During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2016, FHBS assisted 98 clients. One hundred and fifty-four grants were issued; the average grant was $500.00. Shelter, medical services and supplies and utilities continued to be the top requests for aid. Support for this program was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Twelve women were assisted with grants of $125-$225 per month. Additionally, each woman received a $100 gift card from the supermarket of her choice to help with the cost of Passover food. Financial updates are required for all stipend recipients midway through the funding cycle.
Eighty-three frail, elderly women had the benefit of a personal emergency response system, enabling them to remain safely in their own homes. Support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia provided a little over half the funding for this program.
Forty-one women received $50 pharmacy gift cards. This initiative was started in memory of our board member emerita, Lillian Tabas, and continues with the support of The Legacy Fund of Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron.
FHBS enabled 37 children from 28 families to attend 14 different day and overnight camps. This program was funded by Camp Council, National Council of Jewish Women and Seed the Dream Foundation.