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Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty
October 23, 2009

The Met Council helped me and my family when we had no appropriate place for my mother. She was not ready for a nursing home and does not ever want to be dependent -- but she needed privacy and a place of her own, separate from my sister's home. It was not appropriate for her to be sharing a bedroom with a ten year old grandson. Such arrangements in space-deprived New York homes are not unusual but that doesn't make it right.... My Mom got her own apartment with the help of the Met Council and got her dignity and privacy back in the process. The experience physically and psychologically revived her. She has her independence back, at age 86. She is vibrant and taking part in community events now. We are not Jewish. We are Irish Catholics. The Met Council reaches out to all and expresses the humanity and compassion that comes out of knowing struggle and surviving it. Most of us come from backgrounds of struggle, oppression, and even attempted genocide. The Met Council embodies defiance to lose hope, a refusal to become cynical, and abiding love and generosity even in this time of constricting economy.

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

helping find appropriate housing for my elderly mother.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

they virtually took us by the hand and guided us through the steps to accomplish what we needed for my mom.

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

Wonderful. The home visit was wonderful.

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

do a lot of good work with it. Probably by a lot of property in NYC and put it back in the hands of the people who built this city and made it great. Those of us who work for this city and give sweat and tears for it would love to see that happen.

Ways to make it better...

no way -- it was the right contact at the right time -- wouldn't change a thing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably funding in this economy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & We asked for help in finding appropriate housing for my elderly mother.