In the news: JCCA's Arches Program in the New York Daily News and NY1
We want to share with you this heart-warming article from the March 29 Brooklyn edition of the New York Daily News about some of the impressive youth in JCCA's Arches program who are finding their way to a hopeful future. "Arches gave me a way to open up and listen to more people,” said Rashawn Gregory, featured in the article, who has made terrific progress. Click here to read the story and click here to watch the NY1 segment.
Donate: Support Our Teens! Stories of Freedom from JCCA
This month we celebrate Passover—the Festival of Freedom. The quest for freedom is universal. Johnnie, a teen in our foster care program (which enables thousands to get the support and treatment they need to return to their families), identified with the story of the Exodus in a special way.
He wrote, “Like me, Moses was a foster child! Despite years in foster care, he kept ties with his family and his culture. And he was a hero, leading his people from slavery to freedom.”
Elior, a teen in our Bukharian Teen Lounge that helps high school teens integrate into American culture while honoring their religious and cultural heritage, wrote, ”My mother told me that in Azerbaijan (in the former Soviet Union), she would listen secretly at night to the radio show ‘Voice of America’ to hear what freedom was like. And she celebrated Jewish holidays—but in secret. Today I am free. I am pursuing my dreams. Now my whole family celebrates Jewish holidays in the open. We put our Chanukah menorah in the window and we are not afraid.”
More funding is needed for programs that help teens like Johnnie and Elior. Please donate to our Passover Appeal! Please donate online today! We wish you and your family a season of renewal and a joyful spring.
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.