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: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I cannot begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed learning, growing and working with every single staff member at Met Council! I always say, "there is no other non-profit organization like Met Council in NYC." And it is absolutely true. The support and technical assistance our organization receives from Met Council rates well above any other I have ever worked with. If all non-profits could be like Met Council, NYC would be a much better place!

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 information they provide to non profits whose mission and vision is shared. They are always open and available to assist in any way.

Ways to make it better...

they had more money to continue developing their great capacity building programming for smaller nonprofits to benefit from.

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2009-7-01

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Bronx Jewish Community Council is an independent agency but works closely with the Met Council. They regularly help us with resources and technical assistance. For years ago, when a partner agency was unable to continue holiday package delivery to homebound elderly the Met Council helped us continue this program, and has continued to help us every year since then by supplying us with items for the 1000 food packages which are delivered by volunteers each year semi-annually.

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

Expand its efforts to feed the hungry.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Nazareth Housing has had a growing partnership with the Metropolitan Council of Jewish Poverty for the past five years. Rose Turshen and her colleagues have been great to work with in the capacity building grants we have received. Rose is intelligent, flexible and truly committed to helping partners develop their servies to reach more people in need.

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

The people we have worked with are straight-forward and eager to collaborate.

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

Professional and focused

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

Continue to reach needs that often go under-met. Their focus on housing and related services, as well as hunger issues would beenfit greatly from a $10m capital and edowment fund.

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About every month

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2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Met Council is a truly amazing organization that, among its many accomplishments, has helped other nonprofits improve the quality of their services. As the executive director of a small nonprofit called BINA, which serves hundreds of individuals with brain injury from strokes, car accidents, assaults, falls, etc., I am extremely grateful for the constant guidance and support which Met Council has given us. It would not be an exaggeration to say that, due to their assistance over the last few years, we are serving twice as many families as would have otherwise been possible. Although they are a large agency, their staff members maintain a rapport with colleagues from smaller organizations such as our own, serving as an important resource and partner in our growth. Met Council’s emails and newsletters keep us informed, as well as inspired. They have helped us obtain grants which have been instrumental to us in developing ads to attract new clients, computerizing our databases, upgrading our website, obtaining new computers, developing marketing material to explain our services … the list goes on and on. Our staff members have attended more than a dozen workshops conducted by Met Council, discussing various topics in non-profit management and growth. I believe that Met Council is the quintessential nonprofit organization. They are selfless and enormously accomplished. I am proud to be associated with them.

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

my work at BINA, an organization that helps survivors of stroke and brain injury. BINA was created with the skills and information that we developed as a result of our own experiences after a member of my family suffered a stroke at a young age.

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

absolutely everything! They have a wonderful corporate culture, and all our interactions with them have been great.

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

extremely friendly, helpful, selfless and all experts in their fields.

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

do what some organizations do with 100 million dollars. They would leverage the funds to obtain grants to complete innovative projects, greatly improving the lives of thousands of impoverished people. You can't beat their track record!

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2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Our non-profit organization received a Capacity Building Grant from the Growth Fund at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Povery for one year. In addition, I have attended numerous workshops and training events at Met Council. I can say without exception that every workshop and training event I have attended has been superb. The presenters have all been top-notch and the quality and quantity of information has always been outstanding. I cannot find words that are adequate to describe the staff. They are exceptionally compenent, caring and professional in every sense of the word. I have always found them to be very knowledgeable, helpful and eager to assist other non-profits in every way possible. I have nothing but praise for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and the work it does. It is outstanding in every way.

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

being the recipient of a grant and a participant in numerous workshops and training events

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

their professionalism and their caring.

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

incredibly competent and outstanding

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About every six months

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2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been a consultant to Met Council for over twenty years, helping them make estimates of the number and location of poor Jewish people in New York City and the adjacent suburban counties. They have consistently been a capable and intelligent group to work with. I have been impressed with their innovative approaches to their work and also their dedication to the needs of their clients.

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

The dedication and intelligence of their professional staff, especially their Executive Director and his top staff aides.

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

Provide even more help to needy Jewish families and also by helping train other New Yorkers to provide services to the poor.

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One time

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2008-1-01

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As a grant writer and development consultant for numerous non-profit organizations, I have worked with Met Council and benefitted from their services and programs on many occasions. They have done excellent studies on the Jewish poor and on Jewish youth delinquency, generating extensive statistical, demographic and other vital information on their human service needs. Met Council has served as an overhead coordinating agency for so many community councils and non-profit service organizations, providing critical services and funding resources for organizations in need. Met Council continues to meet the needs of the poor through their myriad programs and services. They also provide excellent technical assistance and management workshops that I attend and always learn something new to help me and the agencies I represent to better meet the needs of our constituents and clients. The Growth Fund has enabled so many organizations to build their capacity to serve their communities and clientele more efficiently and professionally.

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

professional, efficient and very dedicated.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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It is our pleasure to write a review for Met Council. This wonderful organization has been an integral component of the Greater New York region for many years, serving as prime innovators to provide assistance for the area’s disadvantaged populace. Met Council’s staff endeavors to heighten awareness to the plight of the less fortunate and advocate for their needs. Met Council also encourages other organizations to carry out their respective mission, and provides the necessary resources to allow this to happen. I personally have been the recipient of their assistance and support in my capacity as a non-profit administrator. They are readily available and have the wherewithal to help in significant ways. They have helped us procure several grants which have led to the expansion of our organization. It would be difficult to imagine New York without Met Council. They are an unparalleled resource and deserve to win this important recognition.

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

their significant help in receiving grants and providing training.

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

personable and professional staff.

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

the BEST!

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

They would probably give it all away, because they are very compassionate and altruistic.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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Through the Growth Fund, Met Council has provided non-profits throughout the NYC Metro area with the opportunity to expand their capacity to offer healthy marriage programs. They have offered competitive grants and excellent technical assistance to many organizations. As a Growth Fund subgrantee, our organization has been able to learn about and successfully compete for other two other major grants from the US Administration for Children and Family Services.

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

exceptionally well qualified and offered great service.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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I have interfaced with Met Council in various programs and have always been amazed with their amazing innovation and genuine drive to serve those in need. They offer much needed assistance and support to people from their food pantry, domestic violence to emergency cash assistance is always done to maintain the dignity of the individual in need.

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

providing services to those in need.

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

that continue to find ways to serve more and more people with less funds.

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

amazing.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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