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
I turned to the Met council a few times in the past few years when I had to find furniture/bedding for new immigrants to our community. In one case, a new family to our community had to leave their apartment immediately because their children were getting bitten by bedbugs. Met council provided brand new beds as well as furniture for them in a new apartment that we found for them. In another instance, they provided bedroom furniture for a newly arrived family. They were a real life saver.
We painted the apartment of one of Met Council's clients, so he could qualify for public benefits. Getting to help a person and see actual results was very rewarding for everyone involved. It's great that Met Council provides their clients with whatever they need to get back on their feet, and does this not only through their own services, but also through getting volunteers involved.
Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty is an outstanadinig organization that performs many, may indispensable services to a wide variety of sectors in the entire metropolitan area. Their staff is dedicated and devoted and works around the clock to help those in need. They deserve the highest praise.