Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine

Neighbor to Neighbor: Helping Soup Kitchen Help Others

Published in the New Haven Register Sunday, February 26, 2012, by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register

After her daughter died from leukemia, Pamela (not her real name) took in her two grandsons, ages 12 and 13. A widow in her 60s, Pamela is raising the two middle-school students on her own.

Created: February 26, 2012 - 11:12pm
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:19pm

One Mom's Story: "I Don't Know What I Would Do" Without Food Assistance

By Cara Rosner

On a recent late-March morning, clients waiting for Jewish Family Service’s food pantry to open were particularly eager to stock up on staples. From the waiting area up front, many of them scanned the pantry, taking stock of what was on the shelves and strategizing where to head first once they were called.

While demand for the pantry is consistently high, it’s always the end of the month that brings an increased sense of urgency.

Created: March 27, 2014 - 11:34am
-- Updated: March 28, 2014 - 1:21pm

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Grants $274,000 to nonprofits helping those who need it most

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $274,000 to area nonprofits, giving them much-needed funding to help Greater New Haven households meet emergency food and shelter needs.

More than a dozen agencies, serving the New Haven area and Shoreline towns, received funding through the program. In all, $190,000 was disbursed for emergency housing programs and $84,000 was given out for emergency food programs.

Created: March 20, 2014 - 10:37am
-- Updated: March 20, 2014 - 4:28pm

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Gives $270,000 in Grants

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $270,000 in emergency food and shelter grants to area nonprofits, allowing them to meet the urgent needs of Greater New Haven individuals and families.

Despite some signs of economic recovery, the New Haven region continues to struggle, and many of our residents are still suffering from the after-effects of the recession.

Created: May 13, 2013 - 10:45am
-- Updated: March 30, 2015 - 1:27pm

Building a Better Safety Net: Andy Eder's drive to make things better. Really better.

By Joshua Mamis

Andy Eder inherited two things from his father and uncle. The first was the family business: Eder Brothers Inc., a West Haven-based wine and spirits distributorship.

The second: A deep commitment to philanthropy. It’s a commitment that Eder has honored, not just with dollars, but with personal investment of time and a passion for making a difference.

Created: November 26, 2012 - 12:47pm
-- Updated: December 7, 2012 - 9:16am

Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine Announces Grant Awards

Published in The New Haven Register on Thursday, March 29, 2012. By Register Staff

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine program will distribute about $500,000 in grants to area organizations that serve residents affected by the economic downturn, the United Way of Greater New Haven announced today.

The program was formed by the United Way and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven to help meet emergency housing and hunger needs in the region.

Created: April 9, 2012 - 10:10am
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:19pm

Neighbor to Neighbor: New alliance aims to aid Greater New Haven's homeless

Published in the New Haven Register on Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register. Last winter, a dozen homeless men stayed overnight in social halls at local churches and synagogues for 15 weeks. The program, known as Abraham’s Tent, was started in 2009 to relieve overcrowding in area homeless shelters.

More than 1,000 volunteers make the program work at 14 congregations across the region. But when the 15-week period ends in mid-March, the question remains: Where will these homeless men go?

Created: March 26, 2012 - 1:31pm
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:19pm

Building Bridges to New Lives in Greater New Haven

Published in the New Haven Register on Sunday, March 4, 2012 by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register. A family with five children depended on the mother for income because the father was out on disability, having contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. When the mother developed heart problems and underwent surgery, she lost her job and went on unemployment benefits.

Created: March 5, 2012 - 12:16pm
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:19pm

Who Are My Neighbors?

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Lifeline (N2N) investment process since its inception in 2009.  Our partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven over the last three years has helped raise awareness and funds to address emergency housing and hunger needs in Greater New Haven.

Created: February 22, 2012 - 2:31pm
-- Updated: June 1, 2015 - 5:44pm

From Homeless Shelter To A Real Home In Greater New Haven

Published in The New Haven Register on Sunday, February 19, 2012 by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register.

