To Jewish Family Service (JFS), 2022 is extra special, something unique. It’s the group’s sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of its life-changing community service in Denver. Back in 1872, Denver was a whopping 14 years old, its train depot had welcomed rail travel for all of four years and the first dedicated fire station was just five years old. While today’s JFS annually holds a number of entertaining and noteworthy events, there’s a little added sparkle to all of them this year.

(l to r): Brent and Kitty Ohman, with Roxanne and Tom Miller-Freutel

On Thursday, March 10, supporters gathered at History Colorado for a spirited reception that featured a JFS traveling history exhibit, a mayoral appearance and a reading of the official JFS entrance into this year’s Congressional record. Guests all paused to peruse the exhibit as they chatted and indulged in passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet offerings and beverages. A short program featured remarks by: JFS Board Chair Aaron Hyatt; 150th Anniversary Chair Jane Rosenbaum; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; Mile High United Way President & CEO Christine Benero; Ricardo Gutierrez, Constituent Advocate for Congressman Jason Crow; and JFS President and CEO Linda Foster. Remarks not only focused on the good works of JFS, but also about the organization’s upcoming lineup of stellar events: beginning with a luncheon featuring comedienne/actress Amy Schumer in April and concluding with a festive end-of-year gala in November. The evening ended with a toast celebrating 150 years of JFS.

Aaron Hyatt, Linda Foster (center) and Jane Rosenbaum toast to 150 years of JFS community service in Denver.

Jewish Family Service is a nonprofit human services organization that serves anyone in need – regardless of their circumstances or religious beliefs. The organization believes in a shared responsibility to support impactful changes throughout our community. JFS exists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values: that of Tikkun Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place.

Founded 150 years ago, JFS currently offers more than 30 programs and services, including food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support and disability services. JFS takes a holistic approach, assessing the various needs of the individual or family, and provides the appropriate services all from one organization. The organization continuously evaluates the evolving challenges of our community and adapts or develops programs that respond to the resulting needs. For more information, please visit: .


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