The Mission of JFS 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 Desert at (760) 325-4088.
Since 1999, the JFS Desert Senior Care Management program has assisted older adults in the Coachella Valley with vital advocacy and case management services. The program enables seniors to enjoy a higher quality of life while maintaining the greatest degree of independence possible. Services are open to those who are 55 and older of all faiths and economic levels. Many of the seniors in the program are home-bound and live on a fixed income.
JFS Express provides transportation services for local seniors to medical appointments. JFS Express was created in 2008 to address this very basic, yet very prevalent, barrier to care. JFS Express relies on volunteer drivers to provide transportation to seniors.
The JFS Desert Friendly Visitor program matches volunteers with seniors who are homebound or have limited mobility to provide companionship and support. The Friendly Visitor program began in 1982 and has been an important asset to seniors throughout the Valley for three decades.
Homebound seniors who are isolated are at greater risk of accelerated physical, mental and emotional impairment. The Let’s Do Lunch! program is designed to decrease isolation and increase mental stimulation by providing isolated seniors with twice monthly activities outside their home. Programs are designed to encourage seniors to interact with other participants to foster socialization. Activities include light exercises, discussion groups, informative workshops, films and entertainment by community artists. The Let’s Do Lunch! program is designed to decrease isolation and increase mental stimulation by providing for isolated seniors with twice monthly activities held at senior centers and senior apartment complexes. By engaging in activities outside their home, seniors experience greater self-esteem and the opportunity to gain meaningful friendships.