As many of you know, the Jewish new year of 5770 begins on Rosh Hashanah, the evening of September 18th. The following ten days culminating in Yom Kippur are called “The Days of Awe” since they summon us to reflect on the past year. This is a time for serious introspection and a time to consider changes for the year to come. As such, they provide an opportunity for new beginnings.
The Shofar, or ram's horn, that is sounded during these high holidays, is a wake-up call for all of us, reminding us that we have the opportunity to make changes within ourselves and in our lives. It signals us not to be complacent but to pursue personal growth, reflect on our priorities, and use our time wisely. We are reminded that, through the conscious choices we make, we can secure a second chance to improve ourselves and, through us, the world around us in the New Year.
For those children and families whom we see and work with at JCCA, this can be an empowering and hopeful message: that we forgive ourselves, forgive others, and that change is possible.
This past year has been an especially challenging one. There has been financial and global turmoil with repercussions for all of us. Therefore, we are especially proud of our staff and Board of Trustees, who, through it all, have supported our ongoing commitment to strengthen families and encourage our clients to build fulfilling, productive lives, and to feel, as this New Year’s holiday expresses, that change is possible.
We hope that the New Year will be filled with health, joyful moments, and peace for you, your family, and friends.
Barbara Salmanson, President
Richard Altman, CEO
JCCA Is Proud of Our Two Best Practices Award Winners
L-R: Richard Altman, JCCA CEO; NY State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión; Alice Armstrong; and Tracy Dreher.
Congratulations to Alice Armstrong and Tracy Dreher, two committed and dedicated JCCA caseworkers who have won the prestigious Child Welfare Fund/COFCCA (Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies) Best Practices Awards. Chosen by an evaluation committee of parent advocates, senior administrators, direct care staff, training directors, and former Best Practices winners, the Best Practices Awards recognize exceptional work to empower families and protect children. Ms. Armstrong was recognized for going the extra mile in helping a client reconnect with her father while he was incarcerated. Ms. Dreher received her award for her dedication to helping a young resident deal with a difficult family situation.
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Thank you, PepsiCo!
An enthusiastic PepsiCo volunteer painting on the Campus.
On September 14th, 17 volunteers from PepsiCo arrived on our Westchester Campus
, rolled up their sleeves, and proceeded to paint the interior of Cottages 3 and 4 at Edenwald Center
, which sorely needed it. As a result of their great experience, PepsiCo has officially taken on these cottages so that their volunteers can continue working with our residents in the future. We are proud and grateful to PepsiCo for their effort.
PepsiCo’s involvement is part of the overall Cottage Beautification Project, which is an effort to help make the cottages at Pleasantville Cottage School, Edenwald Center, and Pleasantville Diagnostic Center homier. There are still more cottages that need to be renovated and painted. If you’d like to help, please contact our Director of Volunteers at email@example.com or 914-741-4569.
Fundraiser for JCCA's Two Together Tutoring Program
Jessica Morgan (center, with two friends) coordinated the evening.
Our Two Together
tutors hosted a fundraising event on Thursday, August 27th. Approximately 100 people turned out at New York City’s Central Bar and raised more than $3,500. The funds will go directly toward buying new supplies and necessary learning tools, such as new, updated textbooks to better serve the students. The night was a true testament to the dedication and commitment of our tutors. A giant thank you to everyone who helped make the evening a huge success.
Two Together supporters were all smiles at Central Bar.
Founded in 1971, Two Together Tutoring Program
is a city-wide program providing free, individualized tutoring and mentoring to nearly 150 New York City schoolchildren every year. Volunteers from the community meet weekly, one-on-one, with a child who needs help.
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