Archive for May, 2013

This Sunday We Gave Out Money (Monopoly Money)

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Yesterday we held the second installment of our Homeowners Education Workshop this year. These workshops allow a sustainable partnership with the homeowners, ensuring that they gain home management skills from their experience with Yachad.

We kicked off the workshop with board member Roxanne Littner’s Monthly Money Management workshop. Roxanne’s wise words emphasized the importance of savings, no matter the amount. Then everyone had a chance to visualize their monthly spending by counting out each expense in monopoly money… an exercise that gave tangible understanding of where money goes.

Roxanne speaking to the class

Sherrill Frost-Brown from the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) followed with a talk about possible discrimination from insurance companies and how NFHA is working to stop such injustices. Sherrill also had some helpful tips on how to receive discounts on housing insurance.

We closed the workshop with Connie Mobley, former Yachad homeowner and active community leader, who spoke about community involvement. We looked at ways to be a good neighbor- from aiding the elderly to getting involved in neighborhood initiatives as well as attending ANC meetings.

Connie speaking to the class

Special thanks to the Academy of Hope for allowing us to use their space. They are a wonderful organization providing adult education for anyone living in DC above the age of 18. Check out Yachad’s work with Academy of Hope here.

Sukkot in Spring Successes

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

This year’s Sukkot in Spring was very successful. Check out some great highlights below:

Young Pros from Washington Hebrew Congregation’s 2239 help Mrs. Anderson repair her home.

Mrs. Anderson said: “You’ve made my heart so happy. I don’t know how I can thank you enough. Your volunteers…GLOWED!”

Families from Adas Israel’s Scotch and Scripture group came together to help repair the Covenant House of Washington’s teen crisis center.

It was a gorgeous day for all!