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November 4, 2009

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November 4, 2009

I don't know what my family would do without WJCS! Both my daughter and I have been in counseling at WJCS. My daughter had some learning issues, and WJCS administered a full battery of tests. I also was in a group for recently divorced parents. Everyone that we dealt with at WJCS was highly skilled, and very helpful. This is a great organization.

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so many ways. My family has needed help. I've also met and spoken to others who say that WJCS really helped them.

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

professional, kind and extremely helpful.

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

help so many more people through their superior service delivery!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

Comments from: Lawrence Gralla 33 Rockledge Road Hartsdale, NY 10530 phone 914 472-2338 I have had severale favorable experiences with Westchester Jewish Community Services over the years. Two of them are the following. Some years ago, I was suffering from a clinical depression. A fiend suggested I see WJCS. I saw a person there, and she referred me to a specific treatment center and person at a facility in White Plains, NY. I got important help I needed, and was soon better. More recently, I became interested in a young man who had been dismissed, unfairly I thought, from his job with a large organization. I referred him to WJCS. WJCS looked into the case, accompanied him to court hearings, and got him reinstated. He is now successfully employed elsewhere. The reputation of WJCS here in Westchester County, NY, is well known and widely praised. Respectfully submitted, Lawrence Gralla

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Each timew WJCS was contacted, by myself and others I know, they have dealt promptly and successfully with the situation presented to them.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

My husband and I, long-time residents of Mount Vernon, volunteer to do occasional deliveries for the Kosher Meals on Wheels program that operates out of Sinai Free Synagogue and services homebound elderly in Mount Vernon and surrounding communities. We think this a wonderful program providing a much-needed service. The older population has a way of being neglected and falling through cracks especially when they are no longer capable of getting out on their own. This program at the very least gives them some connection to the outside community and nourishes their body and spirit.

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

easily save the world - at least the Jewish one in Westchester County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

We have been connected with the WJCS Havorah program for 16 years, hosting their Yom Kippur service for the disabled. It is always a remarkable event, thanks not only to the content, but also to the very smooth logistics. Gail Oliver does a wonderful job.

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

they handle the logistics very well, making my participation as volunteer and leader very easy. It also means that the clients are served with dignity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

WJCS has been providing outstanding services to both Jewish and non-Jewish Developmentally Disabled persons in Westchester for many years. The Holiday services and special events offer a unique opportunity for persons with DD to participate in religious and cultural activities that make them feel welcomed and a part of the community.

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

Helping Jewish persons with Developmental Disabilities participate in wonderful cultural and religious events

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 4, 2009

In my previous experience working with a nonprofit, I saw how important WJCS is to our local community. Time and again they provided vital services to patients in need. These services included both social work services and financial aid. I was always impressed by their professionalism and extraordinary efforts to serve people in need. In these tough financial times, I am glad to know that my donations go to help such a worthy organization provide these greatly needed services.

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

professional, efficient and very empathetic to the needs of those they served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

I've personally seen the effect this organization has had on the communities of Westchester; in particular, I visited one of the group homes and saw how the individuals there were so happy to have the companionship in the home and were so grateful to WJCS for their assistance.

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

extraordinarily competent, dedicated, and energetic.

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

do what it already does, but come closer to serving the incredibly large population that needs its assistance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 3, 2009

My daughter is one of six very fortunate Jewish women who reside at Chai House, a group home opened by WJCS in March 2009. Chai House not only provides a safe and caring environment, but it also enables the women to mantain their Jewish observance and traditions. My family and I are very grateful to WJCS for all that they have done and continue to do to make Chai House a wonderful place for these women to live. The planning that went into this endeavor spanned a four-year period, during which numerous meetings were held with the families and also with the community. WJCS hired a competent and caring staff for the residence, and were and continue to be responsive to all issues and concerns raised by the families. It is difficult to think of even one matter that WJCS has not dealt with in a professional and effective manner. Because of the vision and efforts of WJCS, my daughter and the other five women will live in a warm, safe, and nurturing Jewish environment for the rest of their lives.

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

the professionalism and commitment of the staff, and their willingness to work closely with clients and families to address all of our concerns.

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

intelligent, caring, and committed to making the Chai House endeavor a success.

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

open more group homes to meet the growing need for residential services and provide more outreach services to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 3, 2009

WJCS Staff at all levels continues to demonstrate how deeply they care about their clients. Seeing the smile on the faces on developmentally disabled individual who succeed at some task or are exposed to a Jewish experience is heartening. The raising of significant amounts of money (hundreds of thousands of dollars) by board volunteers to fund a group home for developmentally disabled clients, Chai House, populated by 6 young Jewish women who want to have an observant home shows how much the board cares. This agency is the go-to agency for so many of the social and mental health problems in our community. WJCS has managed to situate itself in so many synagogues and JCCs (43!) in Westchester in such a way that rabbis and synagogue lay personnel welcome them with open arms. As they say, "Kol Hakovod"!

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

simply expand its great work and serve so many more clients who are in desparate need of its services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 3, 2009

For the past four years I have worked with Gail Oliver to bring developmentally disabled residents of group homes and their caretakers to Bet Am Shalom Synagogue twice a year for a special, brief Shabbat service and kiddush lunch. Gail is a joy to work with -- caring, responsive and supportive. She makes all the arrangememtns with the group homes, and we always get a great turnout We at BAS are grateful to Gail and WJCS for enabling us to participate in this wonderful and very meaningful program.

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

the opportunity for our congregants to connect personally with group home residents and their caregivers and really live our ideals and values as a sacred community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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