From our Executive Director, David Kaplan

While preparing to spend time with my family over the next few days, I am taking time to reflect on the last 12 months here at NECHAMA and the multitude of ways in which I am grateful. Since last Thanksgiving, NECHAMA has responded to disasters including historic hurricane landings, in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, South Carolina, and Georgia, as well as floods in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As I write this, teams from NECHAMA are hard at work in three states and territories. They are tirelessly working to bring hope and comfort to those in need, comforting communities and families mourning loss after disasters, and helping to bring wholeness to those have lost so much. Most importantly, they have chosen to not stand idly by while our neighbors are in need and are instead engaging in Tikkun Olam – working to repair the world through direct service and action.

I am grateful for the dedication of our staff and volunteers – despite the hard work and long days, they wake up, put on their work boots, and go out to work on another home. Day after day, they embody the values of NECHAMA, one home, one family at a time.

I am grateful for our donors and supporters, who make this work possible. Through financial gifts, in-kind donations, spreading our story, and volunteering their special skills, our work is not possible without their ongoing devotion to our mission.

It is on the shoulders of the commitment that our staff, volunteers, donors, and supporters show every day, that NECHAMA continues to grow and expand our capacity to help. While the need for our services grows as major events become more commonplace, so does the community of hope continue to grow around us. It is with conviction I say that by working together, I know there is still so much more we are capable of in the years to come.

From all of us here at NECHAMA, to your family, may your Thanksgiving be full of love, kindness, and hope.

David Kaplan
Executive Director