During the fiscal year that ended April 30, 2020, FHBS assisted 80 clients. One hundred and four grants were issued; the average grant was $551. Shelter, medical services and home repairs continued to be the top priorities. Support for this program was provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Twelve women were assisted with grants from $150-$375 per month. Additionally, each woman received a $100 gift card from the supermarket of her choice to help with the cost of Passover food.
Eighty-six frail, elderly women gained peace of mind with the connection of a personal emergency response system to their telephone equipment, enabling them to remain safely in their own homes. Fourteen different women placed 55 calls for assistance.
Sixty-four women received $50 pharmacy gift cards. The program runs in six-month cycles, and most participants are continued for a second cycle on the recommendation of their case managers. This initiative was started in memory of our board member emerita, Lillian Tabas, continued with the support of The Legacy Fund of Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron and is now funded by The Josephine Cohen Charitable Foundation.
FHBS enabled 59 children from 31 families to attend 29 different day and overnight camps. This program was funded by the Seed the Dream Foundation, Jackie & Alan Luria and the National Council of Jewish Women.