Thankyou.jpgThe Entire Met Council Family Sends A Big Thank You To All Our Supporters!

Whether you donated, advocated, volunteered, or helped spread the word about Met Council’s mission, we appreciate all you’ve done to help us continue to provide services to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers we aid, sustain, and empower each year.

We look forward to continue working with you in 2015!

 

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Fourth Met Council Client To Be Featured In The New York Times

The person on the other end of the line that day last summer could hear how desperate Susan Bowers sounded.

This was her story: Her mother had died a few months earlier, and Ms. Bowers had realized that she could not afford the apartment they shared in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She had found a less expensive studio on Staten Island. But after paying the security deposit and the first month’s rent, and then some leftover expenses as she cleaned out the Brooklyn apartment, as well as her moving expenses, she had run through her savings. Financially, she was at the breaking point.

The voice at the other end said, “I have a number for you.” It was the cellphone number for Devorah Weiss.

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featurednyc_img.jpgMet Council Client Featured In The New York Times

The last 11 years have been harsh and humbling for Maria Maley, and whatever years remain to her seem certain to be the same.

“I’m not deluding myself,” Ms. Maley, 52, said. “This is what it is. This is what it’s always going to be. I’m always going to be a single parent struggling. My daughter is always going to be sick. I’m always going to be in this situation.”

Her declaration is made without contempt or self-pity; it is a clinical recitation — an acceptance — of her life, which has only bolstered her love for her daughters, Nicole, 17, and Danielle, 11.

Danielle has severe autism and can do very little for herself. She has to be bathed, dressed and groomed, and can barely communicate, often speaking in single-word statements.

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si_brielle_img.jpgThe Staten Island Advance Covered Met Council's Latest Housing Development

The Staten Island Advance praised The Brielle at Seaview, as a “122-unit, assisted-living facility for seniors promises to be a very special place when it opens in the spring”.

To showcase the new facility, Met Council held a community preview event for The Brielle at Seaview, a new, state-of-the-art, fully licensed assisted living facility that will open in Staten Island’s Willowbrook neighborhood in spring 2015. Developed by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council), and managed by FilBen Group, the facility will provide a much needed home for the borough’s growing senior population.

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To Prepare For The Cold, Met Council Handymen Provide Essential Home Repairs

As the temperatures began to drop this winter, congregation members grew concerned over the safety of their Rabbi’s home.  He was devoted to his community, but at 88-years-old he was no longer able to care for his home.

To help the frail Rabbi age in place and live safely and independently in his own home, handymen from Met Council’s Project MetroPair visited his home to provide minor home repairs.  At no cost to the Rabbi, the handymen fixed the door locks, doorknobs, the outside door alignment, electricity outlets and kitchen cabinets.

In response to the repairs, the Rabbi responded, “the handyman who worked in my home was both hard-working and efficient. Your program has made a much needed improvement to the quality of my daily life”.

If you or someone you know is in need of minor home repairs, please call 212-453-9542.


Met Council's Chief Program Officer Wins Social Workers Award

The National Association of Social Workers, New York Chapter, awarded their Emerging Leaders Recognition to Nicole Doniger. As Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Chief Program Officer, Nicole has demonstrated exemplary leadership in redesigning Met Council’s social service departments to better serve the tens of thousands of needy New Yorkers across the five boroughsThe NASW National Awards recognize leaders in the profession and in our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics. 

“Nicole has devoted her career to creating solutions to end the cyclical effects of poverty,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel.   “Because of her devotion and leadership, as well as the extraordinary progress she has catalyzed at our organization, we are extremely proud of Nicole’s well deserved recognition.”

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