Awarded from the organizations' joint COVID-19 Emergency Appeal, the grants will support eighty local and regional organizations working to provide emergency resources and assistance to individuals in need. Recipients include Jewish Family Service, which was awarded $1.8 million, as well as a number of community and organizations, day schools and early childhood programs, synagogues, and religious schools. To date, the joint appeal has raised $3.3 million from more than six hundred donors.
"As a community, it means so much that we are prioritizing supporting people during this trying time," said JFS chief executive Linda Burger. "The allocation that JFS has received from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Houston's Jewish Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Appeal means that we can provide those in need with case management, financial assistance, mental health services, employment services, and other necessary resources. We are so proud to be a partner in this work and to help those who need it most."
"This allocation will be most helpful in a year of many challenges, including lower enrollment and higher expenses needed to keep the school safe," said Goldberg Montessori president Haya Varon and head of school Barbara Garber in a statement. "As always, Federation is the foundation of our community, and always has our back. It is a blessing to be a part of this amazing community."
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