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NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster

Rating: 4.97 stars   154 reviews 7,711

Address:

4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S St. Louis Park MN 55416 USA

Mission:

NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster is a 501(c)(3) volunteer organization providing clean-up and recovery assistance to homes and community spaces affected by natural disasters. Guided by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, performing good acts, and helping the stranger, NECHAMA offers a helping hand in the spirit of goodwill and creating mutual respect and understanding among people.

Results:

In the past 3 years, we've assisted over over 1,100 homes or community spaces, provided leadership to over 3,700 individual volunteers, provided 93,000 total hours of service, and provided $3.6 million worth of services to disaster-stricken communities.

Target demographics:

Disaster Survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year:

~340 households with cleanup assistance and/or repair and rebuild services.

Geographic areas served:

General United States

Programs:

Direct assistance to disaster survivors in the form of mobilizing volunteers to provide cleanup services following a natural disaster event.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

It's a difficult to understand disasters and the aftermath. We see them on cable stations and our local news stations. Homes that are ripped from foundations in tornadoes, buildings bought to rubble in earthquakes, tsunamis that roar through villages leaving death tolls that become just a figure. That is till you're in one. Pictures don't show the smell of mold and tears of many too proud to realize that our lives are forever imprinted with a nightmare.

My name is Liz Treston, I live in Long Beach, NY. October 29, 2012 seems so distant for many that did not have the Atlantic come surging through it's city and front door. We were lost, devastated by the sheer destruction. We're also stereotypical New Yorkers. We wanted things fixed and back to normal the next day. We were in for a sad awakening.

I don't know how we met. I was helping my neighbors gather information from disaster relief groups. There were many names. There are many souls upon this planet given a calling that says I refuse to let others give up. There will be hope and a tomorrow.

My hope and a number of souls came to City, in a white van with NECHAMA written on the side. My family was assessing our damage. It was cold. We were lucky in many ways no one was hurt. The van stopped at my house. I was expecting another offer a water and a meal as I protected myself in a cocoon of uncertainty.

"We're here to help", said a young man. His face clean shaven and his hands with recent callouses.
"Think we're okay". I knew their were others who were in worse shape then myself. When you're in the thick of the guts of your house laying in the street you don't think clearly. You worry about others. Maybe this man saw my soul. He slipped me a card and said to call when I was ready. I gave him the names of neighbors that I knew needed more help.

That's what happens. You see kindness and a glimmer of a sense that things will be okay.
In a few months it will be 4 years since Superstorm Sandy slid up from the South and stole out houses. It never stole our souls though because of the men and women from places that come to post disaster areas like NECHAMA.

I hope that you can give to this incredible selfless group. You truly never know when a disaster will come. I am glad to know that when the water recedes NECHAMA will be there for you.

When the water did recede in Long Beach I became an active member in learning and disseminating information. With the guidance of Dorothy Maples and others from the Long Term Recovery Groups we started our own non-profit to help our residents prepare for future emergencies. Again without NECHAMA and it's continuous efforts across boundaries and borders too many souls will feel lost. Help them let those in disaster areas find their way home.

 
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NECHAMA is hands down the BEST nonprofit I've worked with! I'm currently working for NECHAMA as a Team Leader down in Baton Rouge and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I first worked with NECHAMA earlier this year in St Louis while I was in NCCC and couldn't wait to join them again. The staff are the most selfless, caring, organized, and dedicated people I have ever met and same goes for the volunteers that they recruit along the way. It has been a blessing and I am very humbled to be here and to be a part of such a huge effort here in Baton Rouge. Looking forward to working with them again in the future!

 
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I have just returned from working with NECHAMA, gutting homes in Baton Rouge. It was an absolute wonderful and challenging experience. My goal was to contribute, in some small way, to the flood victims. I was very fortunate to find NECHAMA because they were very effective and efficient in their actions. The leaders of this organization certainly exemplify their mission, giving comfort and aid selflessly. They work very hard to walk the talk. The passion, spirit and dedication of the organization is giving flood victims a sense of hope in the aftermath of their tragedy. Please contribute in some way to this organization. It tore me up to have to leave and return to my other responsibilities, but I will return to these wonderful people and their effort.

 
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I have volunteered with Nechama three separate times within the last year and will be more than happy to volunteer with them again whenever I can. They are a great organization starting with their leadership who are knowledgeable and hard working down to the volunteers they bring in who are always willing to come back because it was such a good experience.

Volunteers of any skill set can volunteer here and make a difference, Nechama has all the tools and leaders who are great and willing to teach. Along with providing housing Nechama makes volunteering easy and cost effective.

Disasters are never good but Nechama has the people, tools and knowledge to make a difference in survivors lives. All they need are more volunteers. Be a volunteer, be the difference, I guarantee you will want to come back again and again!

 
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We partnered with NECHAMA to bring a group of Boston youth to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for a week-long service trip in April 2015. The NECHAMA staff and volunteers were the definition of excellence. Each and every one of them were professional, dedicated, and friendly. The youth quickly bonded with NECHAMA, which led to an empowering and unforgettable experience for them. Thank you, NECHAMA, for providing such an enriching and engaging week of service for our teens! Read about the youths' experience here: http://southbostontoday.com/youth-ambassadors-hurricane-katrina-relief-service-trip-a-great-success/

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Long Island region was brought to its knees by Superstorm Sandy. Disaster groups like NECHAMA came to our aid and lifted us up at a very devastating time not only showing us the ropes but also helping create the organizational teamwork necessary to address such large scale impact . NECHAMA's leadership and volunteers were professional and generous, motivating and kind, productive and sincere, efficient and compassionate--the complete package. They also welcomed local, unskilled talent to assist with relief and recovery work which helped toward community resiliency. We are forever in their debt. Diana O'Neill, Executive Director, Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network

 
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NECHAMA are life savers!! My community was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. We were at a loss how to even begin to recover and rebuild. NECHAMA came in and helped restore lives. Thank you!!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This organization, and especially its members, are to be commended on their selfless work to ease the suffering of disaster victims. These people travel from one disaster to another, helping people put their lives back together. We need to thank them and enciurage them andsupport them.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I see the pictures and stories of all the good Nechama does , and I know a few of the people who serve with the organization and the have servant hearts and main goal is to help others.

 
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I worked with a disaater response organizatiln that partnered with Nechama in responding to at least 4 disasters: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, flooding in St. Louis, and tornadoes in Washington, Illinois and Moore, Oklahoma. They are an excellent organization. They have wonderful staff and dedicated volunteers, and they get a lot of work done. They are caring, compassionate, unassuming individuals who are well trained and experienced in providing services to disaster survivors. Moreover, they are excellent partners, working well with other organizations to maximize the impact of their work.

 
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