December 2007

For more information, contact Jodee Fishman Raines, (248) 203-1487

At its December 11th board meeting, The Jewish Fund approved $3,625,000 in grant payments for 16 primarily health-related programs.

A $2 million pledge to Sinai Grace Hospital will help kick off their $25 million capital campaign to build a new Emergency Medicine facility. The hospital’s Emergency Department, the third busiest in Detroit, is seriously limited by its dated facility and lack of space. The new fifty thousand square foot facility will provide state of the art care to 95,000 patients per year. According to Robert Naftaly, Chair of The Jewish Fund, “As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund is committed to improving the health care of the individuals beyond the Jewish community, especially within the City of Detroit. The new Emergency Department will complement improvements made over the past few years at Sinai Grace to assure the best medical care for the people of Detroit.”

A three-year, $2,782,000 commitment to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit will support three critical programs that support the ability of older adults to continue to live in their own residence — day care for seniors with dementia; escorted transportation to medical appointments; and assistance with basic daily activities such as grocery shopping, housekeeping, meal preparation and personal care that many of us take for granted but often become so challenging for older adults that without such help they must move into assisted living or nursing care facilities. $925,000 of the grant will be a in the form of a challenge grant and the rest will cover operations.

Another challenge grant will support a new partnership between the Jewish Community Relations Council, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and Anti Defamation League to strengthen relationships between the Jewish, African American and Latino communities. Up to $342,000 will be paid on a matching basis over a three year period to support a series of exchange programs that will involve an estimated 400 people from across these communities.

Grants also will help create a child abuse prevention and education program through Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Oakland County/CARE House, substance abuse relapse prevention programs through The Friendship Circle and Henry Ford’s Maplegrove Center, and an ambitious social enterprise effort of Kids Kicking Cancer that supports their pediatric oncology patients’ healing while reducing stress in corporate environmens.

A tradition of caring, The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions.  As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit. Since its creation, The Fund has awarded over $39.6 million in grants to expand health and human services to residents of metropolitan Detroit.  Among the recipients of grants from The Jewish Fund are programs that improve the quality of life for older citizens and special needs children, and that provide health supports for people of all ages and religions.

Following is a complete listing of the dollars allocated and purposes of the latest awards.

Child Abuse & Neglect Council (Pontiac, MI): $10,000 for the first year of a three-year $30,000 grant to develop a new child abuse prevention and education program targeting mandated reporters.

City Year Detroit (Detroit, MI): $90,000 for the final year of a three-year, $285,000 grant to continue an obesity prevention program in the Detroit Public Schools in partnership with Henry Ford Health System.

DMC/Sinai-Grace Hospital: (Detroit, MI): $2,000,000 from the UJF/Sinai Medical Endowment Fund to construct a new Emergency Department.

The Friendship Circle (West Bloomfield, MI): $25,000 for one year to develop a mitzvah program for B’Nai Mitzvot students that will expand The Friendship Circle’s volunteer corps by adding 150 new young volunteers.

The Friendship Circle (West Bloomfield, MI): $60,000 for the first year of a three-year $150,000 grant to support Jewish adults recovering from drug addiction.

Henry Ford Health System, Maplegrove Center (West Bloomfield, MI): $25,000 for the first year of a three-year $67,000 grant to pilot a program that will engage families in the treatment and recovery process.

Humanitarian Aid Foundation (Williamstown, MI): $26,000 to provide in-home support services for Holocaust survivors in metro Detroit through Jewish Family Service. The grant will be matched with a $12,500 grant from the HAF and $36,654 in private donations.

JARC (Southfield, MI): $40,000 for the final year of a three-year $135,000 grant for CHEERS, a program providing meaningful social inclusion opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Jewish Community Center/JVS (West Bloomfield and Southfield, MI): $15,000 for the final year of a three-year $53,000 grant for a summer recreational and vocational program for older teens with special needs.

Jewish Community Relations Council/Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion/Anti Defamation League (Bloomfield Hills, Detroit and Southfield, MI): up to $114,000 for the first year of a three-year $342,000 challenge grant to develop cross-cultural relationships between the Jewish and African American and Jewish and Latino communities.

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Bloomfield Hills, MI): $952,000 for the first year of a three-year $2,782,000 grant to support three older adult programs (In-Home Support Services, Escorted Transportation and Adult Day Care), including $175,000 in the form of a challenge grant.

Jewish Family Service (West Bloomfield, MI): $65,000 for the final year of a two-year $175,000 grant to establish a donor development department.

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit/Farmington Hills, MI): $75,000 for the second year of a three-year $225,000 grant to temporarily locate the Maisel Center to the Weisberg Cancer Center while a new facility is built.

Kids Kicking Cancer (Detroit, MI): $100,000 to provide stress reduction workshops to corporate clients based upon the Kids Kicking Cancer model.

Rose Hill Center (Holly, MI): $20,000 for the final year of a two-year $60,000 grant for a nutrition and fitness program for adults with mental illness.

Summer in the City (Bloomfield Hills, MI): $8,000 for the second year of a three-year $21,000 grant to expand operations.

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For information, contact Jodee Fishman Raines, director of The Jewish Fund, at (248) 203-1487.

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12/2007

Jewish Fund Announces December 2007 Grants Totaling $3.8 Million