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“Climbing Out of a Deep Depression by Learning to Lean on Others”

December 14, 2014

After complications from knee surgery, Iris Nieves sank into a depression so severe she said she realized the only way out was to seek assistance. Ms. Nieves turned to the Jewish Association Serving the Aging, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New… Read more

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“Trapped Within Her Anxieties, a Woman Learns She Is Not Alone”

December 7, 2014

Anna Reifman has been plagued much of her life with depression, but therapy is helping her go to college. In 2012, she began receiving help at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, and one of s… Read more

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“Moving to Be Near Their Daughters, but Still Far Away ”

December 1, 2014

Mariya and Leonid Livshyts, both in their 70s, moved to Atlanta from Ukraine in 2008, but health issues and financial troubles drove them to New York. Through Selfhelp Community Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York and one of the s… Read more

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“After Years With Caregivers, Cherishing Her Independence”

November 22, 2014

The Jewish Child Care Association, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, and The Times Neediest Cases fund, helped Dejulaira Lopez, who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and spent her childhood in more than a half dozen foster homes, re… Read more

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“Amid Years of Psychiatric Turmoil, a Glue Gun Helps Keep Her Life Intact”

November 20, 2014

Creative doll-making helps Elaine Baez cope with trauma from an abusive past. Westchester Jewish Community Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, drew $200 from the Neediest Cases funds to buy her shoes and warmer clothing so that s… Read more

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“The Custodian of the Song in His Heart”

November 17, 2014

Ted Karadenes is 67 and shares a one-bedroom apartment with two other men, subsisting on catering work and federal benefits. This year, Mr. Karadenes turned to Selfhelp Community Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York and one of the … Read more

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“A Final Tribute for a Daughter Who Died From a Secret Illness ”

November 10, 2014

Mr. Gil has been unable to work as an engineer after suffering from a stroke. Nonetheless, he became an active volunteer at the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York. Read more

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“A Resolve to Stay Young, Undimmed by Illness”

November 7, 2014

Irina Finkel of Brooklyn, who made films as a young woman in Ukraine, has been disabled by a brain tumor and was helped by The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York. Read more

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“Making the Rent ”

November 7, 2014

Through the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, Mr. and Mrs. Aleksander Ptselintsev received $1,000 from the Neediest Cases Fund to make their rent payment, which helped them stave off the threat of evictio… Read more

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“Trying to Control Nerves That Conjure Up Threats”

January 21, 2014

Since 2010, Khristina Olivo, who lives in Yonkers, has received mental health counseling from Westchester Jewish Community Services, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation of New York, one of the organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Case… Read more