DAP Health & JFS Partner to Help

Holocaust Survivors Get Vaccine

DAP Health’s vaccine framework is rooted in health equity, ensuring communities and populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have priority access to the vaccine. Outreach to our patients age 65 and over has already begun.
As we observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 recently, DAP Health humbly worked with its lifelong friends Jewish Family Service of the Desert to begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations at DAP Health for local survivors of the Holocaust. Click Here for Press Release!
Julie Hirsh, Director of Community Outreach is interviewed by reporter Peter Daut in regards to the DAP Health and JFS partnership and how providing resources and assistance to clients is their mission.
John McMullen Show Interview
John talks with Julie Hirsh on the DAP Health partnership, Cafe’ Europa, Let’s Do Lunch and clients getting the services they need.

JFS Board Member Joanne Chunowitz

I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Encino, in the San Fernando Valley. So, I guess you’d say that I was a “Valley Girl.”
I consider myself extremely lucky because I’ve had the opportunities and privilege to serve on many different boards and to volunteer for multiple organizations. Through these experiences, I learned the importance of “giving back.” Being a part of the JFS Board and being a part of the wonderful services we provide is truly a privilege and an honor.
Helping so many individuals and families overcome the devastating hardships of mental health, homelessness, lack of food and the necessities for everyday living regardless of race, religion or persuasion is truly rewarding.
With a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Reading, I worked with elementary school children. I was able to teach half time for 27 of the 32 years I taught, allowing me to continue my volunteer work and spend quality time with my two children, Jenny, now 49, and Jason, 45. The joy of seeing the success of my students becoming proficient readers was especially rewarding.
After the passing of my first husband (after 43 years of marriage), I was lucky to meet my second husband Bill Chunowitz, who is also committed to “giving back.” Bill was a founder of the second Ronald McDonald House in the world and, along with the other two founders, traveled the country to help other communities establish Ronald McDonald Houses. There are now over 380 Houses. Bill is the President of The College of the Desert Foundation, finishing his three-year term. The Foundation’s commitment to help keep students in school, especially during this difficult time, by providing funds for everyday living expenses, is truly rewarding.
Bill and I are fortunate with our positions enabling us to serve the needs of many, and I’m grateful to both COD and JFS for serving our community.
Yes! I am a very lucky lady.

JFS Photo Contest

JFS has enrolled in a photography contest through Nonprofits Insurance Alliance. Help JFS win cash prizes and publicity by casting your vote.
Cast your vote between February 2-7, 2021. Each person may vote once during the contest period.

Consider a 2021 Tribute…

They Make a Difference!

Let JFS help you honor someone special in your life by sending a unique personalized tribute card. A minimum donation of only $18.
For a Minimum Donation of $18
You’ll Support These Life-Saving Programs

Counseling for everyone

Homeless prevention

Financial aid for families and seniors

Lunches for isolated seniors in the Coachella Valley

Emergency services for our local undocumented residents

Case Management

Our experienced case managers assist in exploring resources. They assess clients’ eligibility for services and programs and can help facilitate the application process to obtain benefits and support.
Our case managers are a resource for the Coachella Valley, providing emergency financial assistance to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.
JFS also works with local and county organizations to advocate for the rights of Valley residents. The JFS case management team takes a holistic service approach, collaborating with internal departments to ensure clients’ needs are addressed. We are dedicated to making sure that mental health and basic needs issues stay front and center for our Valley citizens.
Jewish Federation of the Desert is proud to provide grants to support JFS programs in the following four categories: Senior Care Management, Ner Tamid “Eternal Light,” which is part of Café Europa, Mental Health Outpatient Treatment and Let’s Do Lunch! Also, if you have at least one Jewish parent (or converted to Judaism) and meet the criteria, you’ll be referred to JFED’s Tzedakah Fund.

Telehealth Counseling for the Entire Family

Make an appointment TODAY for telehealth counseling, or if you know someone who needs counseling or financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@jfsdesert.org or 760-325-4088.
760-325-4088 ext. 121
760-325-4088 ext. 0
760-325-4088 ext. 250

Senior Services

JFS currently provides weekly phone calls to isolated seniors, checking on both their physical and mental well-being to make sure their needs are being met. Needs such as food or medication support can be arranged.
These calls offer clients an opportunity to engage with someone outside their household. Due to the pandemic and safety concerns for both clients and volunteers, the Friendly Visitor program now offers weekly phone engagement for isolated seniors rather than in-person meetings, and the JFS Express transportation program is currently available on a limited basis.

Your IRA is a Tax-Saving Way to

Make Your Charitable Gift to JFS Desert

Your Support Helps our
Valley Survive and Thrive!
When you plan a gift to JFS Desert as part of your overall estate and financial plans, you help ensure that we’ll be here to carry out our mission for many years to come. If you are 70.5 years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit JFS Desert and receive tax benefits in return.
Your gift will be put to great use today, allowing you to see the difference your donation is making.
For More Information: Cheryl Scarlett, 760-325-4088 ext. 107, or by e-mail

How JFS Desert Provides Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JFS By the Numbers:

– Our counselors have provided over 5,000 individual therapy sessions since the pandemic began.

– Our amazing case managers have provided over 3,600 services and referrals providing $80,000 in support directly or by connecting clients to services.

– JFS has received over 4,000 calls for case management service.

Visit the JFS Resource page on the website, which provides valuable information that can steer you toward the specific help you need whether it is Emergency Housing, Food Assistance, Crisis Hotlines, and more!