[A house] must be made as a place for people to live. It must be made as an honorable place.
–Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Tefillin & Mezuzah
For many years, in the spring, our synagogue has participated in a hands-on housing-related service project in support of our extended community: Sukkot in Spring. Continuing in that tradition, Etz Hayim will this year be joining forces with our friends at Agudas Achim and the organization Yachad** on the nation’s largest home/community repair program sponsored by the Jewish community. Yachad’s mission is rooted in the Jewish commitment to seek justice by engaging in acts of loving kindness, and this will be a meaningful opportunity for us to come together with our extended community to see the impact we can make in a day.
This year Etz Hayim and Agudas Achim will be volunteering with Yachad on April 15, 2018, which is also Good Deeds Day. No experience is necessary! If you are over 14 (with adult supervision) and interested in joining us for a day of hard work and fun, please sign up here: www.shalomdc.org/agudasyachadgdd2018/ Questions? Contact: John Howard.
Home repair assignment | About the family: You will be helping repair the home of Mr. Watson B., who is elderly and has Alzheimers, and shares his home with his daughter, grandson, and teenage great-grandson. Originally from South Carolina, he moved to DC for a better job over 70 years ago, bringing his mother and siblings with him.
The family is especially looking forward to having the old windows repaired in the living room, so they will open once again, and having the damaged kitchen cabinets fixed and reattached to the wall.
There is a huge loss of affordable housing and crisis in homelessness in the metro D.C. area; it is important to preserve existing housing owned by lower income families who don’t have the resources to keep up with costly repairs. This family has lived in their home for 65 years and we will help them get back on their feet. You will get a chance to meet the family. CLICK HERE to download the complete details on this home assignment, including its location and what to bring with you.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED: Whether or not you’re able to join us for the day, please consider making a financial contribution through the official crowdfunding site set up by Yachad: www.crowdrise.com/etz-hayim-house
Yachad (www.yachad.dc.org) is a local nonprofit housing group that repairs homes in the D.C. metro area, ensuring that lower income families have a safe, secure place to call home. Sukkot in Spring is Yachad’s signature program. Since 1992 hundreds of single-family homes, group houses, and community centers have been repaired through this program.
Yachad’s mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. Yachad means “together” in Hebrew, and that is how they do their work – through partnerships with homeowners, houses of worship, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders. They mobilize skilled and unskilled volunteers, invest financial resources, and, through their work with groups like ours, transform people and properties. Yachad’s mission is rooted in the Jewish commitment to seek justice by engaging in acts of loving kindness, and this will be a meaningful opportunity for us to come together with our extended community, and by working with Agudas Achim and Yachad on this project, to see the impact we can make in a day.