Project ORE - Help Us Feed Hungry and Homeless Jews
“Project ORE helped restore order to my life. When I was homeless, I didn’t know where to turn. Thanks to their help, I’m on track for a better, healthier life.” – Solomon, one of our clients.
Project ORE – A Community of Compassion and Care
Project ORE, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Outreach to Elders Project, has provided homeless, mentally ill and isolated elderly Jews with nutritious kosher meals and a caring Jewish community for more than 20 years. Many low-income Jewish seniors do not have access to affordable kosher food, and are faced daily with the difficult choice of going hungry or resorting to eating foods that don’t conform to Judaism’s dietary guidelines. Project ORE serves 17,520 kosher meals per year to impoverished Jews, at no cost to the participants.
While the centerpiece of Project ORE is the daily kosher meal service, the Program stands out from other food pantries and soup kitchens in several important ways. Our mission is to nourish not only the body, but also the heart and the soul. Along with serving meals, we provide a comprehensive program of counseling, case management and emotional support, as well as rich opportunities to socialize and participate in a wide array of wellness programs, art classes and other activities.
We emphasize Judaism’s customs and traditions by offering a weekly Oneg Shabbat, holiday celebrations and ongoing classes in Hebrew and Jewish studies. To Project ORE, our members are not “mouths to feed”, but rather individuals and family members, deserving of opportunity, dignity and the highest possible quality of life.
As poverty and inequality rates in New York City are soaring, our clients remain vulnerable and marginalized. But we have made them a promise: Project ORE will not turn anyone away. You can make a difference, while helping us keep our commitment. Your generous donation will provide continued nutrition, compassion and care for Jews in need. By giving to Project ORE, you are not only sponsoring a meal — you are touching a homeless Jew’s life. Please send your tax-deductible donation today, and thank you for bringing light and hope into our clients’ lives.
How Your Gift Will Make A Difference:
|$1,000||sponsors a Project ORE member for a full year.|
|$500||buys one day’s kosher lunch for 50 members.|
|$250||pays for one month of Hebrew or art classes.|
|$100||provides emergency cash assistance for one member.|
|$20||buys one Oneg Shabbat for one member.|
|A donation of any size will help a homeless or hungry Jewish senior. Thank you for your support!|
Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. We guarantee that 85 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly to helping a New Yorker in need. Please consider the opportunity to double the impact of your gift by having it matched by your employer!
For more information or to make a gift by phone, please call (646) 395-4086 or email us. To make a donation by mail, please send a check made payable to The Educational Alliance, 197 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002 and write Project ORE in the memo line.
Meet Our Seniors
Frank had been living on the streets for two years before he found his way to Project ORE. He had been evicted from his apartment while he was injured and on leave from work. Without an address, he had no way of receiving mail and medical leave checks from his employer. We helped Frank receive psychiatric help, restore his benefits and find new housing. He is now living on his own in an apartment in Queens and has returned to his old job.
Adam was homeless, hungry and mentally ill when he came to us for free kosher meals. With counseling and assistance finding housing from our staff, he is now living independently and developing his skills as a talented amateur sculptor.
Liz used to live on the streets until she conquered her drug addiction with the help of Project ORE. Now she has been sober for 8 years and is enrolled in a four-year college program.