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The Mission of Jewish Family Service of the 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 at (760) 325-4088.



Senior Lunch Program

Since 1999, Solutions For Seniors 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.

Solutions for Seniors is open to those who are 60 and older of all faiths and economic levels. Many of the seniors in the program are homebound and live on a fixed income.



JFS provides a wide range of counseling services to individual adults, couples, families, children, adolescents, and seniors. Our Counseling Program deals with a diversity of issues and helps people face life’s challenges through skills building, coping strategies and other methods. These issues include mental illness, anxiety, depression, partner/marital conflict, divorce, death and grieving, domestic violence, alcohol and drug addiction, illness, job stress, child abuse, and senior abuse, among others.


JFS Express

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.  


Friendly Visitor

The JFS 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.


Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind is knowing your loved one is safe and healthy. For one low monthly fee, our care managers who specialize in geriatric care, provides a home assessment of your loved one,
develops a personalized care plan and provides monitoring of deterioration in physical, mental or emotional condition enabling early intervention before it reaches a crisis stage. Our care managers work closely with service providers and medical professionals and provide continued consultation with family members.

In addition, companionship visits are provided by our highly trained home visitors as well as transportation services to medical appointments or errands twice monthly. This program is especially designed for families who reside out of the area and want to have Peace of Mind knowing their loved one is safe and well cared for.


Let's Do Lunch!

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 homebound 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 benefits of the program include a decrease in isolation and loneliness as well as reducing symptoms of depression and dementia among seniors. By engaging in activities outside their home, seniors experience greater self-esteem and the opportunity to gain meaningful friendships.

Let’s Do Lunch! is offered free of cost at Joslyn Senior Center and two senior housing developments. Lunch and transportation services are provided.


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490 South Farrell, Suite C-208, Palm Springs, CA 92262 • phone (760) 325-4088 • fax (760) 778-3781 • © 2016