I have been volunteering with Yad Ezra for the past 6 months. I have loved every minute of it. The fellow volunteers are so sweet and kind and the clients are very appreciative. I have worked in other nonprofit establishments, and rarely do you get to interact directly with the clients like you do at Yad Ezra. It is a very rewarding experience.
I and my husband are getting help from Yad Ezra Kosher Food Pantry in Berkley for more than 5 years now. We impressed by the way this non-profit branch operated. All staff and volunteers are treated us with respect and dignity at most friendly manner and very helpful in choosing for us one particular kind product from what is available on a shelves. And there are always some "extras" like fresh vegetables and fruits etc. and other "goodies". The place is always clean and the whole process is well organised even in most crowded evenings before Holidays. And there is always some thing special (including information about particular Holidays). We feel privileged to be under care of such a thoughtful people at a time when we in need.
We wishing them all the best in their life.
Zarema and Valeriy Sandler
I started working with Yad Ezra through our synogogue several years ago. We started out delivering meals to home bound clients. We enjoyed helping people that were not able to travel to get the food themselves.
Now I am working at the main building assistings the mobile clients with getting their food. It is very gratifying to see the quality of the food as well as the quanity that each person gets to sustain them through the month.
There are a varity of things to do and the people I work with are lots of fun.
I have been volunteering at Yad Ezra for the past 5 years. I cam to Yad Ezra because of my feeling of the importance of providing food for those who has none. What I found here was a warm collaboration between staff and volunteers all directed towards serving an ever growing clientele.
I am a retired school teacher. Volunteerism was something I knew I would do once I had more free time. I feel so rewarded with this job. I have met the most incredible and kindest people I have ever known. From the workers to the clients to students who volunteer their time...everyone is an important part of the plan. I am humbled and honored to serve those in need at Yad Ezra.
Yad Ezra is the epitome in the concept of "giving back". Our community takes care of those in need. I have volunteered here for over ten years and know that those we help are very grateful for the food they receive. Every client is treated with dignity and respect. Every day at Yad Ezra is a good day.
I am extremely impressed with how Yad Ezra is run. Everyone is treated with the upmost respect. I feel privileged to volunteer there!
After volunteering for two years at Yad Ezra, I have the utmost respect for all that they do. They seem to be very financially responsible, in that there is a limited number of paid staff. There are a great deal of volunteers who gladly perform many diverse tasks.
Yad Ezra is a food kosher food pantry for the entire community. It even services the Flint area.
It is a real honor to be involved with such a wonderful organization.
I has been a pleasure to come to Yad Ezra for the past 2 years. I believe this organizations provides food for so many people in need.
It has been a privilege to help distribute food to those who do not have adequate sources of food. I have witnessed the way the privacy and dignity of Yad Ezra is handled.
This organizations serves a very special population of kosher-oberservant Jews in the Oak Park, Berkley and Southfield area. The volunteers work to make every clients experience one of dignity. When circumstances are reversed, several clients become new volunteers themselves. It is a smooth process and the clients help themselves to groceries, fresh fruits and vegetable, basics such as sugar and flour, and even fresh poultry when it is available. The Executive Director and the Board make efficient use of resources and are well regarded in the communities they serve.
There aren't many things that are nobler then feeding those that have a hard time doing it on their own. Yad Ezra does it with respect to dignity, while preserving the age long culture and tradition of Kashrut. It achieves it by mobilizing the community in support of such an honorable cause though giving and volunteer participation second to none. For twenty years we have consistently increased the level and amount of support to those in need, while improving our own fiscal stability and operational efficiency.
Wonderful group, well organized, innovative, and effective in setting and meeting goals. They're very good about using monetary gifts wisely, and their physical warehouse is beautifully kept. It's not easy to run a food program, and it's even tougher when the laws of kashrut must be observed in addition to ordinary governmental regulations. Yad Ezra does a great job of following both sets of rules.
The most effiecint non profit I have ever volunteered for!
