The lessons we’ve learned during this time are invaluable. We appreciate our jobs, the food on our tables, and our loved ones so much more. We will take these lessons with us moving forward and reflect on how our lives have shifted during this challenging time.
When I step outside, there is a sense of hope in the air.
The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation pivoted to address the dire need for food in Queens, the hardest hit area in New York. Many of you generously joined our efforts and collectively we provided 2,000,000 meals to feed over 400,000 people. The need for food increased by 80% in Queens and isn't expected to go away. Please join us in making sure that no child goes to bed hungry by donating through our link: FoodBankNYC.org/LeFrak
Our job training programs for women continued and adjusted to accommodate remote learning. The Women in Need Homeless Shelter (Win), began a refresher course for our LeFrak Computer Training Program graduates and we were excited to learn that two of the participants moved out of the shelter into permanent housing. The Grace Institute, seamlessly shifted to remote learning for their administrative professionals and healthcare assistant programs. We also launched a new virtual program with Operation Hope and Goldman Sachs to deliver financial literacy and entrepreneurship training in Newark, New Jersey. The women participating are involved with the justice system. This 12 week program is providing them with the tools to transform their lives.
We are excited to continue impacting women and families as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. We are prepared to remain nimble in this new environment. Please join me to help women and families overcome the challenges ahead by donating to Support.winnyc.org/LeFrak