Anna is over 90 – she doesn’t know how old exactly. What she does know is that she depends on us to bring her a hot meal on Sundays. But that may change.
Leo is in his 80s. He’s a widower now. Some days he doesn’t see another living person because he can’t get out much. But he does get a ride on Sundays to our Sunday Senior Center, where he receives more than just a hot meal: he gets the human contact with men and women of his own age and culture that he craves. But that may change.
That may change because the reality is, we don’t have the money. Without the generosity of people like you, 1 of every 3 seniors we currently serve may be turned away because we need to raise 33% of our annual budget right away.
Anna is one of the roughly 125 seniors to whom we deliver a hot meal each Sunday. Leo is one of the roughly 235 elderly men and women who come together each Sunday at the JCCGCI’s Haber House Senior Center, near Coney Island’s famous boardwalk.
We don’t want to turn Anna and Leo away. That’s where you can help.
A donation as small as just $14 buys meals for two lonely seniors. A donation of just $49 takes care of 7 meals. Please, can you help?
Let me tell you a little more about why the Sunday program is so critical: On weekends, the government-funded senior centers that our seniors depend upon are closed. Sundays are a gap that we fill because people like you care enough to help.
Not only do our seniors receive a hot, nutritious meal, we also provide mind-stimulating and body-preserving educational and recreational programs on Sundays. In the past, our Sunday Senior Center programs and meals have been supported by private donors, foundations and other charitable programs.
And even though our programs are widely acclaimed, you’re probably aware these sources of funding are straining to support an ever-growing population of truly needy, truly deserving elderly individuals who face unthinkable daily challenges:
Our seniors live in high-crime areas. Most live alone. And most suffer from multiple chronic health conditions.
Most of the participants in our Sunday Senior Center programs are refugees from the former Soviet Union. Many are disabled. And most are Holocaust survivors, doing the best they can here in Brooklyn at the end of their lives, still haunted by the horrors of their youth.
With deepest thanks and an earnest promise that your kind donation will be directed to the elderly residents who need it most, I remain sincerely yours.
Rabbi Moshe Wiener, Executive Director
P.S. Without your help, we will have no choice but to cut about 5,818 meals for 120 seniors.
So we’re thankful for every dollar you can spare because every $7 you donate empowers us to provide another Sunday meal and another proof that generous individuals like you haven’t forgotten our most vulnerable elder neighbors.
P.P.S. A generous benefactor has promised to match all gifts from new donors and past donors who didn’t contribute last year! If you did donate last year, he’ll double any amount you donate that exceeds last year’s donation. There’s never been a better time to make a contribution, so thank you in advance for making the most generous donation you can!