For thousands in our community, UJA’s network of Jewish social service agencies—supported by our generous donors—is a lifeline in difficult times. This includes Anat, whose story speaks to the power of community.
In 2018, Anat—a member of our local Jewish community—began a new relationship. It soon became abusive to the point that, when they ended the relationship, he hit her with a car.
Struggling in the aftermath, Anat feared ending up on the street. “When you have nowhere to go, and no one believes the situation you’re in, it’s extremely challenging.”
At a moment of crisis, our community was there for Anat. Assistance from UJA-funded social service agencies like Jewish Free Loan Toronto (JFLT) and Jewish Family and Child Service (JF&CS) helped Anat get back on her feet. JF&CS helped her with applying for subsidy housing and provided assistance with rent and school supplies for Anat’s son. JFLT approved a loan for her even though she wasn’t working, giving her the financial stability she needed to start fresh.
Anat has food, a roof over her head, a stable and safe environment for her and her son. With support to take care of her family’s basic needs, Anat has been able to move forward in the process of healing and building a new life.
“There isn’t a word to express my thank you to the donors…they’ve literally saved my life.”
Anat’s story is just one of many. Thanks to our community’s support, UJA’s network of partner agencies can provide the range of services it takes to overcome crisis and make a difference for thousands.