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Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam is an integral part of congregational life at Or Hadash. CV-19 has temporarily interrupted our intimate communications with the community, but we have found ways to overcome during these times.

 

Current Initiatives

Kroger Gift Cards | IMMEDIATE NEED for our August 16-23 Host Week 
With your support our goal is to collect 14 Kroger Gift Cards ($25 each) totaling $350 by August 12. These gift cards will be used by the Family Promise families to purchase the food they need during our 3rd of four annual co-host weeks with Sandy Springs United Methodist Church (SSUMC). To support this effort, please give generously to Or Hadash Tikkun Olam Fund (noting Kroger gift card) and we will purchase the cards on your behalf and deliver to Family Promise.

Given the pandemic, and for everyone’s safety, our mission looks a bit different. We are not cooking meals, serving meals nor participating in community time. However, Family Promise has created an Amazon Prime Wish List of supplies and gift cards that are needed to support the families. This allows you to participate in our mission safely and from a distance. Click here to access wish list link. When checking out, make sure to select delivery to Family Promise. We are excited to continue this incredible opportunity in collaboration with Family Promise of North Fulton/Dekalb - ending the cycle of homelessness one family at a time.

The Family Promise mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Our rotational shelter works with congregations of all faiths in our community. The overall goal and purpose of Family Promise is to provide children and their families with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing. Below are brief profiles of the families you are helping to get back on their feet.

Meet the families in need of our help

Kayla (Mom) is working for Voters Registration in DeKalb County and leaves St. Luke’s daily during the week to work. She takes her son, Isaiah (age 10), to the YMCA and he will continue to go when school starts and do his classes online. We are helping Kayla with daycare costs through our Freedom to Work Program. Wanda is working with Kayla on budgeting and paying off debt which will help her credit score. 

Aby (Mom) is working at Comcast and stays at St. Luke’s so she can be with her son, Dominic (age 10), when school starts virtually. She is working with Wanda to improve her credit score with some budgeting classes and financial literacy. Aby will be receiving her car from Project Spark on Wednesday, and we are so excited for her to get out of the ridiculous fees she was paying to lease a vehicle through Lyft. 

Nichola (Mom) got a job about 6 weeks ago and she is doing well. Finally able to create a nest egg for her and her family. Leah (age 13) attends Durid Hills Middle School. Rachel (age 14) will be schooling online the first semester at Dekalb Early College. Michael (age 18) will be continuing his internship online at Atlanta Technical College. Nichola will be receiving her car from Project Spark on Wednesday, this has been a long wait for her. 

Community Assistance Center (CAC) 
CAC serves residents of greater Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities. They provide food and job assistance, adult education training (financial literacy, computer skills, English as a second language), as well as rent and utility assistance to prevent eviction as families transition into a stable life. We are in great need of volunteer assistance. For a list of  opportunities, please visit the CAC website.

Alternative Giving Opportunity: Because of CV-19 Or Hadash will not be providing the familiar Project Isaiah food barrels this year. Instead, we ask that you generously donate $5, $10, $18, $20, $25 (or what ever amount your choose) to Or Hadash Tikkun Olam Fund

Register to Vote 
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DeKalb County Polling Information

Fulton County Polling Information


 

Working with the Elderly | During the year, our Rabbi and congregants visit senior residents at The Breman Jewish Home, Huntcliff Summit, Renaissance, Summer's Landing, and Hammond Glen. 

Response to Homelessness | At various times throughout the year, congregants assist at local homeless shelters cooking, serving, schmoozing and occasionally staying overnight. 

Response to Hunger | By working with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Second Helpings Atlanta, and Jewish Family & Career Services, we continue our efforts to end hunger locally. Congregants can get involved by participating in the Hunger Walk, Passover Food Drive, and Operation Isaiah - Yom Kippur Food Drive.

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