LDO15_group.jpgSenior Volunteers Served Up A Storm With Met Council

Seniors from Engage Jewish Service Corps spent the afternoon preparing lunch for Holocaust survivors at the Boro Park Y. The volunteers were members of UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps, which connects baby boomers with opportunities to give back to the community.

As survivors age, they require additional care and culturally sensitive attention. For many of Met Council’s clients, the loss of their spouse or the transition into a nursing home can be extremely traumatic and an unwelcomed reminder of the loss and institutionalization during the Holocaust.

According to UJA-Federation of New York, there are 73,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area, and more than half live at or below the poverty level. In recent years to meet the growing need, Met Council’s Holocaust survivor program has grown in scope and capacity. Our goal is to address the distinct challenges of Holocaust survivors in a culturally competent atmosphere of respect and empathy.

Our Holocaust social work staff supports and advises a network of case workers across the City, so that they too can best serve the most vulnerable among us. Through the work of these specialists, our social services case management staff, and our local JCC network, we help clients navigate support systems, advocate for their needs and provide comprehensive case management.

For more opportunities to volunteer, please email us at


LDO15_group.jpgCampers Canvas For SNAP Outreach

Campers from Camper Ramah in New England volunteered with Met Council for a day 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. Following the presentation, the campers labeled nearly 300 water bottles with Met Council and SNAP information to increase awareness of SNAP eligibility.

In New York City alone, 700,000 people are eligible for SNAP, but do not participate in the program. 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.

Met Council’s goal through education and assistance, is to provide client friendly and dignified support to help gain access to public benefits. Last year, Met Council enrolled 11,195 families into SNAP, leveraging more than $3 million in government benefits.

For more information on SNAP enrollment, contact us at Call 212-453-9532 or email


LDO15_group.jpgWe Were Slaves Coalition Partners With UNICEF To Combat Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is an epidemic with an estimated 26 million victims — more slaves than there were during the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 19th Century. Victims come from every community, from all over the world, including American born children. Human trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal activity in the United States, where there are an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children exploited in this industry each year (Polaris Project).

We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking and UNICEF hosted Age is nothing but a number: How YOUTH can help fight human trafficking. The program included an experts panel, a performance by The Arts Effect NYC on real stories of sex trafficking and concluded with a resource fair. The night brought together leaders in the field, including: Micol Rieger, Social Worker and Advocate at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Malea Otranto, Anti-human Trafficking Advocate at UNICEF.

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met_053115_025.jpgMet Council Joins Interfaith Forum On Domestic Violence

Met Council presented at the Flushing Interfaith Council on domestic violence in the Jewish and Russian-speaking communities. The coalition came together to empower community members by educating them on the diverse available resources.

Paulina Ulano, LCSW-R, working in the Family Violence Department, provided tools and resources to help immigrant victims. The panel also discussed the important role religious leaders have of protecting victims.

The Flushing Library hosted the forum, which addressed how domestic violence manifests within Queens diverse communities. The panelists included social service providers from Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths.

Met Council’s Family Violence Program assists survivors of intimate partner and family abuse as well as sex trafficking victims with a variety of services that create safety, support healing, and promote self-sufficiency.

Click here for more information on Met Council’s Family Violence Department.


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