Shorefront JCC takes a progressive approach to addressing chronic problems in our communities. We provide fundamental social services, immigration, legal services, job training support and language training to the economically disadvantaged, immigrants and elderly in Brighton and Manhattan Beach and surrounding neighborhoods.
We help people who have nowhere else to turn, providing services that are culturally sensitive and high in quality (our programs are consistently rated from “very good” to “excellent” on evaluations by our funders and by Vendex).
Over the years our services immigrants have been an excellent investment for our funders; the second generation in the immigrant families we served in the 1980s and 90’s are largely self-sufficient, taxpaying citizens. Our services to the elderly cost a fraction of what the state would pay if our clients were in nursing homes.
Focus on Efficiency
Shorefront JCC works hard to make our donors’ dollars go as far as possible, with as little as possible to overhead and non-personnel expenditures. Over 80% of our funding goes to direct program activities. One coordinator and our committed volunteers run our entire Food Pantry program, which provides almost 19,000 food packages and more than 25,000 prepared meals a year.
We are constantly looking for more efficient and effective ways to do the work. Working with Met Council, we will soon be installing a document management system; new records will be created on the system and old files will be scanned in. This will:
The Changing Face of the Immigrant Population
Brighton Beach is now experiencing an influx on Pakistani immigrants, as well as some Latino immigrants. They have the same basic needs as the earlier Russian immigrants (entitlements, food, an understanding of the school system, etc.), but there is no established Pakistani social service agency in the area to meet these needs.
Shorefront JCC is hoping to be able to expand services to serve the Pakistani community. We have ties with Pakistani cultural organizations in the area. We have ties with other Muslim populations in the community, including the Turkish population, whose members have offered us event space.
In order to begin developing and publicizing services for this population, it is critical that we be able to hire one or more case workers who speak languages common among the immigrants.