ANNUAL SERVICE NUMBERS CALENDAR YEAR 2008 Together with our JCC network, Met Council serves more than 100,000 people each year. Program Career Services
Child / Family Health Plus
Crisis Intervention Services
Description Helps individuals start and advance in their careers by providing the education and training needed to find solid, careertrack jobs. Culturally sensitive staff offers career and education counseling, testing, job search strategies, vocational training and job placement with an outstanding placement and retention record. Home Attendant Training Program: Trains personal care workers to provide care for the frail and elderly. After completing our curriculum, trainees receive a certificate and are authorized to provide care. Training is provided in several languages including English, Russian, and Polish. Leads the way in enrolling low-income children and adults in Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus, New York State’s free and low-cost health care insurance programs. To assist families in the enrollment process, Met Council partners with grassroots organizations that are familiar with the culture and languages of the communities they serve. Met Council also provides outreach to seniors by providing education and information about the Medicare Part D program. Assists clients in crisis with emergency cash assistance, food, clothing and shelter in addition to eviction prevention, advocacy and assistance with entitlements. Met Council services go beyond traditional counseling and provide shortterm interventions that lead to long-term solutions. Family Violence: Provides specialized crisis intervention services catered to the family violence population including legal and rabbinic referrals and advocacy; emergency shelter and relocation; emergency food, clothing and furniture; employment and financial assistance; short-term individual and group therapy; and information and referral services. Legal Services: Leverages a growing network of attorney committed to providing pro bono counsel to low-income families and individuals facing an array of legal challenges, including housing-related litigation, immigration, family law matters, public benefits, debt collection, and harassment issues.
Operates three home care agencies – 2 Medicaid-funded and one privately funded – that assist homebound elderly and frail people every day with washing, dressing, shopping, cooking and other essential activities of daily living, enabling them to age with dignity in their homes.
Housing is key to moving people out of poverty. With an entrepreneurial approach to maximize government and private resources, Met Council has built or renovated housing units to shelter the elderly, mentally ill, formerly homeless, and single mothers with children.
Total CY 2008 735 individuals received counseling 338 placed in jobs 703 home attendants trained 20,005 people enrolled
53,971 people assisted with Information and Referral 2,915 people received case assistance 1,475 individuals received financial assistance $ 1,691,924 in cash benefits 480 victims of domestic violence assisted 180 individuals assisted with legal services 2,116 individuals received home care 2,785 home attendants employed 1,209 units in operation 794 units in predevelopment
Bulk Food: Stores and delivers donated food as leader of the largest kosher food distribution network in the country. Dedicated volunteers break down large pallets of food, stored in our Brooklyn warehouse, into family sized packages which are delivered to community sites for direct distribution to those in need. Special additional packages are distributed for the holidays. Vouchers: Enables people to shop for supplemental food items that are not available through bulk food distribution or that are needed in emergency situations. Served Meals: Provides prepared kosher meals for seniors on weekends all year long and special meals each year for Passover.
Machson: Collects and distributes new and gently used clothing and furniture. Donations collected from around the City are stored and sorted in our large Brooklyn warehouse and redistributed to individuals and families in need. We also collect and distribute toys for children during the Chanukah season. Machson Mobile: This mobile home has been retrofitted into a traveling department store where clients can try on and take home clothing. Handyman / Metropair: Performs home safety and improvement services for Holocaust survivors and other eligible seniors living in their own homes. Services include fixing hazards such as broken door locks and windows and installing security and safety devices such as window-guards and bathtub grab bars.
Met Council has hundreds of dedicated volunteers who support and enhance the work of our staff. The use of volunteers who live directly in the communities we serve has forged an unbreakable chain between those who need service and those who deliver the services. We use volunteers in groups and in individual assignments and have a menu of options for volunteer activities. Met Council was awarded a Federal Government Compassion Capital Fund grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, which launched The Growth Fund, a capacity building effort to train and engage smaller community and faith based organizations that do not have direct access to federal funds. The Growth Fund provides these organizations with small grants, trainings, and technical assistance in order to enhance their professionalism, standardize and uphold best practices, and increase their agency’s organizational infrastructure. Met Council is the umbrella agency to a network of 25 grassroots Jewish Community Councils that serve more than 150 neighborhoods throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Each council provides a wide array of poverty alleviation and social advocacy services, and is an expert in the particular needs of their local communities.
5.2 million lbs. food distributed 345,700 food packages distributed 105 distribution sites 34,292 individuals served 7,763 vouchers distributed $381,380 worth of vouchers 52,484 meals provided 387 families made donations individuals received donations ,000 children received holiday toys 1,464 individuals received clothing
5,496 hours of repairs 1,205 individuals served 871 volunteers 1,707 volunteer hours 39 volunteer events
$180,000 distributed by The Growth Fund to 18 agencies 46 agencies participated in trainings 25 Jewish Community Councils 9 Fiscal Conduit JCC’s