As another year comes to an end, I have a moment to sit and reflect on all that has happened in our ever-changing world.
In 2017, as tragedy hit the shores of Puerto Rico, Houston, Mexico and Florida, the JBJ Soul Foundation donated in excess of $300,000 to a variety of relief funds focused on meeting immediate housing and hunger needs. Our dollars supported Covenant House in Houston and Fort Lauderdale, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in Houston, the Irma Community Recovery Fund in Florida, Feeding South Florida, UNIDOS; Disaster Relief and Recovery Program for Puerto Rico, and through the International Community Foundation we joined other donors to support relief efforts from the earthquakes in Mexico.
This year we continued to effect positive change on the issues of hunger and homelessness through grants of over $450,000 to community partners. We worked with our partners at Project Home in Philadelphia, supported programs at People Serving People in Minneapolis and stood with Cass Community Social Services in their efforts to build tiny homes in Detroit.
Our efforts happen in great part because of you, our donors, who I am grateful for. Please know that in this time of giving, your money continues to affect lives directly. On behalf of those who work at the Soul Foundation, and to all those who work with us as supportive partners I send a word of thanks for your continued trust and friendship.
We wish you and yours a happy healthy holiday.