JCC Special Needs Program Receives Community Foundation Grant

Posted by: Justin Wedes, Director of Marketing on Monday, July 15, 2019

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Metropolitan Detroit has been awarded a two-year grant to support the expansion of vocational training and community-based instruction programs for youth with specials needs in southeast Michigan.


The grant, from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), will serve to expand the already-successful Young Adults All Together (YAAT) program at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. The YAAT program provides young adults with the chance to participate in summer activities and explore their community while learning life skills. Participants volunteer at local organizations with trained staff who serve as job coaches as they develop “soft skills” like communication, teamwork and leadership


“The JCC is truly grateful for this generous grant from CFSEM, and comes on the heels of our largest JCC Day Camp special needs enrollment numbers ever. The growing interest in our unique programs, coupled with philanthropic support like the Foundation’s, means that YAAT can continue to provide high-quality, individualized support services to our young people with special needs,” said Stephanie Zoltowski, Director of the Department of Special Needs at JCC.


About The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion through nearly 69,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit cfsem.org


About JCC’s Center of Special Needs

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Center of Special Needs provides a variety of terrific recreational and social programs for children, teens, and adults from preschool and day camp to vocational training and family social events. Learn more at jccdet.org/specialneeds

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