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Jewish Family & Children’s Service

“The Boston Bullpen Project fund is a blessing. It affords me the opportunity to move forward (and keep a roof over our head), instead of continuing to fall behind.”

—JF&CS client and Boston BullPen Project recipient

For more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) has had a simple, yet powerful, mission: “to care for individuals and families by providing exceptional human service programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.” This includes new mothers and their infants, those with housing, hunger, or health-related concerns, individuals with substance use disorders, and others.

More than a year ago, BullPen developed a partnership with JF&CS. Originally planned to be limited to their Holocaust Survivor program, it soon became apparent that there were other areas with high client needs, often urgent. So the partnership evolved into helping all of the programs throughout JF&CS.

Lora Tarlin, MA, of JF&CS, says there are several criteria that they consider before making a request for help on behalf of their client. It should be a one-time ask and something that allows and empowers the recipient to move on from a difficult situation, to better themselves, to keep a family together, to ensure that the problem is solved going forward.

BullPen uses much of the same criteria when considering the request and works quickly to make a decision and facilitate a process of payment or other help. Tarlin says BullPen is a unique funder because the requests are usually answered so quickly—which helps to ease their client’s anxiety.

In the more than year-long partnership with JF&CS, BullPen has fulfilled requests for help with rent, utilities, essential furniture, DACA renewal, driving lessons, and other expenses.

“I think the idea that BullPen will help to give someone a bed or lessons to drive a car or anything that will better their lives is unique,” says Tarlin. “And not many foundations will help within 4 hours time!”

Every recipient of BullPen’s help also receives a gift card that they can use to “pay it forward” to a friend or family member in need, creating a ripple of philanthropy. Tarlin finds this to be another unique aspect of the partnership.

“The concept of paying it forward is something that empowers our clients,” she says. “It makes them feel good!”

“My daughter and I have passed through many challenges over the past six years. Every year, our situation improves. Yet, occasionally we encounter a devastating setback. Boston Bullpen helped get us get back on track with rent and thereby helped build our landlord's confidence in our ability to pay rent going forward.”

—JF&CS client and Boston BullPen Project recipient

April 28 is Pay It Forward Day

Did you know every recipient of Boston BullPen Project’s help also receives a gift card they can use to “pay it forward” to someone else in need? Your support helps us create this powerful ripple of philanthropy!


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Community Events

May 3 - Benefit Concert featuring The Teardowns and The Barndogs
Join us at the Needham VFW (20 Junction Street) for a good time and great rock music to benefit Boston BullPen Project. Contact us for more information.

May 7 - Flatbread Brighton Pizza and Bowling FundraiserJoin us at the Flatbread Brighton and Brighton Bowl (76 Guest Street) for our benefit night. $1.50 from every small pizza and $3.75 from every large pizza sold between 4 - 11 will be donated to Boston BullPen Project. Takeout and delivery orders included; alcohol and other items excluded. To reserve a lane, call 617-903-4595 or email

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