A Fiscal Year Report from KleinLife's President & CEO
August 31st marked the end of KleinLife’s fiscal year. This year, like no other, was full of uncertainty and challenges. This was the year that made us rethink the whole strategy for meaningful service provision for our clients. This was the year we’ve seen the tears of joy in the seniors’ eyes when we were the only ones who would come to their homes in the middle of a pandemic to deliver meals. This was the year we saw the tears of gratitude in the eyes of the parents who were finally afforded an opportunity to go back to work because our camp was open. Here are the highlights of our accomplishments:
Since the mid-March we have delivered over 70,000 meals to about 700 seniors who were not able to leave their homes to go to a supermarket;
In order to deal with issues of social isolation, we’ve initiated online programming that now offers over twenty activities each week to over 200 seniors. Our online fitness sessions are attended by 35-40 seniors. We also offer classes on history, culture, and music.
Over 200 children participated in our summer camp programs. Most of our children come from low-income families, so their parents were finally afforded an opportunity to go back to work;
Following the decision of the Philadelphia School District not to reopen until November, and possibly later, we have started a full-day school enrichment program that allows parents to drop their children off at KleinLife and have them complete their classes online;
Hundreds of children have been participating in our Sunday Hebrew School, STEM program, and other online classes since April;
We have spent over $1,000,000 completing multiple building improvements including a new roof, new parking lot, resurfacing of the swimming pool, and other necessary updates.
All of these efforts would not have been successful without the support of many foundations and funders. We have received huge support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its JFRE Group, the Weinberg Fund, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Meals on Wheels America, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, The Philadelphia Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Barra Foundation, The Wawa Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation, The Green Foundation, The Wells Fargo Foundation and many, many more. We have also received unbelievable support from our donors and the board!
I would really like to thank all of our donors for all their support. I would also like to thank our staff for the great work they’ve done during these uncertain times!
May We Go From Strength to Strength!
KleinLife President & CEO