Lubavitchers do a ton of outreach. We give neshek to strangers on the boardwalk, and open our doors to the tired and weary.
But what about us?
What about helping our own?
There’s a major lack in the area of taking care of each other, and numerous families in Crown Heights are in ardent need of assistance.
That’s why we have HOO. This year, Beis Rivka High School launched a brand new program, called HOO- dedicated to Helping Our Own.
HOO officially works like this:
A Bais Rivka girl is assigned a family who is in need of help. The girl has a mandatory amount of hours she must spend doing Chessed with this family.
HOO actually works like this:
Girls go to their HOO families and bond with the children they watch, going way above the amount of obligatory hours, going way above the expectations of the school who founded HOO, and the mothers who asked for HOO.
Every girl who was part of HOO has grown. Every girl has received new maturity and understanding from helping families less fortunate than themselves. But aside from that reward, every single girl in HOO got to join in a grand auction at the end of the year. With prizes ranging from speaker systems to hand-made Israeli jewelry, the girls got to enter the raffles with however many HOO-hours they’d amassed. There were refreshments and entertainment in addition to the prizes.
The day after the auction, 40 Bais Rivka students who’d done more than DOUBLE the mandatory 15 hours of HOO, woke up early. After davening in 770, and eating a delicious breakfast here in Crown Heights, they drove off into the sunrise, towards Six Flags Amusement Park.
For supper they had pizza, and went around the table saying what they loved about HOO. Funny anecdotes, touching stories- and the unanimous conclusion that they all felt they’d grown.
If you’d like to find out more about HOO, or donate to the program, email HOOhelpingourown@gmail.com.