The CHAI Celebration on November 7 raised funds for JF&CS programs for people with disabilities and mental illness. The evening was also an opportunity to share the positive effect JF&CS has on individuals who receive our services.
Jay is 62 years young and has autism and intellectual disabilities. He was one of the first CHAI residents when the program began in 1990. Previously, Jay had been living at home with his parents. CHAI enabled him to live in his own apartment by himself for a while, and then in a group setting as he aged and his needs increased. He currently lives in a three-bedroom apartment with two other long-term CHAI residents. CHAI provides Jay with support in his health care coordination, financial management, and also with assistance in accessing his community. Thanks to CHAI, Jay enjoys the annual CHAI camping trip and attends services at his local synagogue. He is also a member of CHAI Works, which allows him to volunteer at Cradle to Crayons and Meals on Wheels, and he helps with mailings for various JF&CS programs. He was part of the CHAI B’nai Mitzvah class in 2004 and he still studies with the original group monthly.
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