As a former board member who has served on many non profit boards I can attest that Yad Ezra is probably the most financially efficienct, caring and most considerate of it's clientel's needs and dignaty of any organization I have ever had the pleasure of serving on. From it's staff (very few) to it's multitude of volinteers (many).
I have been involved with Yad Ezra for quite a number of years, and have seen it go from a fledgling organization to one which continues to have great impact on our Jewish community. The organization has expanded its services from primarily a food bank to providing school breakfasts and lunches while teaching good nutrition to the students its serves. These meals include fresh fruits and vegetables not normally a part of the students' diets. Yad Ezra has also provided toiletries and other goods in insure a healthy environment for its clients. I am amazed that Yad Ezra continues to increase its services to its ever-growing numbers of clients through the use of countless volunteers.
I have been a volunteer for the past five years and before that the company I work for was actively involved in donating food from grocery chain which has gone out of business. The clientel are treated with respect and as a person who deals with them regularly, they become like your friends. The volunteers are caring and the staff are generous with their time. My wife and I are also regular donors and supporters. This has to be one of the best forms of tikun olam.
As a volunteer and a long-time donor to Yad Ezra I have found it to be one of the most successful organizations I have encountered. They treat their clients with dignity and respect; they secure the best values so they maximize the purchasing power of donations; and they involve all levels of their community - children, adults and seniors - in their activities. I started as a twice weekly volunteer in 2001 when my business was adversely impacted by 9/11 and had plenty of "empty" time and since then it has been one sense of fullfilment after another.
I am a past president and have volunteered at Yad Ezra in many capacities. It is the best food pantry I have seen as it supplies the clients with a well balanced diet and every contact with the client is done in a way to preserve their dignity.
With great care and loving support Yad Ezra welcomes those in need. The volunteers reflect the concern and respect for its clients that they deserve. It is a happy and productive place to put time and energy in to. It's a 5 Star organization! Best, Norine
A great organization. They feed the needy, with little fanfare. Give generously, and often. There are homeless and hungry families all year long, not just at the holidays.
Their mission is simple: To feed the hungry. Their effectiveness is second to none. The organization is run by amazing professionals and a dedicated board. All of which focus completely altruistically on feeding the hungry in the metropolitan Detroit community ... a community that is unfortunately growing. Without Yad Ezra, Detroit would be a different place.
Tried to give 5 stars, but website wouldn't let me. I am a former volunteer and now an active donor. We were married in April 2008 and we listed 3 non-profits for our guests to give tributes in our honor. Many gave to Yad Ezra, and we were overcome with joy from that tzedekah. Please think of Yad Ezra and third party donations, as we did! I gave money from my successful moving sale also! They let me send one check for many cards and they keep tabs as I request tributes! That is user friendly to do via email! They do a great job of sending tribute cards with the donations. Lea and the others understand this. The need is immense for funding, they showed us how they stretch the dollars to the max. Thank you YE. Laraine D. Farmington Hills, Michigan
As a Past President of Detroit's United Jewish Foundation and Past National Vice Chairman of United Jewish Communities (now Jewish Federations of North America) I think Yad Ezra is unique in quietly filling the one of the most basic needs of our community, combatting hunger, with a very small but excellent and enthusiastic staff that never takes "no" for an answer and should be emulated by many of our larhe and long established agencies.
I am a donor and I tried to assist as much as I can. I send checks for food basically and shelter. I very involved with the food program.
first of all it is a very well run orghanization that maximizes the moneys raised for the benifit of its recipients. The service people are warm and responsive as well as devoted. The organization also gives young people of varied backgrounds the opportunity to learn the joy of giving and the need for comiting to help others.
Yad Ezra continues to represent the best in non profit organizations in a community that really needs it. As Detroit suffers through high unemployment I have witnessed first-hand the wonderful way Yad Ezra distributes food in an organized manner while helping to build the self esteem of the recipients as well. Yad Ezra also encourages students and their parents throughout the community to participate in fund raising and food distribution activites -- making Yad Ezra a community building organization as well.