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January 10, 1992 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-01-10

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JANUARY 10, 1992 / 5 SHEVAT 5752

$400,000 Grant
Helps JPM Drive


Staff Writer


lans to improve Oak
Park's Jewish Corn-
munity Center were
aided this past week when
the Kresge Foundation ap-
proved a $400,000 challenge
grant for the renovation of
the facility.
The grant requires that
the remaining funds be rais-
ed for the construction of a
new pool, health clubs and
activity rooms. With the
grant, $2.35 million of the
needed $3.5 million has been
raised. The project at the
Jimmy Prentis Morris (JPM)
JCC is a crucial part of a
Jewish community effort to
strengthen agencies in Oak
Park and Southfield.
"It's a plus for the whole
neighborhood," said Hugh
Greenberg, chairman of the

capital and endowment
campaign for JPM's expan-
sion. "It's a vibrant and
viable area and we're just
going to keep it going."
The Kresge Foundation
gave almost $63 million last
year to 174 charitable organ-
izations throughout the
nation. All of its grants go
toward construction and
renovation of needy
facilities, or for the purchase
of major equipment or prop-
The foundation's grant to
the project was crucial, not
only because of its size, but
because it might generate
more funds at a time when
giving has slowed, said
Robert Aronson, executive
vice president of the Jewish
The grant also is Kresge
Foundation's single largest
financial gift to Federa-
tion. 0

JFS 'Secret' Apts.
Seeking Tenants


Staff Writer


Detroit's Jews and blacks don't share
the same dreams. Sometimes, it seems
they don't share the world.

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ol Capitol, 80, used to
have a a room in an
adult foster home in
Homer, Mich.
"I had a bed and TV," said
Mr. Capitol, who's paralyz-
ed. "I shared a toilet with
three men and a woman.
Three times a week I'd get
the same dinner — a plate of
macaroni and cheese. Occa-
sionally, someone made a
bowl of Campbell's tomato
Jewish Family Service
offered Mr. Capitol a diff-
erent alternative — Group
Apartments for the Elderly.
"I'm starting to live
again," said Mr. Capitol,
born in Chicago. "I would
have died had I'd stayed
JFS currently maintains
seven apartments at North
Park Place apartments in
Southfield. Eighteen
residents moved this
summer from nearby
Carlyle Tower. The program
has room for three more.
"It's one of JFS's best kept

secrets," said Jan Bayer, co-
manager of the apartments.
"We want everyone to know
about it."
Mr. Capitol lives with Abe
Mondry, 65, in a furnished,
three-bedroom apartment.
They're looking for another
roommate — "Someone
who'd put up with us," Mr.
Capitol said.
When the residents aren't
in their apartments, JFS
staff provide social and
recreational activities, holi-
day and birthday celebra-
tions, current events discus-
sions, exercise programs and
individual and group
Last week, everybody ex-
ercised with Sylvia Ravin, a
fitness instructor, ate lunch
at the Pickle Barrel and
made crafts.
Zoya Umansky, the men's
geriatric care worker, shops,
prepares the men elaborate
lunches and dinners and
maintains the apartment.
"I'll make whatever they
want to eat," said Mrs.
Umansky, originally from
Odessa. "I'm their family
and friend."

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