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Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty

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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Met Council is one of New York?s largest human services agencies, providing critical services to more than 100,000 New Yorkers in need. We are unique in providing the city?s more than 350,000 poor and near-poor Jewish New Yorkers with outreach and services including crisis intervention, career counseling, affordable housing, a kosher food pantry, family violence services, home care, immigration services, facilitated enrollment, capacity building, legal services, and clothing and furniture donations.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 New Yorkers of all ages, races and ethnicities throughout New York City

Geographic areas served: NYC-Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island

Programs: * Capacity Building - Building capacity for grassroots social services agencies * Career Services - Career advancement through mentoring & training * Crisis Services - Help in financial, emotional & health emergencies * Health Outreach - Helping families apply for free and low-cost healthcare * Home Care - Assisting seniors with essential daily living tasks * Home Services - Providing clothing, furniture & help with home repairs * Housing - Promoting poverty prevention by providing quality housing * Immigrant Initiatives - Helping immigrants apply for citizenship & legal residence * Kosher Pantry - Delivering over 4.5 million pounds of kosher food annually

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Renee St.Lewis, I am a divored Mother of two teenagers, that found herself without a job, and dealing with an eviction process. At Met Council, I was given help through the Career Center, they helped me with Computer skills, and made three resumes from the one original resume I had. I had been searching for 8 months for a job, any Job. Once I got my new resumes, I found a job 2 weeks later as a Production Coordinator for "Talbots". And it doesn't end there... Met Council also helped me with clothes for my new job through "Dress for Success", And again, it doesn't end there, Met Council also covered this months rent for me. Met Council has help me start a new life, I am deeply grateful to Jessica Polsky and Tonya Melendez for all of their help, May God Bless all of the Staff Members of Met Council!!! Sincerely, Renee St.Lewis

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This agency is the best! Temima helped my sister and father navigate through an arduous process, and the result is that my dad is so happy in his new apartment. Getting him in there would not have been possible without the of the Metropolitan Council. My family and I are deeply grateful for all the support, time, and consideration given to my father.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

In about 2002, my washing machine flooded my landlord's apartment, and I was evicted. Met Council got me a grant for security deposit and a few months rent. The social worker I dealt with was always very pleasant, too. More recently, I used their report on Jewish poverty to provide me with statistics to bolster an article I wrote on health care reform and the Jewish community. (I'm a freelance writer.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client who received services at Met Council. The staff was professional and caring. They made me feel like a mmillion bucks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a resident of 385 3rd Avenue and everything, and I do mean everything has been wonderful from day one! Fred the super, is a Super Super. and Fern is always available for whatever you need. I think Met Council and all the management involved should be appreciated in this very comfortable building. Jim Falborn 8B

