Shelley’s Story

"I have always found a welcome and safe place of refuge at JFS", says Shelley*. When Shelley first came to JFS for help, she needed more than counselling support. Falling through the cracks of multiple systems—medical, housing, legal and mental health—Shelley had been moving from shelter to shelter with [...]

Escaping Colombia

I lived in Columbia and had a good life, until the armed conflict. The guerillas FARC-EP took me into the mountains, a prisoner, made threats to my family. I left everything I had and came to Canada with my 10-year-old son...

Visiting the Jewish Food Bank

Today, before my first visit to the Jewish Food Bank, I was worried about how it would be. But from the moment I entered, I saw volunteers with smiles on their faces.

A Positive Therapeutic Environment

After five one-hour sessions with you to date, and my mood has improved markedly. I can now work at my job with enthusiasm again and am no longer obsessed with constant, intrusive thoughts. I am very grateful to you and your organization for being there in a time of dire need. 

Prisoner Support

I wanted to let you know how appreciated your yearly assistance to us prisoners here at Mountain with bags for Rosh Hashanah. The reality is without those bags we would have no access to anything to help make the celebration of those Holidays significant.

Helping make ends meet

This year has been the hardest I have ever struggled financially and the immense fear I feel when I don’t know how to make ends meet and keep a roof over our heads is debilitating...