Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven

COVID-19 Response

We continue to receive requests for emergency funding for critical human needs and services.

Providing for critical human needs:
$538,290 in grant awards

as of January 28, 2021

$270,100

SOCIAL SERVICES

Since the pandemic, Jewish Family Service added 197 sessions, many of which serviced isolated seniors and those with disabilities. More than 763 hours of case management were provided to more than 250 individuals, and the pantry has served 500 families. In addition, grants were awarded to provide emergency support to Holocaust survivors through the Kavod SHEF program.

$172,500

FOOD FOR SENIORS LIVING AT THE TOWERS AT TOWERS LANE

For 198 seniors residing at The Towers, three healthy nutritious meals delivered daily has been a lifeline. It helped them social-distance in their apartments and ultimately saved lives. Less exposure, less risk, and transmission have kept everyone safe.

$45,000

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE
EQUIPMENT

Seniors residents at The Towers and children at Ezra Academy and at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy are safer when there are enough masks, gowns, gloves, for all staff.

$33,950

FOR FAMILIES AND
INDIVIDUALS IN NEED

People who lost their job in the pandemic were in need of rent assistance, food, utilities, and other expenses related to job loss. Funds were channeled through community synagogues and rabbis, the Jewish Federation, and JCARR.

$16,740

IPADS FOR SENIORS

iPads were purchased so that seniors residing at The Towers at Tower Lane can more easily participate in family virtual meetings and telehealth appointments.

Covid giving chart

Monies from this fund have been deployed in two ways:.

  1. Emergency grants to our Jewish agencies and synagogues to allow them to meet increased and immediate community needs such as food insecurity, unemployment, and mental health needs
  2. To provide direct assistance to individuals, families, and households in need. To do this, the Fund has reached out to New Haven’s rabbis to channel assistance, knowing they are often the trusted leaders that individuals in need turn to for support.

The Boards of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven seeded this Fund with monies from our unrestricted funds. In addition, the Boards immediately established a grants committee for this fund which implemented policies and procedures as well as a grant application process. Our first grants were made on March 23rd, 2020 and were made to Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven and the Towers at Tower Lane.