With another Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur approaching, I have reflected on this past year. I am genuinely grateful for the incredible opportunity to assist many struggling families, providing them with the tools and support they need for a brighter future.
I want to share a personal story with you. My wife and I took a trip for a week to rejuvenate and prepare for the year ahead. We were part of a group that included a beautiful young family whose presence brought tears of joy to my eyes.
This family’s story is remarkable because the mother was part of our EPIC Family several years ago (when we were known as Yedidim). At that time, she faced the daunting challenge of being expelled from high school. However, today, she is not only married but is also raising a wonderful family.
Describing her incredible journey would require its own book, but suffice it to say that, apart from EPIC Family, almost no one believed that she could reach this point in life where she is nurturing a loving family.
Their story is a powerful reminder of the transformative impact that EPIC Family can have on individuals and their futures. It’s a testament to the belief that people can overcome immense challenges and achieve greatness with the proper care, guidance, and support. This encounter has provided me with the inspiration I need as I look ahead to the upcoming year. It reaffirms my commitment to our mission and reminds me of the boundless potential that lies within each individual we serve.
As we approach the Yomim Noraim, we all make an extra effort to perform additional mitzvos, especially Teshuva, Tefilla, and Tzedakah. We are thankful for everything Hashem has given us for the past year, and we continue to ask for even more.
In that spirit, EPIC Family also kindly asks for your additional help.
We have touched countless lives, but to sustain and expand our impact, we need your assistance. Your generous donation before Rosh Hashana can profoundly affect the lives of these deserving young individuals who require guidance and support.
Wishing you a Shana Tova and much naches,
Rabbi Yaacov Goodman