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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We a kosher food provider that delivers food to Met Council on West End Avenue. During our visits we see that the guests are very happy and are treated very well by the Met Council staff. We supply them with a birthday cake and ice cream monthly to celebrate their birthdays which probably would have gone unnoticed if not for MAryanne and her staff at Met Council. It is nice to see that there are caring people in this world that truly believe in helping seniors.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Met council is a great organization. They give out food to the needy and assist people to obtain help in many other matters.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My name is Mark Anthony Brown,and I'm a afro-amercan.One day a friend told me about Metropolitan ,and it was one of the best places one can go to for help.My councilor Jessica Polsky is the best , her being so honest,with me ,and her constructive feedback ! made me see were I needed to go .And were I'm at right now school. So my God bless Jessica ,and Metropolitan Council.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife has worked at Met Council for a number of years now. During that time, she has recounted many stories about programs, services and clients helped. Each story compelling and amazing highlighting the vast portfolio of programs and services and the many miracles that the organization performs on a daily basis. Putting food on the tables of those that are hungry, creating housing for vulnerable populations, saving families from eviction, utility turn-offs and more. On many occasions, I had the opportunity to meet various Met Council staff and am truly impressed by their dedication, professionalism and caring nature. Met Council is a remarkable organization in a class all by itself.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The " Golden Years" have been misnamed as we senior citizens face increasing health problems, financial worries and far too often severe loneliness; forced to face the challenges and consequences of our declining years alone. Into this bleak and dismal picture there is some light brought by Met Council on Jewish Poverty. Here we have the loving, caring attention of devoted workers who tend to our every day needs, befriend us and guide us with their understanding and genuine affection. The Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty puts a little bit of gold back into the remaining years of our lives. Thank you Met council and may you always continue your generous and innovative programs which make the "Ungolden Years" shine a little brighter.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time I heard about the Met Council was about 2 years ago. Their dedication to their work of reaching out to poor jews, elderly, unemployed, abuse victims and breaking families is of great kindness. They provide prepared meals for thousands and thousands of families daily. The met council has taken on the project of fund raising for this expensive budget. Their financial burden is extended further in the Met Council's professional service towards rebuilding the lives of abuse victims - mothers and children. Perhaps the greatest kindness the Met Council delivers is assisting New Yorkers to no longer be in need of this organization. The Met Council helps these impoverished Jews gain financial independence - the highest level of charity, with honor. New Yorkers turn to this organization for direct relief in their times of basic need.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand, the incredible work that MET Council does through the myriad of programs/JCCs it runs across New York City. As the former liaison for a citywide elected official I interacted with countless seniors who receive hot, Kosher meals and social services because of the hard work of MET Council employees. I serve on the Board of the JCC of Canarsie (run by the incredible and passionate Rabbi Avrom Hecht) and have seen the joy on the faces of the Holocaust survivors who get physical and emotional support through MET Council. I have also spoken with members of low-income families, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who have affordable housing because of MET Council. The Council is well-run, very well organized and has dedicated staff, from caseworkers to the Executive Director and Chief of Staff, who successfully help those in need.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The Met Council frequently spams their entire lists just to get a single volunteer for a non-emergency need, or to ask us to vote for them for something. They run wasteful fundraisers full of lavish food that could go to the people they help, and their workers are non-responsive and take forever to get nothing done. I'm sure they do a lot of good, but I'm also fairly positive their organization is a wasteful mess that could be much better managed.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with caring workers who take the time out to ensure your family's needs are met at all times.