Jewish Fund for Human Needs awards grants

Members of the Jewish Fund for Human Needs committee are shown with Vince Estrada of the Maplewood- Richmond Heights School District in front of Joe’s Place, one of the funded agencies.

Nine area agencies in the greater St. Louis community devoted to helping those in need have received $21,250 in grant funding from the Rabbi Robert P. Jacobs Jewish Fund for Human Needs (JFHN).  The Jewish Fund, a joint program of the Jewish Community Relations Council and the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, with support from the Jewish Federation and its Lubin-Green Foundation, is the vehicle of the organized Jewish community for allocating grants to St. Louis area grassroots agencies that have little or no Jewish presence.

The fall 2015 cycle’s grantees are:

The Bridge ($1550 grant)—Provides sanctuary for homeless and at risk individuals in the St. Louis region; provides meals and support services.

Care to Learn ($3,000 grant)— Provides funding to children at area school districts to meet health, hunger and hygiene needs so every child can be successful in school.

Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Program ($2,500 grant)— Provides volunteers who work one-on-one to teach immigrant and refugee women English and other practical living skills. 

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Jane Doe Advocacy Center ($2,500 grant)— Provides legal services to those impacted by sexual violence.

Joe’s Place ($2,500 grant)—Offers homeless boys in high school in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District a caring home environment so they are able to graduate from high school and succeed in life.

Near Southside Employment Coalition ( $2,500 grant)—Provides employment and training services to low-income residents living on the  south side of St. Louis City.

PAKT Community Resource Center ($1,000 grant)— Provides programs to address the nutritional, health, educational, recreational and cultural needs of families in need in North County.

Sweet Potato Project ($2,500 grant)— Provides educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for at -risk urban youth; trains youth in urban gardening skills as well as cooking and marketing skills.

Volunteers in Medicine West County ($3,200 grant)—Provides free primary medical and psychiatric services to financially vulnerable individuals in the  St. Louis region; founded by physicians in the St. Louis Muslim community.

For more information about JFHN and to learn how to support its work, contact Gail Wechsler at [email protected] or 314-442-3894 or visit