Brooklyn, NY – Our Place: Exposure On VIN News Has Kept Us Afloat

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    Brooklyn, NY – Our Place, the Brooklyn facility offering food, recreation, counseling and more to troubled teens is struggling to stay afloat three weeks after it was almost forced to close its doors after drastic budget cuts eliminated the grants which sustained the much needed.

    “We are not out of the woods yet,” said Our Place staffer Joe Yurowitz in an exclusive interview with VIN News. “I can tell you that tonight we are going to be open. We are taking it day by day. People are coming forward, showing their support and if they continue to do so we will be able to pull through and stay open.”

    Yurowitz credits Vos Iz Neias for running articles to raise public awareness for the institution, even going so far as to suggest that by keeping Our Place in the news, VIN News shares the credit for literally saving the lives of troubled teens.

    “It is unquestionable that the fact that Vos Iz Neias kept Our Place front and center gave us tremendous exposure. Not only did being featured on VIN News bring in a significant amount of donations, but it has also resulted in increased coverage from numerous media outlets. Our Place cannot be allowed to close down. In just the past week or two we have dealt with situations of such significance that had we not been around, the results would have been disastrous. If Vos Iz Neias didn’t play the role that it plays, we would never be able to do what we do.”

    A recent raffle campaign allowed Our Place to raise some of the much needed funds that are necessary to keep it afloat, but without continued community support, Our Place will once again be facing closure. to donate click here

    Winners of Sweepstakes 25 – Our Place New York raffle:

    $25,000 – Berta Aminov, Kew Gardens Hills, New York, New York
    2 Tickets to Israel: Yakov Goldberg, Brooklyn, New York, New York
    Nikon Coolpix camera: Sara Cohen, Brooklyn, New York, New York
    Flip Videocamera: Lawrence and Susan Handman, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    Garmin GPS: Yona Gewirtz, Brooklyn, New York New York
    Kosher By Design Cookbook Set: Lazar Pilchik, Suffern, New York
    Kindle Reader: Chana Molakova, Rego Park New York
    $500 Travelocity Gift Certificate: Adina Alishayev Rego Park, New York
    $500 Artscroll Gift Certificate: Ephraim & Debi Epstein, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    $500 Toys R Us Gift Certificate: Michael Aharonoff Forest Hills, New York
    $500 Lord & Taylor Gift Certificate: Michael Aharonoff Forest Hills, New York
    $500 Best Buy Gift Certificate: Nesanel & Nancy Yachnes Brooklyn, New York
    $500 Drimmers Appliances Gift Certificate: Michal Sosonov, Kew Gardens
    Dell Laptop: Bertha Nisimov, Kew Gardens, New York
    iPhone: Yakov and Aviva Niman Kew Gardens Hills, New York
    Digital Picture Frame: Clive Ramage, Winnepeg, Canada
    Panasonic Camcorder: Simcha Perkal, Kew Gardens Hills, New York
    Lazy Boy Recliner: Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davis, Chicago, Illinois
    Shas Pod: Chaim Garfinkel, Spring Valley, New York
    KitchenAid Pro: Rabbi and Mrs. Mason Reiner, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
    Espresso Machine: Dr. David Hurwitz, Kew Gardens Hills, New York
    iPad: Eliyahu Babekov, Kew Gardens, New York
    Printer: Avi Alishayev, Rego Park, New York
    Blackberry Curve: Barry Lampert, Brooklyn, New York
    iPod: Mordechai Moas Kew Gardens, New York
    Canon Camera: Efraim Babekov, Kew Gardens, New York

    Exclusive interview with OurPlace conducted a month ago by VIN News.

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    4 COMMENTS

    1. Once again, V.I.N. is in the forefront of community reporting, and activism. We desperately need places like Our Place for our troubled teens. Without such supports, these teens are condemned to the streets, an existence which for some will end in death. (Read TIMES SQUARE RABBI by Rabbi Yehudah Fine if you don’t believe me.)

      In addition, V.I.N. has fearlessly brought news about the abuse of our children to our attention, news which has been quashed by other media sources. Our community members need to know what has gone on and is going on in our community, to better protect our precious children.

    2. Yosher Koach, VIN and helping keep this great, important organization afloat! By the way, another great thing that will be happening because of VIN – someone will be donating a kidney because of an article that was on VIN! She finnished her medical tests. I think the person donating a kidney is a mother of 5. She is from the UK, will be donating a kidney in Israel to a 10 year old girl.

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