Houston area families affected by the Memorial Day Flood received scholarships for Jewish day schools, early childhood programs and overnight camps, thanks to two grants totaling $300,000 from the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations. The grants were awarded to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and were allocated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Money was distributed to the schools and camps and designated for families who applied for FEMA support as a result of the flood.
The Federation distributed the scholarship funding in August in an effort to keep students registered in their early childhood and day school programs for the current school year. The flood placed an unexpected financial strain on many families who may have had to pull their children out of Jewish schools without the scholarship assistance.
Scholarship money was also awarded for children to attend overnight Jewish camp this past summer. This enabled children who were not previously signed up to attend camp while their families were getting their lives back in order.