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Food Pantry and Goldberg House residents celebrate five years together

Newsletter Masthead: photos of Max, Jason and Kevin in each of the last five years – (l) 2019 to (r) 2015: a truly dedicated crew!

This month marks the fifth year anniversary of the opening of the Solomon and Sarah Goldberg House! The Goldberg House is a part of Jewish Residential Services (JRS), operated by Verland, and is home for three young adults with intellectual disabilities. The house offers 24-hour care in an environment that celebrates Jewish culture. It is a unique and amazing place that gives residents the social support they need, right in our wonderful Squirrel Hill community!

The three young men that have been residing in the house since its beginning – Max, Jason and Kevin –come over to the Pantry to help us pack produce every month. Whether packing potatoes or putting away apples, these three always have smiles on their faces, and their happiness is infectious! They are fast workers and we appreciate their help making sure our shelves our stocked full for our clients the next day.

Caitlin Lasky, Communications and Development Director at JRS, says, “It is important for (the guys) to be a part of the community, to show people how individuals with disabilities of all kinds can still be a part of and give back to the greater community.”

She said that Jason, Max and Kevin are always busy, and can often be seen out and about in Squirrel Hill. Their latest endeavor was “Snack in the Sukkah Party,” an ice cream social for friends and family over that holiday. Take a look: http://www.connectionspittsburgh.com/2016/10/sukkot-traditions-at-goldberg-house/.

As Goldberg House celebrates its fifth anniversary, so we at the Pantry celebrate five years of dedicated volunteer help from Kevin, Max and Jason!