Purses with a Purpose – This year, our mitzvah project is to  provide a service to the community. Nashe Or adopted Clara’s House, a women’s shelter in Chicago started 30 years ago by a Black woman, Mrs. Clara Kirk. The shelter houses 48 women and children. We donated gently used purses filled with toiletries and personal items.  Also included in each purse was a personal message of hope excerpted from a scripture in Joshua.  Ms. Clara explained to us that the shelter is always in need of bedding and cleaning supplies.  Two additional campaigns are planned to benefit Clara’s House later in 2017.

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Community Health Fair – Nashe Or sponsored its first Community Health Fair in 1997. We felt an obligation to participate in the community where we are located and to help make it better because we are here.  Healthcare professionals gave immunizations and dental exams. Attendees could also participate in various workshops, won prizes in a free raffle, and were served a free lunch.

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August 2, 2017, marked our fourth Community Health Fair. Through a partnership forged with Mount Sinai Hospital (a local hospital) they designed free advertisement, provided health screenings, and distributed free lunches for the healthcare vendors and attendees. The Kidney Foundation brought their mobile van for testing and a vendor provided haircuts and manicures. School age children received book bags choked with school supplies.