May 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Margo Pernick, Executive Director, The Jewish Fund

248-203-1487

pernick@jfmd.org

Bloomfield Hills, MI— At its May 5, 2015 board meeting, The Jewish Fund approved a total of $2,108,578 in grant awards, including $50,000 in grants recommended by its high school teen board. The Teen Board, which is the first Jewish teen foundation board in the state of Michigan, consists of 29 high school students who have met monthly since October to learn about health and welfare needs in the Detroit area, the field of philanthropy and grantmaking skills and processes.  The Teen Board Grants were approved as follows:

Teen Board Grants:

Ruth Ellis Center:  $17,500 for one year to increase family acceptance of an LGBTQ youth in order to prevent/address substance abuse issues.

Starfish Family Services:  $9,500 for one year to enhance the literacy skills of both children and their parent/caregiver.

The Guidance Center:  $12,500 for one year to support at-risk toddlers and preschoolers, so they can be successful in kindergarten.

JARC:  $10,500 for one year to provide personalized coaching and training while nurturing independence, healthy development and deterrence of substance abuse for young adults and teen s with developmental disabilities.

The following new grants were approved:

Hillel of Metro Detroit:  $50,000 for the first year of a two-year, $100,000 grant to develop a capacity-building fundraising campaign for the Hillel campus at Wayne State University.

HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center:  $50,000 for the first year of a three-year, $100,000 grant to develop a recuperative center for homeless adults discharged from the hospital who require follow-up care and supportive services.

Hospice of Michigan: $26,409 for the first year of a three-year, $125,953 grant to provide education workshops and support for family caregivers of chronically ill individuals

Jewish Community Relations Council:   $30,000 for the first year of a two-year, $45,000 grant to hire a fundraising professional to increase the agency’s fundraising capacity.

Jewish Family Service:  $150,942 for the first year of a three-year, $370,543 grant to enhance and grow aging in place services to better respond to Jewish communal needs and improve health, safety and quality of life for at-risk older adults.

Jewish Family Service:  $30,000 for a one year grant to improve the effectiveness of its communications and marketing services in order to build its capacity.

Jewish Federation Metro Detroit:  $140,000 for the first year of a two-year, $265,000 bridge grant to provide comprehensive classroom and auxiliary support for children with a range of disabilities attending Jewish day schools.

Jewish Federation Metro Detroit:  $500,000 for a one-year grant to support the Foundation for Our Jewish Elderly’s funding of in-home support, adult day care and escorted transportation services, operated by Jewish Family Service, JVS and Jewish Senior Life.

Michigan AIDS Coalition:  $16,000 for the first year of a two-year, $32,000 grant to add testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hep C, and to add women to the client population for testing.

Oakland Family Services:  $56,345 for the first year of a three-year, $169,035 grant to improve the health and wellness of at-risk children, ages 0-3 in Oakland County.

The following multi-year continuation grants were approved:

Beaumont Health: $43,812 for the third year of a three-year, $131,436 grant to increase the overall health of underinsured and uninsured Brightmoor residents by providing free mobile medical, dental and community support assistance.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan:  $75,000 for the second year of a two-year, $150,000 grant to support the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Innovation Fund.

Detroit Wayne County Health Authority:  $390,223 for the second year of a three-year, $1,166,223 grant to expand the Nurse Family Partnership in Detroit, in order to decrease infant mortality and increase child wellness.

Ferncare Free Clinic: $7,000 for the third year of a three-year, $21,000 grant to expand the clinic’s hours of operation.

Jewish Family Service – Community CARE:  $900 in travel expenses for the second year of a $76,882 grant to educate and organize the Jewish community for effective intervention to prevent suicide and respond to community crises.

Jewish Family Service – Health Care Navigation:  $37,500 for the second year of a three-year, $112,500 grant to facilitate the enrollment of low-income and at-risk members of the Jewish community in Healthy Michigan.

Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit – Centennial Challenge:  $350,000 in second year grant funds available from the original grant award of $500,000, over three years, to frontload donor grifts in order to provide an immediate payout to support services while a donor’s gift is being fully funded.

Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network:  $50,000 for the third year of three-year, $150,000 grant to create sustainability for the organization’s future.

JVS- Memory Club:  $27,401 for the third year of a three-year, $97,130 grant to expand the Memory Club at its Southfield location and at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield to meet increased needs.  The grant is contingent upon a growth of at least 50% more participants than the current level, by September 1, 2015.  Should this growth fail to occur, the grant will be terminated December 31, 2015.

Kadima:  $55,000 for the third year of a three-year, $180,000 grant to help young adults who are diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse, grow to their maximum potential.

National Council of Jewish Women:  $4,800 for the third year of a three-year, $14,750 grant to provide kosher housing for women and their children in need of housing due to domestic abuse.

National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent DePaul:  $30,000 for the third year of a three-year, $90,000 grant to support operating expenses for provision of dentures, salary and rent for the dental clinic.

Project Healthy Community:  $20,000 for the second year of a three-year, $60,000 grant to hire an administrative assistant to help its volunteers in all operational functions.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation:  $39,995 for the second year of a three-year, $119,985 grant to support the operations of the Hamtramck School-Based Health Center.

About The Jewish Fund

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 through its annual grant-making.  To learn more about The Jewish Fund, visit the website at www.thejewishfund.org.

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