Keren Simchas Chosson V'Kallah

Rating: 4.96 stars   219 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 712 Montgomery St. Brooklyn NY 11213 USA

Mission: To assist needy individuals by providing all necessities for their wedding. This includes wedding clothes, prenuptial parties, band, hall, caterer, flowers, etc. in addition, to provide furniture and other items necessary to initially set up a home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got married in 2005, my parents did not have money to help with the wedding to much and my in laws had only a bit set aside and much of that was used for them to get to the wedding from out of the country. DB helped us every step of the way. I must say as a child seeing her at weddings I was scared of her, but after my own wedding, and after the weddings of some of my siblings I'm only in awe! When she is firm with ppl. it is because she needs to be in order to make the wedding run smoothly! DB THANK YOU!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have learned from personal experience that the admin of KSCVK are honest....to say the least, and they are loving, caring and desiring to make a difference with what they do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they helped me out when I did not have money for my first child's wedding. We had been scammed, and did not have our savings, and they came through and the wedding was great. They even helped me do the wedding on that day, with all the details.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money and more staff to continue to increase their work!

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

before our first child (daughter)became engaged, we discovered that we were victims of a scam involving all the money we had saved towards our children's wedding/s. Devorah found out about it (since we live in the same neighborhood) and contacted me. She helped us out with all necessary expenses which we could not deal with at that point. We did give her money back at a later date, but she did not expect that, and was willing to help us in any way she could. She saved us in our situation, we didnt know what else we would do

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

kindness and the willingness and desire to help a young jewish couple move on after having an appropriate wedding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give an office and a secretary, a specific work computer, and all necessary accessories to make things more organized and effective.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Devorah's warmth and enthusiasm in wanting to help us,and her personal touch to all involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and kind and devoted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go far, but also needs staff that will be organized and work together well to continue the work it is doing.

Ways to make it better...

Devorah would have the finances to have a secretary or a proper office with which to expand and organize the work

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money ! (and some organizational skills)

One thing I'd also say is that...

Devorah's husband and children are just as kind and devoted and wonderful!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

Keren Simchas Chosson V"kallah is an amazing organization. They help brides prepare for their wedding day so they will be able to relax and get ready for the rest of their lives in a happy mind frame.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Keren Simchas Chosson V"kallah really helped out my relative who had no mother to help her. They took care of all her needs, making sure she had a fully stocked home ready to roll before she got married. It helped her so much and she still talks about how wonderful they were to her!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am very pleased with the way it is run!

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Devorah is always helping someone at their wedding or before. When my sister in law was engaged, about a year and a half ago, she helped raise money to cover many expenses that she had for her wedding, and made her feel special by buying her things just for her that she needed as well. Thank you Devorah!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Giving to the fullest, always ready to help someone in need, whether they have the funds at hand or not. If the funds are not available they will even commit and go raise the funds as soon as they could!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

D.B. made my daughter's wedding a living H-ll. She was continually trying to get money out of me, and she knew I had none. Every couple of days my daughter would call me, weeping, because D.B. had told her that something else had to go - like flowers, music, etc. I can't agree that my role was client served. It was more like being shoved into a scam. Meanwhile, why are these young women being shoved into bad marriages?!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how badly DB made my daughter feel.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

People were honest, presented the costs and bills, instead of keeping it a secret and trying to squeeze us for more money then it cost.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

When we got married, 36 years ago, it was a "hole in the wall" affair, Crown Heights had no organization that offered a hall, flowers, band, caterer. I was deliriously happy with my husband but bereft of all the simchas choson v kallah I'd dreamed about. Now, everytime I go to one of KSCVK's weddings, I think Hashem and the Benjamins for the proper setting for these 2 jewels.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

nothing else pulls the whole community together

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask Devora for guidance

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the total love of giving - so many of us say "what's in it for me?" When we see the undiluted joy of KSCVK, the relief on the faces of the bubbys and zeidys, the joy of the choson & kallah, we all feel YOUNG again!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sensitive, calming, efficient, "to the point," caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

light a torch of Chesed that would illuminate the world

Ways to make it better...

I was Devora's sister - or mother!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a economy being ruined by enough money in Washington

One thing I'd also say is that...

Moshiach Now!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

We had limited funds and this was our first wedding. In addition the wedding was in Brooklyn, we live in Pittsburgh. We were very anxious, which is not the way one should celebrate one's child's wedding. After sitting with Devora Benjamin at breakfast, we came away feeling completely comfortable that we can do this with joy and bottom line be able to afford such a milestone event in our child's life. We have more children after this and feel confident that she will be there to help us then as well. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all involved coming away with a good feeling that they got through it alive

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

we all feel respected

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

giving, non-judgmental

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fund all that wealth into making this a more far-reaching organization possibly creating its own resources - One stop shop

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Our community and beyond knows that KSCVK is there to offer advice support, practical help both monetarily and emotionally because they recognize the challenges one faces in planning a wedding. They care about every detail involved because they see each person who comes to them as individuals with their own unique needs. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff of behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the happy couples, calm parents, well run weddings

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their down to earth friendly concerned approach

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive, upbeat, on the go, true to their word

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to provide more services to their clients and serve a broader clientele.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

So many young people need a proper start in married life and have no family support. KSCVK is like the most supportive family, mentor, and best friend rolled into one! (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lots of happy couples, living in a dignified, simple manner

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I'm secure they use every penny to help the recipients!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and loving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure even more kids have a proper start in life!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This wonderful organization helped and helps many many young couples, helps them to arrange and pay for their wedding and establish their first home. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping people in the community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

friendly, honest, reliable

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very knowledgeable, supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

helped so many more needy couples

Ways to make it better...

-

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a sales girl in a store I witnessed Devorah help an orphan bride purchase clothing for her wedding. (entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive impact on the community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do a better job

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how happy they make people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful, warm and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

would be able to do 100 times more

Ways to make it better...

they had more money

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

nothing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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