Brooklyn, NY – Our Place, the Brooklyn facility that offers food, safe recreational opportunities, guidance, counseling and so much more to troubled teens is set to close its doors due to lack of funding. Both the government grants and the private donations that have kept Our Place afloat since 1998 have dwindled due to the difficult economic climate, leaving Our Place facing closure and countless Jewish teens on the streets. Our Place has three locations in Brooklyn, one for girls and two for boys, in addition to operating a boys yeshiva.
In a hard hitting video, both the staff and the teens who frequent Our Place discuss the contributions Our Place has made to the Jewish community, not only giving troubled teens a safe place to spend time, but also providing them with warmth, love and a sense that no matter how far they have strayed, there is a place in the Jewish community that will welcome them with open arms. The list of services Our Place provides is staggering, not only helping countless teens overcome substance and alcohol abuse but also providing dinner, a hotline, counseling, job and school placement services and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment staffed by caring volunteers who shower them with unconditional love and support.
Approximately 8000 teens have come through Our Place over the years and their success rate is somewhere between 70 to 80 percent, with previously troubled teens now rehabilitated adults who are vital productive members of the Jewish community with families of their own. Last year alone, 732 boys came to Our Place, all of whom either left yeshiva or were kicked out. Many of them were heavy drug users.
An Our Place staffers speaks candidly in the video, appealing to the public to donate to the facility so that it can continue to serve the Jewish community.
“This place is the one place that tells them that they are always accepted in the Jewish community…Hashem accepts them every day, we accept them every day. To imagine that there would be so many kids that would have no belief that the Jewish community still cares about them, wants to help them. There is no other place like this in Brooklyn, maybe no other place like this in the world.
To donate, or buy a raffle to keep OUR Place open click here
Watch below interview conducted last week. by Shimon Gifter for VIN News at Ourplace with Director Chaim Glancz and other staff members. Interview starts at minute 1:15.