Dr. Mark Karanofsky of Jewish Elder Care turned to Karen Flam, Director of the Donald Berman Maimonides and Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare Foundations at the start of the pandemic, and said, “All our staff are frontline workers, no matter where they work in our facilities. They are exhausted. We need to do something to make them feel the love!”
Inspired, Karen secured the support of her Board of Directors, who agreed to raise the necessary funds to help staff at all seven long term care locations in the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest Montréal / CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
Karen then asked her staff – Lisa Blobstein, Della Druick, Lisa Kasner and Ann Nagley – to conceive and implement what has become known as Project Feel the Love.
Thanks to these four community-minded entrepreneurs the 2200 women and men who work in areas as diverse as nursing, kitchen, housekeeping, technical services, recreation and social work – have been feeling the love. Due to the support of generous donors in the community and Federation CJA which has provided an army of delivery drivers and cars and storage space, Project Feel the Love has already delivered over 6000 meals and snacks as well as other items like hand creams, ear guards, compression socks and groceries to people on the front lines at our CHSLD’s. Project Feel the Love has also partnered with the cities of Cote St Luc and Westmount in organizing Thank You Honour Parades for the staff at Mount Sinai, Donald Berman Maimonides, and St Margaret’s.
“While our front-line workers are the true heroes in this pandemic, I am so proud of what my team has done to support them,” concluded Karen Flam.