Jewish Family Service of San Diego was recognized Wednesday as the Nonprofit of the Year in the 78th Assembly District for efforts to assist migrants seeking asylum at the border.
“The example set by Jewish Family Service has reflected a true sense of values and provided inspiration for our region,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria in announcing the recognition.
“Their leadership role with the Rapid Response Network, providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of asylum-seeking refugees, not only gives shelter, but also helps avoid a health and safety crisis in San Diego,” he said.
Led by JFS, the Rapid Response Network has helped thousands of migrants released on the streets of San Diego find shelter with friends and relatives elsewhere in the United States.
Gloria noted that JFS also “stepped forward to provide sanctuary for the grieving” following both local and national gun violence tragedies.
At a ceremony in the state Capitol, JFS CEO Michael Hopkins and Board Chair Marie Raferty accepted the recognition from the California State Assembly.
Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service has grown into one of San Diego’s premier social services organizations.
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