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HOMELESSNESS & FOOD INSECURITY
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)
Simply go to Amazon.com and then search for your sponsored family’s wish list items and add them to your shopping cart. Once you’re finished, check out and be sure to use your sponsored family’s address as the shipping destination. And don’t worry, your address will not be shared with anyone including the family you sponsored.
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.
This program is COVID conscious.
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
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.
Emanu-El Holiday Dinner Drive
Partner: Benefiting San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
What is the SF-Marin Food Bank? Their mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. They envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food — in a dignified manner — to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. How can you help? Donate. Every $1 donated to the Holiday Dinner drive provides 2 healthy meals. All amounts appreciated.
Join the SF Black-Jewish Unity Group
Partner: The SF Black-Jewish Unity Group
2nd Thursday of each month; To sign up or for more information, email Georgina Garcia
More about the SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group? In 2016, Rabbi Beth Singer 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. How can you help? 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.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved in January 2021
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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