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JULIA: SUPPORTING YOUTH AT RISK

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socia...

“Every Tuesday, I volunteer at an after-school program with an amazing 11 year old girl. We do her homework and different activities together, socializing with the other children. We then eat dinner together and talk about our day, teaching her important interpersonal and communication skills.

Thanks to the community, we have the opportunity to give these children the educational support and the undivided attention that they may not receive at home. They look forward to coming, and they appreciate the balance and consistency we provide.

Those hours each week make a big difference in her life, and they make a difference in my life as well. Watching her develop the skills she needs to succeed academically and socially makes me very happy.”

Thanks to your support, Federation CJA’s funded programs helped 1,120 youth at risk to break the cycle of poverty through social services, academic support, mentorship and therapeutic counselling last year.

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MAT: ADDICTION AND RECOVERY

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I kn...

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I knew deep down that I wasn't living the life I wanted. I tried to put on a happy face and lie to family and friends, but in reality, I had lost the battle with addiction.

Thanks to the support of my family, my community, and the right therapist, I was able to get my life back on track. Today, I'm proud to be 4 years sober from all substances.

I'm now considered a trustworthy, reliable and stable person, and I'm really proud to be a productive member of society again. By sharing my story, I hope to remove the stigma that's attached to addiction and mental illness."

Last year, 8,661 people in our community received help coping with challenges and critical situations arising from addiction, abuse and stressful unforeseen events.

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THANK YOU FROM VALERIA

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of th...

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of the Jewish community and referred us to an immigration counselor. We were welcomed and we learned a lot: how to navigate the school system, how to survive the winter, and where to access services. Trying to find housing, daycare, and jobs can be very overwhelming! We also received support in completing government forms, learning how to prepare for interviews, and adapting our CVs to Canada.

Today, I'm working, my husband is studying full-time at university and we recently welcomed our second daughter. We’ve made new friends and are enjoying life in this lively city, where each season has something great to offer. We are more than grateful for all the support we received during those early stages when we needed it the most."

Last year, close to 1,700 immigrants received support services including pre-migration consulting, arrival and settlement assistance, language courses and outings to facilitate integration into the Montreal Jewish community.

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THANK YOU FROM JACK

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been ...

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been coming to Le Café since it opened in 2009, and I look forward to it each week.

Le Café is a place where I can meet new friends and old, share a meal, and be a part of the community. For some people, this hot meal makes all the difference, and no one is turned away. It’s a terrific resource in the community and I really feel welcome here.”

Since 2009, Federation CJA has served over 194,000 free, hot, kosher meals at Le Café to those in need.

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