A Lifeline of Support
Client care is the heart and soul of our organization. When families and individuals find themselves in dire need, SBH is there to answer their call for counseling. Staff and volunteers use the entire organization’s resources to create a treatment plan for each case that brings out independence and stability.
Budget & Credit Counseling Program
Struggling families are matched with a social worker and captain to form a multifaceted, holistic support system incorporating all the SBH resources. They work together to create a plan using creativity and compassion to achieve client independence.
Hidary Family Financial Assistance Program
Under the supervision of the Ely & Rena Cohen Allocation Committee, SBH provides crucial financial relief to families in need towards rent, food and utilities.
SBH helps guide and secure all our community members with eligible federal and state entitlements. These include food stamps, citizenship, Medicare, Medicaid, HEAP, social security, SCRIE, and more.
We are honored to give the joy and celebration of the holidays to our clients with vouchers, ceremonial items, and the Lorraine and Louis Shamie Holiday Meals Program.
This Hebrew calendar year SBH gave out:
Rosh Hashanah – $47,000 in food vouchers, $27,000 in clothing vouchers
Sukkot – 385 sets of lulav and etrog
Hanukkah – 600 toys, 248 Toys R Us gift cards
Purim – $57,500 in matanot laevyonim, 141 mishloah manot
Passover – $25,000 in gift cards, 215 food packages
SBH grants the often unsolicited wishes of our clients, by giving them a chance for enjoyment during a time of turmoil. Some examples include sending a struggling couple on a date night who were both working overtime for their families, gifting bicycles to children who were worried they couldn’t ride around with their friends all summer, and buying a plane ticket for a mother to attend her child’s wedding out of state.
With the collection of small donations from individual women, SBH is able to provide provide local recreational activities to families who cannot afford to go away for winter vacation.
Some clients are matched with a community rabbi as an additional support to the family, almost like a second captain. They are yet another resource of guidance and care for those who are struggling.
Open a Home
For families who are moving into a new home or need help within a current home, a committee of volunteers works on getting linens, kitchenware, and whatever else is needed to set up or improve a home.
“ I used to hide in the car until you were ready for our appointment. Now I walk into SBH with confidence, not shame, to address the important issues of my life. Thank you is an understatement to the person who helped “me” get back “me.”
“ Due to unfortunate circumstances, I required assistance from SBH. They were there for me from the beginning whether it was financially or emotionally. It was very difficult to think clearly with so many stresses and they were there to make my transition as stress free as possible and to help me get back on my own two feet.”
“ It is with extreme reverence I have to the people who came out of the shadows – my guardian angels so to speak – actually, I think they live for these moments, and for that they are eternally blessed.”
Government Entitlements: 718-787-1100 x308