Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc.
November 11, 2009
Our story begins over four years ago when Alison and myself were attending counseling at WJCS in Yorktown Heights. Alison firmly believed that private and group counseling would bring her some peace emotionally though her emotions were taking a terrible toll on her physically. I originally had my doubts. It became a gradual undertaking for me to go to counseling. Throughout our marriage, Alison was confronted with continual physical hardships and I found myself as her daily caregiver. Believe me, I did not mind. I did not know at the time, I was lost in Alison's frightening world. My life was her life. Here we were trying to gain our individuality, yet we were hopelessly co-dependent on each other.
We were making some headway thanks to our counselors, Jillian Desidideria(?) and Lisa Peltin(?) Little did either of us know that our world would come crashing down. During our counseling at WJCS, we found out that Alison had incurable lung cancer. Devastation doesn't even come close to how we felt. And believe me, we both needed help. During the agonizing months ahead The Westchester Jewish Community Services became our strength, our guide, our support. As I look back, it was all too surreal. I will always be grateful for their continual assistance....when nothing made sense. Such comforting people as Rabbi Pamela Wax and counselor Nicki Weiss would come to our home on a weekly, and often on a daily, basis as the days slowly ebbed away for both of us. Just to sit down and talk with us, to make suggestions, to understand who we were. Alison knew way before I how WJCS was able to assist us with that trying and unbearable journey. I look back at those months, which seemed like days, to know how comforting they were. Alison died on October 10, 2006. She was always worried about me because that was her way. Ali would have been very proud to know that I continued to go to counseling; I must say that it has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. My heartfelt appreciation goes to Jillian and Lawrence Goodman, both of whom are no longer with WJCS. I truly do not know where I'd be today. It is not easy to live the words, "I must move on......." It is much easier said than done. Granted, the pain is no less than the day Alison died.......but I have moved on .....with greater awareness of my needs and what is important to me. Now the story comes full circle. The people at WJCS not only helped me through my agony, but I have finally found myself. And I am thankful for this.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my counseling sessions and in my life
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the comaraderie, the esprit de corp, the togetherness among people
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
gracious, forthright and very focused
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
make this world a much better place to live and share
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & I received counseling and broadened my horizons.