Community saves young family in crisis
Two weeks after emigrating to Sydney, both mum and dad lost their jobs to Covid-19.
Mimi Zilka, Manager of Youth Services within JewishCare’s Family and Child Support Services team, has been responding to individuals and families in desperate need.
This young Jewish family had just arrived in Sydney, with secure jobs and plans to build their new life. Within two weeks, in quick succession, both parents lost their jobs to Covid-19 shutdowns. They found themselves unemployed, with no access to government financial relief packages, no support network or extended family to rely on, and three children to care for and feed.
Within 24 hours of contacting JewishCare, Mimi was able to draw on the Covid-19 Jewish Emergency Relief Fund – set up by JCA in partnership with JewishCare. Emergency shopping vouchers were provided while JewishCare worked with them to secure longer-term assistance.
An email to JewishCare quickly followed…
“I can’t thank you enough, JewishCare and the whole community for the amazing and generous help we just received. I am simply amazed, so humbled and extremely grateful to be part of this community.”
Taking over 80 calls in the past few weeks, Mimi and her co-workers at JewishCare have been able to extend a much-needed hand to people in extreme distress. As Mimi said…
“The outpouring of gratitude has been overwhelming. We had one gentleman promise that once he’s back on his feet he wants to donate the money back to JCA so that others like him can get the help they need.”
In just the past few weeks, JewishCare has been able to assist 62 applications, allocating approximately $225,000 from the $1 million relief fund. The impact is more than financial…
“I feel like you’ve helped us regain some dignity, too.”
Our community’s ability to respond to those in crisis is possible thanks to your support of JCA. For this young family, and many others facing hardship across our local Jewish community, you’ve made a profound difference in their lives. We are truly grateful for your support.