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Family Homelessness in 2021 |Support a Hamilton Family with a Welcome Home Kit!| Sunday Dinner Delivery to G-House| Bring Lunches to Jelani House Shelter for New Moms |Light of Giving Appreciation 2020 Video | Be a JFCS Food Bank Volunteer | SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group |
Family Homelessness in 2021
A Virtual Fireside Chat
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 pm
REGISTER HERE– open to the public
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council welcomes Hamilton Families new CEO, Noon in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. The conversation will explore the current state of homeless families in the city, how Hamilton Families has risen to meet the unique challenges of the past year, and what is on the horizon for the organization whose mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Support a Hamilton Family with a Welcome Home Kit!
Who is Hamilton Families? Every day, Hamilton Families works tirelessly to help families experiencing homelessness find housing, helping them transition into their own homes, and ensuring they have the resources and services they need to stabilize and thrive. Congregation Emanu-El and Hamilton Families are joining together to help families in our community to find a safe place to sleep. We need your help!
How can you help? Help us Welcome Home families in Hamilton Families’ Rapid ReHousing program by giving them the household necessities and creature comforts that families experiencing homelessness need as they move into their new homes. Together, with your friends and family, you can sponsor “Welcome Home” move-in kits for families in Hamilton’s programs, including dish sets, pots and pans, towels, bedding, kitchen appliances, and so much more! (value of a kit is approx.$150-$200)
To participate in this meaningful and special program, please register above and we will then reach out to you with information, details, and a wishlist for the family you are so kindly sponsoring.
We are back with G-House! Volunteer for Sunday dinner delivery for youth!
Partner: G-House, Larkin St Youth Services
While our traditional G-House dinners have been cancelled due to social distancing, the youth still need our support! We are re-launching our efforts to alleviate food insecurity for the youth living at G-House, a transitional home for youth run by Larkin Street Youth Services. Currently Larkin Street is not comfortable with homemade and/or hand-delivered meals, and are requiring meals be delivered to G-House directly from a restaurant.
How can you help? Each Sunday evening we need a volunteer to purchase a meal for 25 to 30 youth from a list of pre-specified local restaurants, including The Melt, Giorgio’s, Tsing Tao and Chipotle. Specific menus have been chosen by the program manager at G-House and range from $200-$500. The total dinner cost for each menu is a close estimate and does not include tax, tip or service fees. Menus and order instructions will be shared with volunteers in the confirmation email. If this is a financial burden for volunteers, we suggest gathering friends and/or other congregants to share the cost. This would need to be organized by volunteers directly and we are not able to offer reimbursement.
We thank you for your generosity and flexibility in accommodating the needs of G-House during the pandemic, and look forward to resuming in-person dinners when it is safe for all.
Bring Lunches to Jelani House Shelter for New Moms
Partner: Homeless Prenatal Program at Jelani House
What is Jelani House? Jelani House is a transitional housing shelter for new mothers experiencing homelessness, which opened in the Bayview District in February 2020. Our partner HPP (Homeless Prenatal Program) facilitates programs at Jelani House which focus on creating a healing home that fosters stability while residents acclimate to motherhood. These women need specialized support, as homelessness poses significant risk to birth outcomes. HPP offers health, parenting and financial classes along with housing assistance with the aim of boosting the women and their children into permanent housing and a better future.
How can you help? The volunteer’s responsibility is to drop off lunch on Wednesdays between 11—11:30am. Please plan on bringing a main course, vegetable/fruit salad, and dessert to feed 15 women. The items may be cooked at home or purchased (we are unable to offer reimbursement). Your coordinator will be in touch with reminders and more information a few days prior.
“The meals prepared by the congregants at Temple Emanuel are the best meals of the week!” – HPP Founder, Martha Ryan
Be A Food Bank Volunteer
Partner: Jewish Families & Children Services (JFCS)
What are JFCS Food Banks?
JFCS’ Food Banks provide assistance to hundreds of low-income individuals and families, seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals in crisis.
How can you help? You can help by donating nonperishable (non-expired) groceries, toiletries, and personal hygiene items. Find a list of our current needs >
Become part of our Regional Food Bank Corps: Help by shopping for perishable items, stocking the shelves of our regional food banks, and conducting monthly inventory.
Become a JFCS Food Runner: Volunteer to pick up groceries from JFCS Food Banks and deliver them to our Food Bank families.
Join the SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group
Partner: SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group
2nd Thursday of each month; To sign up or for more information, email Georgina Garcia
In 2016, Rabbi Beth Singer and congregant Malcolm Gissen collaborated with leaders within the African American community in San Francisco to create the SF Black-Jewish Unity Group. Since then, the two communities have been working together to fight injustice and bring about change. All are welcome to join the group. As of now, the Unity Group will not hold in-person meetings. Monthly meetings have moved to ZOOM every second Thursday of the month from, 6pm – 7:15 pm.
April 28, 2021, 5:00 PM
Year-round Collection Bins
We have traditionally held clothing and household collection bins year-round at Emanu-El for St. Anthony’s and non-perishable food collection bins for both the San Francisco Food Bank and Jewish Family and Children Services. During COVID, donations are not currently being accepted. Please sign up here for details.
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