After escaping an abusive relationship, Jackie (not her real name) and her three children ages 13, 9 and 8 ended up in a shelter. Although she qualified for Section 8 financial aid to rent an apartment, she did not have the funds to pay for the security deposit.

Created: February 21, 2012 - 11:05am
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:19pm

The Power of Electricity - Help provide warmth and lights for 125 households

Fundraising campaigns target specific groups in need  

N2N Video - Valerie

Published: Sunday, March 06, 2011 in New Haven Register
By Steve Higgins, Special to the Register

Editor’s note: Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine is an emergency winter fundraising program of United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven to raise awareness and funds to address critical housing and hunger needs in the region. This is one in a series of articles outlining those needs. To get involved, visit

Valerie was working as a teacher and living on the Shoreline two years ago when her life began to come apart. She was laid off from her job and last year was evicted from her apartment. Valerie moved into a less expensive apartment in New Haven and took on part-time work, but it wasn’t enough to pay all of the bills. With nowhere else to turn, Valerie approached Jewish Family Service of New Haven for help. The organization provided Valerie with emergency money to pay her car insurance bill and her electric bill that month.  “They came through for me,” said Valerie, who now is working three part-time jobs. “I don’t know how I would have gotten through that rough patch. I still struggle day to day, but that particular time, it was even worse. It was like I was drowning and someone threw out a lifeline to me. I feel so grateful.”

Created: March 6, 2011 - 1:08pm
-- Updated: June 1, 2015 - 5:37pm

Two Shoreline Residents Received United Way Civic Leadership Award


United Way of Greater New Haven is proud to honor Andy Eder, a Guilford resident and president of Eder Bros., and Charlie Andriole, a Branford resident and Senior and Managing Partner of the Andriole Group of Merrill Lynch.  A celebration in honor of these two distinguishedcommunity leaders took place on Thursday, November 4th at the Pine Orchard Country Club in Branford where they received the 2010 Alexis de Tocqueville Society Herbert H. Pearce Award.

Created: November 12, 2010 - 5:07pm
-- Updated: November 12, 2010 - 5:07pm

Dine, Dance, and Donate was a Great Success!

United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven would like to thank all who supported and attended  Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine's 1st Annual Gala: Dine, Dance and Donate. Special thanks to Betty Ann and John Donegan for donating their time and generosity by hosting the patron pre-party at their home with a delectable tasting by Betty Ann.  The event not only celebrated The Community Dining Room's 25th Anniversary but also raised critical funds, and increased awareness of hunger and homelesness on the Shoreline.

Created: April 21, 2010 - 3:51pm
-- Updated: June 1, 2015 - 5:19pm

Temple Beth Tikvah hosts food drive for Neighbor to Neighbor LifeLine


Cara Pavelko of United Way of Greater New Haven and Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan of Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, Ct. pictured with about 20 bags of food totaling 265 lbs. The congregation donated non-perishable food items to the the Community Dining Room's 25th anniversary food drive hosted by Neighbor to Neighbor LifeLine, a parnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven to raise charitable dollars for hunger and hoelessness in the region.


Created: March 31, 2010 - 10:44am
-- Updated: March 31, 2010 - 10:51am

Chamber-to-Chamber Fundraiser For Neighbor-to-Neighbor Lifeline Hosted by Chip's Family Restaurant

Chip's Family Restaurant in Orange donated 50% of their proceeds from 3-9pm on March 23rd to benefit the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Lifeline effort that meets food, shelter and one-time emergency relief needs in the Greater New Haven area. The Chamber-to-Chamber initiative presented this fundraiser and was supported by Chamber Insurance Trust (CIT) of Orange.

Created: March 30, 2010 - 12:06pm
-- Updated: March 30, 2010 - 3:24pm

LifeLine Program Begins 2nd Year with $1M Fundraising Goal

New Haven Register published an article on February 6, 2010 about the Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine 2010 launch.

United Way of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Federation have launched their 2010 Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine fundraising drive, and hope area residents will dig deep into their imaginations to help raise funds.

Created: February 7, 2010 - 4:16pm
-- Updated: April 13, 2015 - 6:22pm
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