We are pleased to announce that Jewish Family Services has received two significant allocations from the Jewish Federation. After many years with no change, the annual allocation for 2014-2015 has increased by more than quarter to $55,000. This helps to pay for a significant part of the cost of providing essential help for Jewish community members who are in need of assistance, including newcomer settlement, food and housing security, and access to specialized helping services. According to the 2011 Federal Census, 13.2% of the Jewish population of Edmonton lives below the poverty line. While many of those people are also served by wider community agencies, Jewish Family Services is at the forefront of providing customized, culturally-appropriate assistance. The Jewish Federation grant covers over half of the budget for these services.
We have also received a $20,000 grant from surplus prior-year campaign funds for the Seniors Making Age-Related Transitions (SMART) program which we operate with the Jewish Senior Citizens’ Centre. This grant is about one-fourth of the budget of this program that provide over 120 Jewish elders the support they need and deserve. Donations from individuals and community groups make up most of the balance.
Funds allocated by the Jewish Federation of Edmonton come from the annual United Jewish Appeal. Thank you to all who donated to the Appeal and to the Federation for their very helpful allocations.
updated 2014 December 29