Freshly frozen meals for seniors
A Jewish Family Service of San Diego staff member arranges freshly frozen meals for needy individuals. Courtesy of JFS

Three local nonprofits providing services to needy individuals, foster youth and immigrants have been recognized by the University of San Diego for excellence in organizational governance.

The university’s Nonprofit Institute presented the 2022 Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance to Jewish Family Service of San Diego, Just in Time for Foster Youth and Border Angels.

The three were recognized in the annual budget categories of $10 million or more, over $1 million and under $500,000.

Stephen Chin, chair of the Nonprofit Institute’s advisory board, praised the three organizations for the “exceptional work of their boards in providing crucial leadership, guidance, and oversight to the nonprofits they serve.”

Jewish Family Service, which is over a century old, provides critical food assistance, support for seniors, safe spaces for people living out of their vehicles, employment services, counseling and refugee resettlement.

“The process of strengthening our governance has been one of incredible teamwork. And as we wrote the application and associated supporting materials, it was a joy to reflect on the outstanding work of JFS and the parts that our board and committees play in supporting JFS’ far-reaching and impactful work to improve the lives of people in our San Diego community,” said Board Chair Emily Jennewein.

Just in Time serves young people out of the foster-care system after age 18 who leave without a safety net or a family to assist with their transition to adulthood. It helps provide housing, education, employment, financial security, transportation and connections. 

“The strong partnership between the Just in Time board and executive leadership reflects the values and energy of the entire organization. We share that personal commitment not just to our mission but also to one another,” said Don Wells, chief empowerment officer for the nonprofit.

Border Angeles seeks to reduce the number of fatalities along the U.S.-Mexico border through education, water drops in the desert, outreach to day laborers and support for migrants and and asylum seekers.

“We want to thank USD, our incredible board, our staff, our volunteers, our supporters, and everyone who helps us continue our mission of love!” the nonprofit said.

 For the past 15 years, the Kaleidoscope Award  has recognized and promoted effective, engaged board leadership in the San Diego region’s nonprofit sector.