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Jewish Family Service Gives Seniors Free Rides for Vaccines

Plus, Golden Door spa donates $50,000 to Casa de Amparo

By Sarah Sapeda

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Jewish Family Service gives a local senior a free ride

Jewish Family Service of San Diego is offering free rides to seniors seeking COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. The transportation assistant is an extension of the nonprofit’s On the Go program, which provides volunteer rides for appointments and errands, and is open to seniors of all faiths who reside in one of 36 zip codes in North and East County.

“Many of our local seniors are homebound and don’t have access to transportation,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of JFS. “We can’t let this stand in the way for older adults who want to receive a vaccine or booster. We want people to know we’re here to help.”

Seniors or their caregivers can call 858-637-3210 at least two days in advance to schedule a ride. The organization is also recruiting volunteer drivers. Visit to learn more.

Golden Door

Kathy Karpé, Kathy Van Ness, Marilou dela Rosa, Jerry Stien, Heather Jenkins, and Sally Hickok

Golden Door wellness retreat has donated $50,000 to Casa de Amparo to help end child abuse and neglect. Casa de Amparo plans to use the funds to provide shelter, residential services, trauma-informed therapy, and transportation for kids who have been removed from their homes. Golden Door donates all of its net profits to philanthropic causes. 

“We are so grateful that our neighbors and friends at the Golden Door gave such a generous donation impacting the many children’s lives that desperately need our services,” said Kathy Karpé, director of development at Casa de Amparo. “Thank you so much to the Golden Door for your commitment to helping our Casa Kids.”


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