Life as we know it has still not turned back to normal. People are suffering from loss of jobs, loss of health, and unfortunately for too many, loss of loved ones. It is a difficult time for everyone. We are spending more time with our family than ever before, which has its positives, but also the negatives of so many people crammed into one space. I do think that when all this subsides we will take a different approach to business, appreciating family, and the simple pleasures of just getting out.
Many wonderful organizations are offering assistance, including the JCCMP. We have just rolled out several programs, some through the JCC, and some in collaboration with other organizations, to ease the burden of struggling families. We hope that everyone takes advantage of what we offer. Free lunches are distributed at the JCCMP (3415 Quentin Rd.) on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. Additional assistance is available through the Project Machal food program, allowing families in need to apply for credit in their grocery store accounts until June 1. We have also been sending out a list of resources that are offered by many different organizations. If you have not been receiving our emails, please visit our website at JCCMP.org.
There have been many complaints about the way this pandemic was handled. Although it is very serious, we need to keep in mind that there is a constant learning curve as we find out more about this virus, something we have never faced before. Blaming people will not take us further, so we need to focus on getting as much information as possible.
On a positive note, many states have started re-opening their stores and businesses, and we hope that our state will follow suit, provided that social distancing and safety precautions are in place. My hope is that we open our bungalow colonies, summer camps, and of course, our businesses, and get back to normal as soon as possible. One thing is for sure: we will never forget this.
Let us be kind and sensitive to one another in these trying times. Remember the old adage: No one will remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.
Please see inside this issue for an overview of what is available to you.
For more information on all the services provided through the JCC, please visit our website at JCCMP.org