Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless (MJRH)
MJRH is a program for the homeless founded by Ve'ahavta (a Canadian humanitarian and relief organization). MJRH is a program where a van with one Ve’ahavta staff member and three volunteers, provides food, clothing, other essentials and, importantly, conversation to a population of people in our community that is very often isolated. Ve
We invite our membership to volunteer for this unique hands-on opportunity to provide nourishment to those without homes. Temple members will have a place in the van every other Monday evening. For those who want to volunteer or just want more information about this exciting initiative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message from a father and son who went out on the MJRH van
Last night was great! What an eye-opening experience. The night ended early as we gave out all the food/coffee by 9ish. Regardless, we met many people, had some great conversations and were all feeling very good about giving back to the community. Speaking for my son and myself, we both met and talked to several memorable people, some of which might make it into my son’s recount of his portion.
For me personally, we stopped on Richmond Street, just east of Yonge Street. There was a blue tarp and Lauren got out and took some food and a coffee to the person under the tarp. My wife and I have driven downtown for years and I've seen the tarp. While I was pretty sure there was someone under it, I pushed it out of my mind. This experience brought it to the forefront and I will not pass by again thinking about the people and without trying to help. I was also pleasantly surprised by the politeness and thankfulness of the people we met. As I said, it was a great evening and experience.
My son and I have already talked about going out again.
Thank you for this great opportunity.
A message from volunteer Shane Feldman
Having the opportunity to go out in the van was eye opening, but not in the way I expected it to be. What my eyes were opened to was a community of kind, polite individuals who — for whatever reason — are currently living on the streets. While feeling safe and in great professional hands, I was able to interact and learn from these people, and add to the support that Ve’ahavta offers them five nights a week. There wasn't one person I met that night whose genuine gratitude I couldn't feel. It was amazing to feel like I was helping fill a void in these people . . . whether it was by way of a warm cup of coffee, a meal, or a comforting conversation. I'm looking forward to going out in the van again soon.
A message from Debby Feldman
The folks we met when we were out on the van were courteous, appreciative and thankful for the sandwiches, coffee and, most importantly, the conversation. It was a rewarding and eye opening experiencefor both my two teens and myself. We would do it again in a heartbeat.