Empowering Teens to Help the Homeless

Federation’s Jewish Teen Initiative in engaging teens across the county. Recently, we joined our national partner at the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Lawrence Family JCC to provide a Teen Initiative Community Service Grant to Congregation B'nai Tikvah.

B'nai Tikvah used the grant to focus on outreach to San Diego’s homeless, which includes hundreds of homeless veterans. B’nai Tikvah partnered with Mary Ferro, Faith Coordinator for Interfaith.  

The volunteer group gathered students, Boy Scout Troop #479 from Poway and Girl Scout Troop #1083 from San Marcos pack 100 bags of items that the homeless would need such as socks, deodorant, shave cream, razors, mini can openers, and liquid soap.

The group also coordinated teens to put together four benches for the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center in Escondido. The grant, along with a donation from a generous friend of B'nai Tikvah, allowed them to install four benches on the property

This grant is made possible by the generosity of Federation donors. We thank you for all that you do.

We are also excited to let you know that any donation you make to Federation's Jewish Teen Initiative will be doubled thanks to an unprecedented $3 million matching grant provided by the Jim Joseph Foundation.

With this grant, your donation will go even further in enriching the lives of Jewish teens in our community.


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