Founded in 1999, the Special Needs Education Resource Center (ERC) provides critical education, family support, and specialized medical consultation services to disabled children and their families in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Without the ERC, many children needing special education services would not be permitted to attend school, leaving them vulnerable, undereducated, and severely at risk. The ERC provides families with the tools and emotional supports needed to keep their children at home in a healthy environment, while specialized medical consultation delivers expert attention to children with complex medical issues.

JF&CS recently hosted a breakfast with ERC Executive Director, Tamara Olchanitsky. Ms. Olchanitsky met with members of CJP Women’s Philanthropy, who generously provided the funds for the ERC to purchase an accessible van that could transport its participants to and from the center. Ms. Olchanitsky shared many inspirational stories of the courageous work the staff of the ERC is doing for children with disabilities and their families in Dnepropetrovsk.

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