Temple Beth Israel
10460 N 56th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253
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As the 1996 welfare law created new realities for caseworkers working with welfare recipients, Temple Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona stepped up to provide assistance. After learning that case workers only identify the needs of their clients and are not able to provide for those needs, the Temple took upon itself to "adopt" two caseworkers and provide their clients with the necessary funding to meet their needs. Such help includes food, clothing, furniture, car seats, tutoring, extra-curricular activities, bicycles, daycare registration fees and school trips. Through a partnership with the Miss Arizona Pageant Committee and other fundraising efforts, this program helps wards of the state currently in foster care who need a little help to "make it" in the current system. Currently, there are 50 volunteers involved with the program, but it continues to expand. From seed money of $300, this program has provided $4,500 worth of aid this year.
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