Ready to help those in need. With both rising inflation and growing mental health challenges, your gift will help our community's most at-risk members. Ready to help those in need. With both rising inflation and growing mental health challenges, your gift will help our community's most at-risk members.


Sadly, many Jewish community members are continuing to struggle with the effects of the pandemic—especially in light of two deeply worrisome trends.

First, rapidly rising inflation is making it very difficult for many to afford basic necessities. Gasoline costs have skyrocketed by 40% in a single year. Grocery costs are up nearly 9% over last year. Inflation has become a daily struggle for those who were already vulnerable, be it seniors with low incomes or families still recovering from the job losses and economic devastation of 2020. No one should have to make the choice between getting groceries or paying rent, eating a meal or taking medicine. For one in eight Jewish community members experiencing poverty, UJA’s continued support for our 11 Jewish social service agency partners is essential.

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COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE LIVING IN POVERTY




UJA’S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE INVESTING IN SERVICES THAT SUPPORT THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS HIT HARDEST BY INFLATION.

This includes programs that offer food relief, financial aid, interest-free loans, affordable housing, and help securing meaningful employment. We will also continue adapting our Jewish social safety net to ensure that we are able to help more people in need, more efficiently, and with better individual outcomes. This will begin with creating a single gateway for community members to access the food relief program that is right for them, while also connecting them to other UJA-funded services to support their needs beyond food security.



THE PANDEMIC HAS ALSO EXPOSED A GROWING CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH.

Alarmingly, CAMH reports that one in two Canadians will have experienced a mental health challenge by the time they turn 40. UJA’s Annual Campaign will continue investing in mental health services through our network of social service agencies, including programs such as counselling and addiction support. However, early intervention is key to preventing lifelong and even life-threatening consequences, especially for children and youth. This requires a proactive, community-wide approach to help those who are at-risk before they hit rock-bottom.



TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNER AGENCIES, UJA WILL BE LAUNCHING A COMMUNITY-WIDE MENTAL HEALTH EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM.

This initiative will pair the expertise of our Jewish social service agencies with UJA’s unique ability to connect with Jewish institutions across the GTA. It will train and support staff and volunteers on the frontlines of our community—at our day schools, part-time schools, camps, JCCs, synagogues, and youth groups—creating an early warning system of hundreds of mental health leaders who are trained to spot signs of mental health distress, offer appropriate support, and connect those in need to professional help.