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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Met Council is one of New York?s largest human services agencies, providing critical services to more than 100,000 New Yorkers in need. We are unique in providing the city?s more than 350,000 poor and near-poor Jewish New Yorkers with outreach and services including crisis intervention, career counseling, affordable housing, a kosher food pantry, family violence services, home care, immigration services, facilitated enrollment, capacity building, legal services, and clothing and furniture donations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 New Yorkers of all ages, races and ethnicities throughout New York City

Geographic areas served: NYC-Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island

Programs: * Capacity Building - Building capacity for grassroots social services agencies * Career Services - Career advancement through mentoring & training * Crisis Services - Help in financial, emotional & health emergencies * Health Outreach - Helping families apply for free and low-cost healthcare * Home Care - Assisting seniors with essential daily living tasks * Home Services - Providing clothing, furniture & help with home repairs * Housing - Promoting poverty prevention by providing quality housing * Immigrant Initiatives - Helping immigrants apply for citizenship & legal residence * Kosher Pantry - Delivering over 4.5 million pounds of kosher food annually

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is not a responsible organization, they do not have any responsibility to the people, all they do is enrich themselves. If you want to work in this "organization", I give you my advice, do not waste your valuable time.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its an incredible service that the met council provides to the poor and the needy. The amount of assistance and the way in which it is provided is inspirational! Thanks

3 Nazareth Housing

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've joined an organization that was fortunate enough or receive a grant from Met Council for our Family Advancement Mentors (FAM) Project. My experience with Met Council to date has been fantastic. They have at all times shown a level of professionalism and warmth and kindness at all meetings and workshop that have lead to a great collaborative environment. "

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Renee St.Lewis, I am a divored Mother of two teenagers, that found herself without a job, and dealing with an eviction process. At Met Council, I was given help through the Career Center, they helped me with Computer skills, and made three resumes from the one original resume I had. I had been searching for 8 months for a job, any Job. Once I got my new resumes, I found a job 2 weeks later as a Production Coordinator for "Talbots". And it doesn't end there... Met Council also helped me with clothes for my new job through "Dress for Success", And again, it doesn't end there, Met Council also covered this months rent for me. Met Council has help me start a new life, I am deeply grateful to Jessica Polsky and Tonya Melendez for all of their help, May God Bless all of the Staff Members of Met Council!!! Sincerely, Renee St.Lewis

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Met Council staff (especially Ms. Dublin) is very efficient, courteous, and cooperative. I have a lot of appreciation for their efforts to make their residents safe and comfortable.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This agency is the best! Temima helped my sister and father navigate through an arduous process, and the result is that my dad is so happy in his new apartment. Getting him in there would not have been possible without the of the Metropolitan Council. My family and I are deeply grateful for all the support, time, and consideration given to my father.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I know Met Council has many missions beyond the housing they help provide to the elderly. But, I want to attest to the fact that that mission alone is an absolute life saver. This past spring my mother moved into their building on East 46th Street. I moved in with her for a few weeks to help her get settled, explore the neighborhood, etc.. Frankly, it had to be the most challenging time for the building, the administrators and the staff – new construction and new enterprises always carrying with them multiple glitches. However, everyone involved with overseeing the apartments were wonderful. I have to especially single out Jay Flores, the building superintendent. We called; he responded. He was always adamant that if there was any problem we should never hesitate to contact him. He even gave us his cell phone number so that he’d never be unavailable. This apartment was an enormous gift for my mother. The fact she isn’t Jewish makes the gift all the more profound and generous. For her, independence is a great part of her personality. She was at risk of losing that when the Met Council came into her life. The apartment meant the return to her own home, and her health and her attitude took a dramatic turn. Just before moving into the apartment she was laid up for a few weeks. Because of this she had become unsteady on her feet and sedentary. Before I left town, just a month or so after she moved in, she and I were walking all over Manhattan! It may not have been Met Council’s intent to help an 86 year old woman regain the stamina to be able to walk up to three miles a day, albeit with the help of a walker, but they did! Housing is a basic need, but it is so much more than merely a roof over one’s head. It can mean dignity, independence, self-reliance, release of tension and worry. It can mean the difference between sitting and vegetating and vibrantly joining in life. Thank you, Met Council. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In about 2002, my washing machine flooded my landlord's apartment, and I was evicted. Met Council got me a grant for security deposit and a few months rent. The social worker I dealt with was always very pleasant, too. More recently, I used their report on Jewish poverty to provide me with statistics to bolster an article I wrote on health care reform and the Jewish community. (I'm a freelance writer.)

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern, I have been a broker for Met Council for more than 10 years. I have seen the way they are there to help the community in times of need. From the local councils that need assistance to private citizens in trouble to the Jewish community and the Senior Citizen population. They are there to help. On a personal level, a family member was assisted with their rent for the time it took to find new jobs in this down economy. They were there for them! Thank G-D for the Met Council.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a vendor for Met Council at 777 Co-Op City Blvd. for the last five years and I personally visit the site at least once a week. The Director, Ms. Pasquariello, is understanding, thoughtful and respectful. Not just to her vendors, but also the residents and their families. She is supportive to my staff and I am informed that you can find her at the site at night, weekends, holidays, etc. Having met most of the residents at the facility, I find it amazing that Ms. Pasquariello's patience seems to be unflinching and infinite. The facility is immaculate. The residents all seem to be content and it is always a pleasure checking in with the site.