Yad Chessed Charity Fund

Brookline, MA   |  www.yadchessed.org
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Mission

Yad Chessed Charity Fund helps needy people primarily in the Boston area. The Fund provides financial assistance in the form of grants, monthly food certificates, or loans. In the case of a grant, we do not give money directly to the individual, but instead will pay a bill on their behalf for such necessities as food, heat, rent, etc.

People with a chronic need often receive monthly food certificates for an area supermarket or kosher grocery store.

Yad Chessed also offers loans, which -- in accordance with Jewish law -- are interest-free. Borrowers are generally expected to pay back the loan within one year.

Unlike other charities where a substantial portion of a donor's contribution may be used to pay for fundraising and administratve expenses, none of a donor's contribution to Yad Chessed Charity Fund is used for these costs. Because we are primarily volunteer run, our overhead expenses are extremely low and the funds for these expenses are raised separately. Therefore, 100% of a donor's general contribution is used for helping the needy.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Robert Housman

Main address

46 Columbia St

Brookline, MA 02446

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EIN

04-3062897

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Direct Assistance in Times of Emergency

Yad Chessed provides assistance for food, housing, heat, clothing, medicine, electricity and other necessities in times of need. The examples are almost endless. A family may be threatened with eviction, cannot afford to pay for moving costs to a less expensive apartment, be about to have a heat or other utility shut off, or cannot pay for vital medicine. Yad Chessed provides for these families so that they do not become homeless, go without heat, electricity or other necessary utility, or become seriously ill. This was the main reason Yad Chessed was started and remains our primary focus.

Population(s) Served

Yad Chessed provides interest free loans for people with a temporary need. They may be between jobs, arranging their child's wedding or have unexpected bills. The loan is generally paid back over the ensuing year in equal monthly payments although the terms are flexible to be appropriate for the situation.

Population(s) Served

Currently, over 70 families receive monthly food certificates for area supermarkets or kosher grocery stores. Amounts per family range from $60 to $125 although on a temporary basis they can be larger.

Population(s) Served

Twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring, Yad Chessed provides clothing certificates to families with children.

Population(s) Served

Before Rosh Hashanah and Passover, Yad Chessed distributes additional food certificates so that families can celebrate these holidays.

An important commandment of Purim is "matanot l'evyonim" or "gifts to the poor". One is supposed to provide for the poor on Purim day. On Purim evening about 40 Jewish congregations and schools raise money which Yad Chessed distributes to the needy -- on Purim day -- in the form of food certificates.

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Financials

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Yad Chessed Charity Fund

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marc Fogel

self-employed

Robert Housman

No affiliation

Sue Housman

No affiliation

Charles Housman

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