Seeking Help for IHN families


Dear friends,

I’m writing to everyone who has helped host homeless families at Shomrei Emunah in recent years. As you probably know, IHN stays actively involved with families who have moved into their own homes. Quite a few of the adults in these families are now essential workers and others have lost their jobs and are struggling to get by.

Our contacts at IHN just let us know that several families badly need help paying for basic purchases, including everything from hand sanitizer to summer clothing for their children. If you can help, please send a check in any amount you choose to Brenda Myrick, IHN’s Director of Social Services, at 46 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042.

Finally, here are some other requests: One of the families badly needs a car. If you or someone you know is willing to donate or sell a car at a very low price, please email Melissa Perales, IHN’s new head of community engagement, at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please also let Melissa know if you can donate a dresser.

Thanks to all of you for being faithful supporters of IHN. I know it’s a tough time for everyone, but with relatively small individual donations, this is an opportunity to come together and really help struggling families — including some we have hosted at Shomrei.

My very best,


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Dale Russakoff

Dale Russakoff

Dale Russakoff is coordinator of the Mensch Squad and co-coordinator with Shirley Grill of our work to house homeless families through the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County. She and her husband, Matt Purdy, an editor of the New York Times, have been Shomrei members for more than twenty years. Dale was a reporter for The Washington Post for 28 years and is now a freelance writer. She has just finished her first book, published in September. Dale and Matt have two grown sons, Sam and Adam.
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