How We Help

Yad Chessed helps hundreds of families and individuals annually through targeted financial assistance programs.

Contact us today with questions and see our Community Resource Guide for more support.

Emergency Financial Assistance

We pay clients’ bills for basic needs, including temporary food, rent, mortgage payments and/or utilities. Yad Chessed pays bills for clients on short notice, such as a rent payment to prevent a family from being evicted or a gas bill to stop them from having their heat turned off. We also provide help for such critical matters as essential car repairs, medical co-payments, unexpected housing-related expenses and beyond.

Interest-Free Loans

We use interest-free loans to help resolve immediate but temporary financial hardship, such as short-term unemployment or an unexpected, critical house repair.

Purim

On Purim Day, we work with synagogues, colleges and day schools across Massachusetts to collect AND give away matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor in the form of grocery store gift cards) to more than 500 Jewish families in need.

Allocating our funds

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* Figures for fiscal year 2014

2014 marked the organization’s 25th year, a year in which Yad Chessed helped nearly 800 families.

Holiday Food Assistance

We provide grocery gift cards to allow families to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

Monthly Food Cards

We send gift cards to qualifying families on the 20th of every month to ensure they have food at the end of the month.

Clothing Assistance

We provide families with children under 18 gift cards to help pay for fall and spring clothes.

We solve our clients’ immediate financial crises and support them on the road to financial sustainability in a way that maintains each client’s dignity.

Listening


Often the first stop for a Jewish family in need, we pay attention to each client’s unique story.

Connecting


Our social workers build a relationship with each client, making connections to other resources throughout the community and counseling them on financial matters as needed.

Solving


We provide funds to resolve immediate financial problems for our clients.

Preserving dignity


We work with each client with a careful eye toward his or her own needs and comfort.