“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell ri...
“Imagine that you are at home, with one child playing happily on the kitchen floor, and three other children in their Jewish school. The doorbell rings and two men are standing there, a moving truck behind them, official papers in hand, stating that you have a week to leave your home. I can still feel my knees buckle when I remember that day. I was in shock. I didn't know what to do.
My cousin told me that the Jewish community would help me. I met with a social worker who listened to me with compassion and let me know that they were there to help me through my crisis. My children received therapy and visits from school workers. I received the help I needed as a mother, and kept my dignity. I learned how important it was for me to stand on my own and not be dependent on someone else. I am so grateful for the help I received at that low point in my life. This community really makes a difference.”
2,149 people in our community received crisis intervention services last year, including access to food and shelter, counseling and vital support to move from vulnerability to opportunity.
“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women...
“As a volunteer counselor at a centre for women in abusive relationships and their children, I am constantly inspired by the resilience of the women who come here to seek shelter from conjugal violence. Domestic abuse isn’t something anybody expects to experience, so it’s hard to imagine the courage it takes for these women to leave their homes and start the process of rebuilding their lives, often with young children in tow.
We provide guidance and support to help the women build their confidence and learn to love themselves, as well as safety training and referrals to other resources in the community. It is tremendously humbling to play any sort of role in these women’s journeys, and I am infinitely grateful that these resources exist in the Jewish community.”
Last year, over 4,000 of the most vulnerable members of the Jewish community received essential psychosocial support with the help of Federation CJA.
Marianna loves to perform and practice music at the JCC in Mariupol, a city of about 500,000 people in southeastern Ukraine. But, Marianna's mother El...
Marianna loves to perform and practice music at the JCC in Mariupol, a city of about 500,000 people in southeastern Ukraine. But, Marianna's mother Elena is unemployed, and her father Leonid struggles to provide for his family on his small salary. The family of three lives on $260 a month, and with the economic uncertainty throughout Ukraine, the family's financial circumstances are shaky.
Last month, happy and healthy Marianna was hospitalized after a stroke. When Leonid and Elena found themselves unable to pay for their daughter's growing medical expenses, we were able to step in through our international partners. Now Marianna is getting the help she and her family desperately need.
Last year, Federation CJA provided over $5 million in international funding to help Jews, like Marianna, in Israel and around the world.