– By special guest contributor to JBBBS blog, Director of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Anti-Poverty Initiative, Lori Silver
CJP is pleased to partner with JBBBS on a new, comprehensive initiative to provide direct support for individuals and families in our Greater Boston Jewish community who are in, or at risk of, severe financial hardship.
We are increasing resources at our partner agencies, helping to coordinate client services and raising awareness about Jewish poverty. As a central part of this initiative, CJP has established a toll-free “warmline” (1-800-CJP-9500) to serve as the primary entry point to the full spectrum of social services offered by our partner agencies for families and individuals in financial distress. A robust range of services is available, including mentors, emergency financial assistance, food assistance, career assessment and job search support, help with public benefits and more.
JBBBS is playing a major role in the initiative by developing a new, targeted outreach program that will connect with more Jewish children in Greater Boston who need help. In addition, JBBBS is collaborating with our partner agencies to deliver coordinated support and services to families.
“We really appreciate the importance of this initiative,” said JBBBS President & CEO, Harvey Lowell. “Here, we’re up against the myth that Jewish poverty doesn’t exist and the reality that it does. We see it every day in our work, and our success depends on identifying children and families in need, helping them overcome the stigma that’s sometimes still associated with seeking support and providing them with resources to meet their needs. Our whole community is stronger when they are.”
In past three years, CJP partner agencies (JBBBS, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, JVS and Yad Chessed) helped more than 3,800 members of the local Jewish community in financial distress. We believe many more people are in need. To get help, donate, or learn more about the CJP Anti-Poverty Initiative, please visit the Initiative’s website.