The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has significantly expanded its Winter Relief Program in Ukraine this year in response to a harsh winter worsened by the country’s energy crisis, skyrocketing costs, ongoing unrest, and the growing needs of displaced Jews. This necessary increase in resources and supplies for Jewish families in need represents a seven-fold increase in JDC’s Ukraine Winter Relief budget. JDC is currently assisting 2,400 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) within Ukraine, and numbers are growing as more than 500 new people came to request assistance in January alone – before the conflict reached the current level of crisis.
Many of those who remain in the conflict zone are homebound elderly individuals who under normal circumstances, are poverty stricken and homebound. Now, they are not even receiving their pensions from the state and are more isolated than ever. New people are asking for assistance every day as jobs become scarce and young families find themselves unable to meet their basic needs.
Additionally, there has been an amplified need for trauma relief and evacuation assistance for those who are able bodied and choose to leave. Those who flee are also offered assistance from the JDC with emergency housing for up to three months, food, medicine, and subsidized participation in Jewish community activities. More than 6,900 people in the conflict zone or who have fled their homes are receiving JDC life sustaining services.
At this point, personal loan collateral I’m sure you are asking yourself the same question the Sabrina Merage Foundation asked itself: How can I help?
Answer: Moishe House has partnered with the JDC to spread the word and encourage support for JDC’s Emergency Relief Packages. The support packages cost $4,000 each and provide consistent food and supplies for a Jewish family for 6 months with every single dollar going directly to the family being assisted.
A JDC emergency relief package in Ukraine generally includes the following types of assistance:
- Basic food staples like oil, sugar, tea, flour, kasha, and biscuits.
- Warm clothing including blankets, boots, gloves, winter clothes, undergarments, and scarves.
- Medical support, subsidized doctor consultations and provision of medical equipment or assistive devices.
- Winter assistance through resources such as wood, coal, gaurantor loan heaters, and financial support for gas bills.
- Assistance for bedbound, homebound, disabled or frail elderly or children through homecare for daily needs such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, shopping, etc.
- Emergency home repairs, one-time purchase of basic necessities, and special surgeries, as needed depending on family and individual needs.
The Sabrina Merage Foundation recently provided funds for 2 Emergency Relief Packages, and we hope you will join us in this collaborative effort to bring much needed support and resources to the families that are struggling each day in Ukraine.