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Brooklyn, NY - Our Place: Exposure On VIN News Has Kept Us Afloat

Published on: January 31, 2011 03:58 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Our Place , the Brooklyn facility offering food, recreation, counseling and more to troubled teens is struggling to stay afloat three weeks after it was almost forced to close its doors after drastic budget cuts eliminated the grants which sustained the much needed.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Our Place staffer Joe Yurowitz in an exclusive interview with VIN News.  “I can tell you that tonight we are going to be open.  We are taking it day by day.  People are coming forward, showing their support and if they continue to do so we will be able to pull through and stay open.”

Yurowitz credits Vos Iz Neias for running articles to raise public awareness for the institution, even going so far as to suggest that by keeping Our Place in the news, VIN News shares the credit for literally saving the lives of troubled teens.

“It is unquestionable that the fact that Vos Iz Neias kept Our Place front and center gave us tremendous exposure.  Not only did being featured on VIN News bring in a significant amount of donations, but it has also resulted in increased coverage from numerous media outlets.  Our Place cannot be allowed to close down.  In just the past week or two we have dealt with situations of such significance that had we not been around, the results would have been disastrous.  If Vos Iz Neias didn’t play the role that it plays, we would never be able to do what we do.”


A recent raffle campaign allowed Our Place to raise some of the much needed funds that are necessary to keep it afloat, but without continued community support, Our Place will once again be facing closure. to donate click here 

Winners of Sweepstakes 25 – Our Place New York raffle:

$25,000 - Berta Aminov,  Kew Gardens Hills, New York, New York
2 Tickets to Israel:  Yakov Goldberg, Brooklyn, New York, New York
Nikon Coolpix camera:  Sara Cohen, Brooklyn, New York, New York
Flip Videocamera:  Lawrence and Susan Handman, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Garmin GPS:  Yona Gewirtz, Brooklyn, New York New York
Kosher By Design Cookbook Set: Lazar Pilchik, Suffern, New York
Kindle Reader:  Chana Molakova, Rego Park New York
$500 Travelocity Gift Certificate: Adina Alishayev Rego Park, New York
$500 Artscroll Gift Certificate:  Ephraim & Debi Epstein, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
$500 Toys R Us Gift Certificate: Michael Aharonoff Forest Hills, New York
$500 Lord & Taylor Gift Certificate: Michael Aharonoff Forest Hills, New York
$500 Best Buy Gift Certificate:  Nesanel & Nancy Yachnes Brooklyn, New York
$500 Drimmers Appliances Gift Certificate:  Michal Sosonov, Kew Gardens
Dell Laptop:  Bertha Nisimov, Kew Gardens, New York
iPhone:  Yakov and Aviva Niman Kew Gardens Hills, New York
Digital Picture Frame: Clive Ramage, Winnepeg, Canada
Panasonic Camcorder:  Simcha Perkal, Kew Gardens Hills, New York
Lazy Boy Recliner:  Mr. & Mrs. Moshe Davis, Chicago, Illinois
Shas Pod:  Chaim Garfinkel, Spring Valley, New York
KitchenAid Pro: Rabbi and Mrs. Mason Reiner, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Espresso Machine:  Dr. David Hurwitz, Kew Gardens Hills, New York
iPad: Eliyahu Babekov, Kew Gardens, New York
Printer:  Avi Alishayev, Rego Park, New York
Blackberry Curve:  Barry Lampert, Brooklyn, New York
iPod:  Mordechai Moas Kew Gardens, New York
Canon Camera:  Efraim Babekov, Kew Gardens, New York

Exclusive interview with OurPlace conducted a month ago by VIN News.

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 Jan 31, 2011 at 07:04 PM Leon Zacharowicz MD Says:

Once again, V.I.N. is in the forefront of community reporting, and activism. We desperately need places like Our Place for our troubled teens. Without such supports, these teens are condemned to the streets, an existence which for some will end in death. (Read TIMES SQUARE RABBI by Rabbi Yehudah Fine if you don't believe me.)

In addition, V.I.N. has fearlessly brought news about the abuse of our children to our attention, news which has been quashed by other media sources. Our community members need to know what has gone on and is going on in our community, to better protect our precious children.


 Jan 31, 2011 at 07:08 PM MazelKGH Says:

G-d Bless you and thank you VIN. May you both be around for a very long time.


 Jan 31, 2011 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Yosher Koach, VIN and helping keep this great, important organization afloat! By the way, another great thing that will be happening because of VIN - someone will be donating a kidney because of an article that was on VIN! She finnished her medical tests. I think the person donating a kidney is a mother of 5. She is from the UK, will be donating a kidney in Israel to a 10 year old girl.


 Feb 01, 2011 at 10:06 AM Nobama Says:

And the freaking idiot 'askanim' want to ban VIN! instead of wasting time on such stupidities, use your time to help out teens at risk like VIN is doing...


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