Emergency Fund for Jewish Families


The Jewish Federation maintains a dedicated Emergency Fund for Jewish Families in Dutchess County to help individuals and families facing a financial crisis.  and who are unable to make a rent/mortgage payment, utility payment, purchase food or urgently needed medicine.


This Emergency Fund for Jewish Families is supported by donations from the local Jewish community. While donations are accepted year-round, each Purim a special concerted effort is made to raise money to support this fund.


To make a donation online, click here. Or send a check to Jewish Federation of Dutchess County, PO Box 2525, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603. Write "Emergency Fund" in the memo line to ensure your donation is credited to Emergency Fund.

Who is Eligible

The Emergency Fund for Jewish Families offers grants to members of the Jewish community living or working in Dutchess County. Recipients may instead choose to receive the funds as an “honor loan” to be repaid to Jewish Family Services when the financial condition of the recipient improves. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $800, and will be considered on a confidential basis.



People interested in applying for grants can call the Federation office (845) 471-9811 for information. Awards will be based on documented need, require completion of an application, and may necessitate copies of personal financial documents (such as pay stubs, bills, tax returns.)