did you miss the fun in February? Click the video to see some of our volunteer award recipients doing what they love most!

Thank you again to Co-Chairs Gilian Baron and Melanie Rubin.
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