Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty

Rating: 4.85 stars   99 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 80 Maiden Lane 21st floor New York NY 10038 USA

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

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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11 people found this review helpful

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

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

what I assisted a friend doing

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

none to mention totally impressed

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

How efficient and how well services are offered

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

kind, supportive and determined

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

really help

Ways to make it better...

It far exceeded expectations in all ways

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

getting more people to understand the importance

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

I am so happy to see an organization like this

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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. "

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

Very friendly, open, informative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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

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

my new job and the new start it gave me just when I thought all was lost.

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

all of the help I got with the computer skills and the "Mock Interviews" they did to halp me realize what was wrong with my resume.

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

Kind and extremely helpfull, They have so much to offer, they are the best.

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

help change the world with the support and help they give.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

I admire the dedication that the agency has for the well being of the people in its care. I appreciate the skill and efficiency of the staff members who execute the tasks necessary to ensure the well being and safety of the tenants.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

My father was served wonderfully.

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

Courtesy and professionalism.

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

Respectful.

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

Help elderly people in all kinds of ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

housing of the elderly.

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

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

the helpfulness and the dignity with which they treat their clients.

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

astonishingly helpful and available. Ms. Temima Dublin was a godsend. Without her help my mother wouldn't have an apartment. Mr. Jay Flores, manager of the building is wonderfully responsive.

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

do one heck of a lot of good. That isn't meant as a 'duh' comment. Looking over all their programs I can only say I do not see a single one that isn't vitally important to the people it is set to serve.

Ways to make it better...

the heat had worked from the start. My mother's building was new construction and the furnace gave out over an unseasonably cold, holiday weekend. Welcome to life. Stuff happens. We bought a space heater and coped. It was repaired the next week.

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

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1 person found this review helpful

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.)

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

the help they gave me in my eviction.

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

They provide many services to the Jewish community.

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

very kind and understanding

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

Reach out and connect to more people. Who knows? Maybe they'd head a health insurance co-op for Jews.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Is the professional and caring way they work with people.

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

Build housing for seniors, feed the poor, assist in housing create additional successful programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Their professionalism and effectiveness.

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

Intelligent, caring, helpful, understanding and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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