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was homless for 3 years. I was stuck in the ciyt systems which means the people who say they're working for you are ignorant, lazy and under-educated and care not for you but only their paycheck and pension. Every function in the city system take 12 to 18 month to accomplish because working takes time away from their coffee breaks. Then, purely by chance, I was introduced to the Met Council. The way thing are done at the Council is to do it. Then get the paper work done. The client comes way ahead of the beauracracy when dealing with the Council. And the best aspect of the Met Council is that helping one in need of help is just the starting point. They stay involved and continue the relationship. The Met Council should be the model for the city on how to get things done RIGHT. The first time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother lives in an apartment managed by the Met Council. Ms. Dublin of the Met Council office was extremely helpful in providing guidance and support throughout the application process. And Mr. Flores, the superintendent of the building, has been very helpful to my mother as she moved in and settled in to her new home. It gives me great peace of mind to know that my mother lives in a place managed by the Met Council.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Met Council came to the rescue just in time! Our apartment building was turning co-op and the landlord was not renewing rental contracts for those who were not rent stabilized. I had given up my job to be a full time caregiver for my mother who has moderate Alzheimers' so we had limited income. We could not afford market rental rates in NYC and with only some small savings and my mother's SS check, the outlook was grim. With our lease about to expire and nowhere to live, I attended a housing symposium at Fordham University. A councilwoman had suggested applying for an apartment lottery for low income seniors sponsored by the Met Council. Although it was a long shot, there was nothing to lose. Two months later, the powers that be smiled on us. The screening staff was extremely qualified and accommodating in helping to sort through the red tape. We then moved into a beautiful, brand new "seniorized" one bedroom, rent subsidized apartment. I hate to think where we would have ended up without this small miracle. The administrative and maintenance staff are, without a doubt, the most professional, accessible and courteous people imaginable. The full time superintendent solves problems in a timely fashion and has implemented excellent security measures. The residence director is a pro-active, on site presence always available to the residents. She is very sensitive to the needs of low income elderly residents and has built a strong sense of community. Met Council sponsors various social events in the building's community room that are comparable to those offered by many senior centers. There are also opportunities to attend off site concerts and field trips. All in all, the Met Council treats needy seniors with the sort of respect and warmth that helps them remain in and be part of the larger New York community. In return these seniors help to maintain the social, cultural and economic diversity which has always made NYC special. My mother and I will be eternally grateful for this safe haven which happens to come with a view of the Empire State Building!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone that I have dealt with has been caring & responsive. Far above my expectations. I feel this organization greatly serves the community so richly in need of help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking for affordable housing in New York City for senior citizens for almost three years without success. I was referred to Met Council by a family friend whose father is Jewish. She knew about Met Council's effort to provide such housing without respect to a person's ethnic background or religion, and she provided me information on how to apply for such housing owned and managed by Met Council. I received a response from Met Council within a short time and after a human and professionally run interview was accepted and awarded an apartment even though I am not Jewish. The apartment building was new, clean, located in a nice neighborhood, and professionally managed. In every contact I have had with Met Council people, I have been treated with kindness and respect. I ask that they receive support for all the good work they are doing for people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m glad to have this opportunity to say a few good things about The Met. Council in whose building on West 61st St. (and West End Ave.) I reside. I was sitting today with one of my neighbors, Max Hirshhorn who is 102 years old and a Holocaust surviver, and saying how lucky we were to be a part of this residence project. The staff is so caring and efficient; Ephraim Siegal, the director of services is the best and so are Anthony the Super, and his assistant Jose, and our security guard William Benson. They all have contributed to making the tenants in the building feel at home and become a family like community. Not everyone has the horrible experience history of my friend Max, but everyone past 70 years of age who has no living partner needs a place he can call home that is affordable. The Met council projects provide this, and for that we are thankful one by one. I have been playing music around the world and in America for more than fifty years. And now that I’ve become a senior citizen the Met council’s solution has become a dream fulfilled. I have gladly taken my guitar and microphone and performed for my neighbors and celebrated with them Max’s one hundred and two birthday. I wish Max many more years of peace, health and community care, and to the Met. Council, I wish a hundred more years of outstanding service to New York City’s needy and the elderly. Signed: Ron Eliran (Singer/writer/composer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Met Council was very helpful to me when I needed help with my resume. The staff, specifically Suzy Jary and Ali Salwa were extremely professional and warm. It would have cost me a lot of money to hire someone to help me write my resume.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a lifelong New Yorker, I had been aware of the Met Council for some time because of its true commitment to the elderly of the City, but my personal experience with Met Council began early in 2009. My mother, who was 86 at the time, was living with me and my family. As much as we loved being together, our apartment was crowded with five people and only one bathroom, and as my children were approaching their pre-teens we all felt that we needed some solution. Since my husband and I could not afford a larger apartment, I contacted the Met Council because of their record of helping seniors find affordable housing. The program director, Temima Dublin, very generously spent time with me, and explained the application process in detail. With the application deadline for a new building in our neighborhood only two days away, she took the time to guide me through every step so that we could get the completed application in on time. When my mother was uncharacteristically ill on the day of her personal interview, Ms. Dublin graciously juggled her own calendar and gave us a new appointment (on March 17th--St. Patrick's Day). After the interview, Ms. Dublin continued to keep in personal contact with us, even guiding us as to the quickest way to obtain needed additional documents. Once my mother's application was fully complete, Ms. Dublin called within days to give us the glorious good news that my mother's application had been successful. My mother is now happily living in a brand new building for seniors on a beautiful block a short 20 minute walk from my own apartment, and everything for her has improved dramatically: her level of activity, her outlook, her experience with a new corner of the neighborhood, her contact with new neighbors, her physical and mental health, her independence. For our family, the work of the Met Council has been a blessing from God, sent to us through an angel--Ms. Dublin--on St. Patrick's Day!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i was pleasantly suprised to have such great help on my resume. Personnel by Met Council go over and beyond what is required of them

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ive met with willy rapfogel, shana frydman, and most recently jessica polsky my experience with these 'angelic people' has been imeasurable their kindness, their integrity, their genuine care for the human condition is truly that which sets them apart from ALL OTHER JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS met council is magnificent!!! a treasure!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This past April 2009, I was referrred to Met Council/Ms. Shana Frydman by ORA; i needed to locate an organization which provides grants for legal services. Ms. Frydman (Met Council) immediately guided me (patiently) through the entire grant application process; and remarkably processed my applications for approval, so quickly. throughout the process, Ms. Frydman was supportive with advice, updates, and time. i was approved with one grant to provide legal fees for a legal separation; and a second grant to assist with legal fees for services to financially protect my family's house. During the summer Met Council contacted me, to offer my children knapsacks packed with school supplies. These generous gifts (quite beautiful, and specifically packed) helped me a lot; including sparing me the shopping/packing time and expenses. The knapsacks gave each of my children an exciting boost for the new school year. Furthermore, Met Council has been contacting me to inform me of special events for me and my family. on behalf of my children and myself, i extend a big thank you to Ms. Shana Frydman and Met Council; for going above and beyond with generous, encouraging methods of support for families. Thank You.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Met Council is helping Beit Shalom Organization to be stronger in every aspect- sponcoring seminars on healthy marriages, creating website, purchasing equipment for the office and much more.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Met Council in February 2009 looking for assistance in job placement. I met with Bella Galitskaya, Job Developer and she helped with me to get a job. I was referred for the training to get certificate and then was placed by Bella Galitskaya at Project OHR, Inc. I am very happy and express my appreciation to Bella Galitskaya who helped me during short period of time when I needed desperately a job.