Miriam Fein first came into contact with JF&CS at five years old, when her family fled Romania and arrived in America as refugees. “My aunt connected us with JF&CS – the agency had just started its New American Services program and through this program JF&CS found an apartment for us. I was very young but I realized that it was strangers who had done it all for us – furnished the apartment and considered all the details, down to a tray for silverware in the kitchen.”
JF&CS remained a source of support for Miriam – after she had her first child, she signed up to have a Visiting Mom, joined a local New Moms group run by JF&CS, and had a lactation consultant visit her. Miriam recalls: “She gave me support and was like an angel – everything would be horrible and then she’d come through the door and everything would be wonderful!”
So when Miriam’s children started school and she found herself with more time, she knew that she wanted to volunteer for JF&CS. “JF&CS has come into my life at various points. I have such an appreciation for what the agency has done for me personally. When my kids started school I had time and I knew that being involved with JF&CS and volunteering was what I wanted to do.”
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