Celebration of Hope: JCCA's Most Successful Gala Ever
More than 300 people attended the elegant Celebration of Hope: A Gala to Benefit Children and Families, which honored the outstanding contributions of Barbara Salmanson, Chair of the Board, and Richard Altman, CEO. The event, held on May 19 at the Pierre Hotel, raised a record $1,150,000 for JCCA.
L-R: Richard Altman, CEO; Stanley Barshay, Trustee and event Co-Chair; Peter Hauspurg, President; Marty Rosenman, Trustee and event Co-Chair; Ronald E. Richter, JCCA CEO.
foster care month: Meet Patricia Baca, LMSW, and foster mother Curtiss Jane Bethea
Patricia Baca, LMSW, is Program Director of Foster Family Resources and here she introduces both the important work of these programs as well as one of our star foster mothers, Curtiss Jane Bethea, who talks about the rewarding experience of becoming a foster parent.
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Foster Care Month: On the Right Track, Striving for Greatness
Anthony, 19, is a charming, motivated, ambitious young college student. But his earlier years were challenging. He came to JCCA’s Pleasantville Short Term Assessment and Rapid Treatment program when he was 15. Although very bright, he had problems at home and didn’t do well with authority figures, especially his mom. “I was smart and got good grades, but I was angry, too, and had trouble listening. At Pleasantville, the staff, especially Mr. Harrigan, taught me how to talk about my problems and how to express myself. I learned coping skills and strategies for dealing better with people.” Anthony spent the next two years at Hillcrest, a JCCA group home. “The staff was great. I knew everybody was totally there for me and they really helped me thrive. They kept me focused and pointed me in the right direction.” Learn what the future held for Anthony by reading the rest of his story here.
Jewish Child Care Association is a comprehensive child and family services agency. We work with those who need us most, including children who have been neglected or abused, immigrant Jewish families, and those building new lives. Most of our clients come to us because they struggle with poverty or family crises, and because they are working to create an independent future. JCCA helps more than 16,000 children and families every year and is consistently rated at the highest levels for the quality of our programs. In all our work, we are motivated by tikkun olam, the value within Jewish tradition that calls upon all of us to repair the world, and by our belief that every child deserves to grow up hopeful.
Jewish Child Care Association is authorized by the Council on Accredication and recognized as a provider that continues to successfully
implement high performance standards and is delivering the highest
quality services to all of its stakeholders.”