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Charity of the Moment: JFS

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day of fashion posts, beauty tutorials and millennial musings, I wanted to take today to steer Cup of Charisma back to its roots. I started this blog nearly two years ago to shine a light on cause-driven campaigns and organizations that better the lives of others. To take things back to basics, let’s talk about an organization that’s made large strides in the Houston community since 1913. Jewish Family Service, a leading non-profit human service agency providing light, hope and help to individuals struggling with life challenges, is striking up entertainment for Houston’s millennials. On June 5th, the organization’s 14-year-old annual fundraiser, Reel Hope… A Night at the Movies is being extended to young professionals aged 21-39 years old, for a discounted price 95% off of the regular seat price, at $25 per person.

So what does “A Night at the Movies” consist of? A showing of Sundance Film Festival hit, Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo as a father living with bipolar disorder, along with dinner, snacks and beer donated by 8th Wonder Brewery…all for a great cause.

The funds raised from “Reel Hope… A Night at the Movies” support Jewish Family Service’s ongoing services including: community counseling for children, adolescents, couples and families; senior adult services; disability services, an ongoing endeavor to strengthen and improve the quality of life for individuals with special needs and those who love them; Jewish Chaplancy, which brings the Jewish community to patients in hospitals of the Texas Medical Center and surrounding areas; Shalom Bayit, offering direct services to all survivors of abuse, prevention and educational programming.

As you may or may not remember from my previous post on ReelAbilities, disability services are one of the things I really look for in non-profit family services. I constantly think of my own Down Syndrome nephew, Jaeden, and feel comforted to know that organizations like JFS have his back, with a professional staff and compassionate volunteers.

Still have questions? Here’s a big one: You don’t need to be Jewish or in the Jewish Houston community to attend the movie night along friends or get involved. An indie flick, free beer and dinner among new faces with a goal of achieving a common cause sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Sunday. Join Jewish Family Service on June 5th at 6 p.m. for an inspiring night to build awareness, raise funds and add a little culture to your weekend. Tickets can be purchased at www.jfshouston.org/under40.

 

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