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Single mother gets back on her feet, with a little help from Federation

Last December, a single mother called the Federation, desperate for help. A grant from the Women and Children in Crisis Fund helped her pay her rent and keep her family in their home.

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Loving husband gets respite from caregiving responsibilities

Jack was struggling to keep house and care for his wife, Lois, who had dementia. He contacted Federation's partner, Jewish Family and Children's Services, for help and got even more than he was expecting.

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Blogging opens new door for at-risk Israeli teen

Not so long ago, Benjamin used his computer to hide. Today, the screen light reveals a happy look of concentration as Benjamin updates his blog, eager to share his thoughts with the world.

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Jewish community advocates on behalf of struggling family

When you suffer from mental illness, your spouse is dying of cancer, and your three children need constant special care, paperwork is the last thing you have time for.

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Youth Futures helps fourth-grader find confidence

Eran's teachers noticed that he rarely participated in school activities, and he stayed in the classroom while his peers went out to play. Youth Futures, a Federation partner, helped improve his performance and strengthen social integration.

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A family receives an inclusive welcome to Minneapolis

Danielle and her husband moved to Minneapolis last spring, hoping to find services for their two children, both on the Autism spectrum. With help from Federation, Edan, 9, and Natalie, 5, had an amazing summer camp experience.

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Minneapolis Jewish Federation helps rekindle Jewish faith

Jesse was once the model conservative Jewish young man, but as a teenager, he fell away from his parents' faith. A Birthright trip to Israel, sponsored by Federation, helped him reconnect.

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Laid off, a business man discovers new priorities

Ken had always supported the Annual Campaign, but he never thought he'd be on the receiving end of Federation services. Everything changed when he was laid off.

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Learning to be a Jewish Family through picture books

When Lauren, who is Jewish, married Mike, who is not, they agreed that they would raise their children in a Jewish household. PJ Library, a literacy project that delivers Jewish-themed picture books to subscribers' homes each month, helps teach children and parents.

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Young American connects to his faith through Israel

Devin was not raised in a religious home, but Birthright trips while he was in college helped him connect to his Jewish identity. Now, he is taking five months to work on an organic farm outside Mount Modi'in.

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