The Mission of Jewish Family Service of the Desert is to provide for the social service needs of the Jewish and general community throughout the greater Coachella Valley with a commitment to promote the well-being of people of all ages, incomes and lifestyles. If you are interested in learning more about the programs listed below, contact JFS at (760) 325-4088.
JFS can provide emergency assistance for food to low income Coachella Valley residents. Grocery store food cards are available from local supermarkets with varied locations in the desert. Funding for this program is limited and emergency assistance is based on available funding. To be eligible to receive food cards, household income must be no more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level based on family household size. Food cards are intended as emergency stop gap measures for individuals and families facing unusual financial hardship. The cards are not intended for regular supplement of a household’s food purchasing ability.
Educational seminars for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Support groups for those with bereavement issues
Linking families and individuals in need with vital community resources.
JFS contracts with school districts to provide school based counseling and mental health curriculums.
JFS provides scholarships for local boys and girls to attend Jewish summer camps. Scholarships subsidize the cost of attending a Jewish camp and are awarded based on financial need. Priority is given to children who have never had the chance to experience a Jewish summer camp. JFS also provides scholarships for boys and girls to attend Pathfinder Ranch Camp through the Boys & Girls Club in Cathedral City.