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Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty
October 29, 2009

I know Met Council has many missions beyond the housing they help provide to the elderly. But, I want to attest to the fact that that mission alone is an absolute life saver. This past spring my mother moved into their building on East 46th Street. I moved in with her for a few weeks to help her get settled, explore the neighborhood, etc.. Frankly, it had to be the most challenging time for the building, the administrators and the staff – new construction and new enterprises always carrying with them multiple glitches. However, everyone involved with overseeing the apartments were wonderful. I have to especially single out Jay Flores, the building superintendent. We called; he responded. He was always adamant that if there was any problem we should never hesitate to contact him. He even gave us his cell phone number so that he’d never be unavailable. This apartment was an enormous gift for my mother. The fact she isn’t Jewish makes the gift all the more profound and generous. For her, independence is a great part of her personality. She was at risk of losing that when the Met Council came into her life. The apartment meant the return to her own home, and her health and her attitude took a dramatic turn. Just before moving into the apartment she was laid up for a few weeks. Because of this she had become unsteady on her feet and sedentary. Before I left town, just a month or so after she moved in, she and I were walking all over Manhattan! It may not have been Met Council’s intent to help an 86 year old woman regain the stamina to be able to walk up to three miles a day, albeit with the help of a walker, but they did! Housing is a basic need, but it is so much more than merely a roof over one’s head. It can mean dignity, independence, self-reliance, release of tension and worry. It can mean the difference between sitting and vegetating and vibrantly joining in life. Thank you, Met Council. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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

housing of the elderly.

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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...

the helpfulness and the dignity with which they treat their clients.

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

astonishingly helpful and available. Ms. Temima Dublin was a godsend. Without her help my mother wouldn't have an apartment. Mr. Jay Flores, manager of the building is wonderfully responsive.

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

do one heck of a lot of good. That isn't meant as a 'duh' comment. Looking over all their programs I can only say I do not see a single one that isn't vitally important to the people it is set to serve.

Ways to make it better...

the heat had worked from the start. My mother's building was new construction and the furnace gave out over an unseasonably cold, holiday weekend. Welcome to life. Stuff happens. We bought a space heater and coped. It was repaired the next week.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & My mother lives in one of the buildings owned by the Met Council.