About Us

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Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone who is going through a “rough patch” and would like additional support. We are a Jewish organization but do not discriminate based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or socioeconomic status. We support and promote, in the context of Jewish values, the healthy development of individuals, families and communities on Vancouver Island.

We are entirely supported by donations and are an all-volunteer organization.  Our emphasis is on helping people to get “back on their feet” and to reduce the social isolation that often accompanies difficult life circumstances.

Who are we? JFSVI has a board of directors which oversees operations and helps run our programs throughout the year. Our board is comprised of volunteers from various walks of life, including teachers, social workers, spiritual leaders, business leaders and everything in between.

Who do we serve? Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island currently assists many families, seniors and other individuals each month with food subsidies and several times a year we provide gift cards and hand deliver holiday gift packages to help celebrate the Jewish Holidays. We provide assistance to a small group of Holocaust survivors and administer reparation money from Germany.

OUR MISSION

Guided by the wisdom and values of our Jewish tradition, the Mission of Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is to provide supportive services that will strengthen families, children and individuals within the context of their unique needs and traditions.

Core Values:

❖ JFSVI does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, or socioeconomic status.

❖ To fulfill the commandment, “Tikkun Olam”, ‘repairing the world’— by helping one person at a time.

❖ To follow the Talmud, a sacred text, saving one person is equal to saving an entire world.

❖ In keeping with Judaism’s highest form of charity, (when the giver and recipient do not know each other), to protect the privacy of those we serve, and to protect the anonymity of individual donors.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES  1) Do you offer ongoing financial help?  A: Currently we offer emergency food subsidies for a period of two years, with an option to extend up to a maximum of one year in special circumstances. We also provide referrals to additional community resources, including financial assistance, and government benefits programs.  2) What …