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Alan SchoorMet Council Appoints Alan Schoor Executive Director and CEO 

April 15, 2015 (New York, NY) - Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”) today announced that its board of directors has voted to appoint Alan Schoor as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Schoor, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, will officially join Met Council in mid-May. He is replacing David M. Frankel, who, as previously announced, will serve Met Council through 2015 as its Executive Chairman.

“Alan’s appointment marks a great step forward for Met Council,” said Met Council Board President, Steven Price. “His 35 years of experience managing government, corporate and Jewish communal not-for-profit organizations will enhance service delivery and program development for Met Council. Over the past year, under David Frankel’s leadership, Met Council has improved governance, operational, and financial controls; developed a plan for the organization’s longstanding financial viability as an independent organization; and expanded many program areas in its portfolio — and we are eternally grateful for his service.”

“It will be an incredible honor to lead Met Council’s outstanding staff in aiding, sustaining, and empowering the neediest in our community,” said Mr. Schoor. “The organization has accomplished so much in its 42 years of service to New Yorkers, and I look forward to working with the devoted board, management, and staff in strengthening and developing its corpus of vital programs.”

Alan Schoor is an accomplished executive with broad operational and management experience in government, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Currently serving as the Senior Vice President for Operations at Touro College, he is responsible for the school’s administrative and business functions including its real estate management and development, information systems, procurement, and human resources. He previously served as Chief Business and Administrative Officer at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), where he improved clinician productivity, implemented new organizational systems and reduced administrative expenses. He also has held senior positions at Energy Investment Inc., Honeywell Inc., and the City of New York’s Department of General Services. Schoor holds a Bachelor’s degree from City College and a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College.

"UJA-Federation supports the decision of Met Council’s board to maintain an independent organization supporting the Jewish Community Councils. Alan is an experienced executive and we are pleased to have him directing Met Council’s critical work of caring for the most vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Alisa R. Doctoroff, President, UJA-Federation of New York.

"UJA-Federation is gratified by the decision of the Met Council Board and the JCCs to remain independent, and supports the choice of Alan Schoor as the new Executive Director/CEO of Met Council. Based on Alan's experience at JBFCS and Touro, UJA is pleased to have Alan directing Met Council and working with their outstanding staff," said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York.

“With the number and challenges of the Jewish poor continuing to compound, more and more people come to Met Council each day in need of help,” said Met Council Board Co-Chair, Joseph Shenker. “To address these growing needs, over the past year we launched new privately-funded meal programs; hired more social workers to assist clients in financial crisis and trained handymen to repair the homes of needy seniors; solicited applications on our new affordable housing development in the Bronx; and piloted new program models to help New Yorkers enroll in public benefits. These have been tremendous accomplishments, but we can and must do more. Alan Schoor’s experience, passion, integrity, and leadership will ensure Met Council achieves that goal.”

 

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lunchbox.jpgAnti-Hunger Advocacy Day With Food Bank 

Met Council participated in the Food Bank for New York City’s Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day in Albany.  In meetings with New York City’s delegation, Met Council and 50 agency leaders from among New York City’s emergency food providers advocated for increasing Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) funding in the Executive Budget in FY2015-16.  This funding will provide approximately 675,000 additional meals and ensure critical funding for operational support.

The day was particularly important because Met Council food pantries have seen a 15% increase in demand on our pantries from new clients and an additional increase in need from our previous clients since November 2013. With limited resources to meet the increase in demand, Met Council works to provide holistic case assistance to mitigate the harsh November reductions to SNAP for families and seniors in need.

 

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Met Council Handymen Help Holocaust Survivor 

Frida is an energetic 98-year-old Holocaust survivor. Born in Odessa, she lived in Moldova with her husband when World War II broke out. Frida’s husband immediately enlisted to fight the Nazis, while she fled to the East and enlisted in the Corps of Engineers.  During the war, Frida restored blown-up bridges and building.

Now, Frida lives by herself in an apartment building in Brooklyn.  Financial help from her granddaughter enables Frida to pay her rent and utilities.

Recently, the lighting in her bathroom broke.  After seeing an advertisement for Met Council’s Metropair in the newspaper, Frida called for help.  Immediately a handyman came and repaired the light.

“Now I know that if I have a problem in the future, I can rely on Met Council and Metropair. I don’t know what I would have done without you. G-d bless you all!”

Do you know a low income senior who needs assistance with free home repairs? Call Met Council at 212-453-9543.

 

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Met Council Client In The New York Times

The New York Times shared how Met Council and The Times readers helped the Maley family:

Maria Maley is a single mother, raising two daughters: Nicole, 17, and Danielle, 11. Danielle has severe autism and can do very little for herself. Ms. Maley was unable to afford a home computer, and Nicole traveled every day to the library or imposed upon her friends in order to complete school assignments. She spent hours away from home almost every evening — until an anonymous donor read her story as part of The New York Times Neediest Cases and bought Nicole a computer.

“It was life changing for her,” Ms. Maley said. “She’s so happy. It’s been so much stress off her.”-John Otis, The New York Times

Ms. Maley’s was one of Met Council’s four stories in the Neediest Cases campaign, which raises critical funds for New York in need. Read the full article here.

 

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Partnering With S.O.A.P. To Support Victims Of Sex Trafficking

Met Council partnered with S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) to raise awareness of human trafficking.  Volunteers participated in an interactive briefing on sex trafficking and then canvassed midtown Manhattan in efforts to reach missing children and sex trafficking victims. Met Council volunteers provided outreach materials to midtown hotels in order to find and assist missing children and sex trafficking victims. These materials included free bars of soap embedded with the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number (1-888-373-7888).

Sex trafficking is an epidemic that hurts people from every community all over the world — including American-born children.  As a result of sex trafficking, it is estimated that 27 million people, including 2 million children, are currently enslaved across the world.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact volunteer@metcouncil.org

 

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Heschel Students Volunteer

Students from The Heschel School joined Met Council for an on-going service program of learning and action. The volunteers participated in a SNAP (supplemental nutritional assistance program, formerly known as Food Stamps) budget simulation to demonstrate some of the challenges hungry New Yorkers face.

There are 1.3 million food insecure New Yorkers; one in five are children.  For many of our clients, the high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.  While, statewide, most families run out of SNAP benefits by the third week each month, a family that keeps kosher runs out by the second week.

Following the project, the volunteers assembled nutritious meals that were distributed to clients in the Lower East Side.

 

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