The Family Store provides a dignified shopping experience to those in need and an opportunity for caring community individuals to offer support anonymously while providing engagement opportunities for the next generation. The store runs on the generosity of local donors and 41 suppliers across North America who steeply discount their prices. All store-based employees work regular shifts on a volunteer basis. A project of the Montreal Torah Center and the Chai Center, the grocery store aims to provide two staples: dinner and dignity.
Adopt-A-Savta pairs young adults with lonely elderly. It’s a Community of ‘Grandchildren’ Adopting Lonely ‘Grandparents’ across Israel. Working off of the Big Brother/Big Sister model, young volunteers “adopt” a grandmother or grandfather that is in need of love and attention for weekly visitations. The goal is to train as many volunteers as possible and to connect these two communities; young adults seeking to make meaningful contributions with intergenerational contact, and the lonely elderly in need of warmth and connection while we still are blessed with the presence of this holy generation (SDG-10).