JCCMP Community Resources Due to COVID-19


Dear Friends

Times are very tough for so many families now and getting even tighter as we have been out of work for several weeks.

I wanted to share with you some services and programs to help balance our lives until this is over and we resume our normal schedules and jobs.

Please stay safe and we hope for this to be over sooner than later iyh.




Flatbush fund food assistance program
Contact the Flatbush Community Food for emergency grocery assistance. Applicable only to those
affected by COVID-19

Almona Food Assistance Fund
If one’s spouse has passed away due to corona and has children still at home, they can receive a credit in their grocery account at Glatt Mart until September.
For more information, contact COJO 718-377-2900

Almona/Almon Benefits 
There is a “survivors’ benefit” program (through Social Security) available to children under the age of 18 who are orphaned from either parent. If the deceased parent earned a paycheck, the surviving spouse is eligible to apply for this monthly government payment.
Mrs. Shaindy Moskowitz assists and guides widow/widowers through this process לשם מצוה. She can be reached at 646-246-3930

Personal Loans
Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering up to $5,000 interest free loans to residents of NYC affected by COVID-19. Restrictions apply. Click the link below to learn more.

Help to file for unemployment

SNAP matching assistance will reimburse families on SNAP benefits to purchase additional essential goods.
Individuals will need to share a receipt (dated March 1, 2020 or after) that includes a summary of SNAP benefits used on the purchase. ​ will reimburse up to $50 for essential goods and groceries purchased on your SNAP card.


Delay paying your bills 
Due to the Governor’s executive order for 90 days, if funds are tight you can call your mortgage, utilities, credit cards, car payments, insurance to ask for a deferment for 90 -180 days in order to re-prioritize your funds.

NOTE: This is a deferment, not a forgiveness and you will still be required to make the payment at a later date. (please look into policies regarding credit cards as they may place your spending/ points on hold if you stop the payments)

Free computer and business courses 
The JCC is offering several courses to help you increase your business. Quick book, social media and webinars. sign up at

Grocery Volunteers (food and pharmacy)
If you are unable to leave your home to pick up essentials, volunteers are there to help.
Please contact or

Apply for PPP loan or SBA Economic disaster loan
Cross River Bank is helping small businesses apply for SBA and PPP loans

Estate planning – Moskowitz Legal Group

Basic Estate Planning documents, which include: Wills, Health Care Proxy, and Power of Attorney, for any healthcare provider who is working on the front lines – free of charge. For anyone who has been affected by Covid-19, we are offering the preparation of basic Estate Planning documents, which include, Will, Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney for an individual at a flat fee rate of $750. Phone: 212-419-0118

New testing site 
New Walk-In Testing Site in Flatbush at Brookdale Family Health Center located at 1095 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226. Appointment only! You must call the NYS Department of Health at 888-364-3065.

Employment opportunities
1. Visit
2. The City of New York is looking to immediately hire 1,000 contact tracers, particularly people with experience in the healthcare field. Training will also be made available to those who work across city agencies to complement this work. These contact tracers will interview people who are positive, identify others who may have been exposed, and follow-up with those people in turn to be tested. Hiring will be done through the Fund for Public Health. Please visit for more information or email

I want to personally thank all those who volunteered with the JCC this past month, assisting over 450 families with food deliveries, emergency financial assistance, shopping, free tax return preparation, supplying weekly information, scheduling free business courses and webinars and for caring.

If you know of additional resources, please email me and we will add them.

Warm regards and stay safe,

Shea  Rubenstein
Executive Vice president
JCC of Marine Park

P.S. If you would like to help the JCC, help the community, please donate at Let’s help together!