National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section

Name: Elise Kurian

Favorite Charity: National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section


I am a life member and the Executive Director of the Atlanta Section. We've been working for Atlanta's women, children and families since 1895.

NCJW, although a Jewish organization, primarily works in the secular community. We are founding members of the Genesis Shelter, a place for homeless Moms and their newborns and other children to live, learn and become mainstream members of the community. We support the Agape Community Center, Hope House and we operate a Literacy program where volunteer tutors work one on one with K-3rd graders who are having difficulty learning to read, in 11 Title 1 elementary schools. We donate clothes to many needy people, including the homeless, people being released from prison, women who fled from homes where they were abused, with just the clothes on their backs, from our semi-annual Bargainata Sale. We partner with a local school which has no PTA and we supply them with school supplies. We hold an Interfaith luncheon every March, with members of all faiths participating in a panel discussion.

I've held classes with members and made jewelry for some of our recipients who have extra large wrists. I've donated much of my handmade jewelry for sale at Bargainata, which helps to fund our various programs.
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