Monday, 27 February 2012

New partnership and behold!

The scaffolds come down and….

Behold the new JewishCare is there

Most of the scaffolding came down over the weekend and the impressive new building that will be the headquarters of JewishCare is now clearly visible.

The new facility at Saber Street Bondi Junction which will bring all of JewishCare’s programs together (including a shop front for Print35) is on schedule to be operational around the middle of this year.

Historic partnership to help children

JewishCare and The Benevolent Society have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will ensure that Jewish children who are removed from their families by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS), formerly known as DoCS are given the maximum opportunity to be placed with a Jewish family.

For many years JewishCare has operated a program called Family to Family Respite in which generous volunteers provide fortnightly weekend care for Jewish children. While this program will continue, the MOU will enable JewishCare to facilitate another level of care for Jewish children who are placed in out-of-home care by FaCS.

JewishCare President Allan Vidor said “JewishCare views it as extremely important to ensure the best long term outcomes for these vulnerable families and to this end we are honoured to be working with one of the most respected organisations in NSW.”

Founded in 1813, The Benevolent Society was Australia’s first charity and last year helped over 40,000 people. One of its many areas of expertise is foster care. The Benevolent Society’s Fostering Young Lives program is a government accredited out-of-home care provider and regularly conducts training for potential foster families.

As part of the MOU The Benevolent Society will provide information and conduct training for potential Jewish foster carers as well as assisting JewishCare to assess the appropriateness of applicants who have expressed the desire to be part of various foster care related programs.

The first joint Information Session for people interested in finding out how they can help will take place on Tuesday 20 March at 6 – 7.30 PM at Fischl House 4A Nelson St Woollahra. Call Lyn 0421 417 010 for more information.

Building on 27 Feb

View from Newland Street

View from Saber Street

Sam Weiss, Anne Hollands, Claire Vernon, Allan Vidor

Sam Weiss President of Bensoc and Allan Vidor President of JewishCare

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