The Ladder Project A unique, holistic approach to homelessness
The highest level of the ladder of charity is to provide an individual with the means to support himself, to become self-sufficient, so that never again will he need to rely on the generosity of others to maintain his independence.
On September 18, 2018 during Kol Nidre services, Shearith launched The Ladder Project, a pilot program that approaches the problem of chronic homelessness in a unique and holistic way. The Ladder Project empowers our 1,000 congregant families to lift one person at a time out of homelessness. As a congregation, we will take responsibility for this person financially and socially until he or she can accomplish self-sufficiency, however long that may take, so long as that person is making progress. During this time The Bridge will continue to provide caseworker services.
David, 58, was a resident of The Bridge, Dallas’ 24-hour, downtown homeless facility for 17 months, until he moved into his own studio apartment. Thanks to you – the members of Congregation Shearith Israel.
Read David's story HERE
You Can Help
$36 from every Shearith Family
Our goal is to have 100% of all Shearith Israel families make a donation of $36 or more to a Housing/Transportation Fund that will help David and other homeless people we work with in the future. All donations are charitable and tax-exempt.
Or mail a personal check to the synagogue, 9401 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75225 and write The Ladder Project on the memo line.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated. See donors HERE
Offer a living wage job.
The key to David's transition to self-sufficiency is a higher paying job at a Living Wage of $12 to $15/hour. If you can help, email Laura Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate your time
Another crucial opportunity is to give David a sense that people care that he succeeds. If you can spend time with David email Laura Miller at email@example.com