Chabad of Kentucky’s Project Friendship was joined by the Governor’s Office, Senator McConnell’s Office, and the Israeli Consul General for the opening ceremony of three permanent aid centers.
In a bi-partisan event with participation from Governor Beshear and Leader McConnell, Project Friendship opened 3 permanent centers in Western Kentucky to provide aid as these communities rebuild following the devastating tornadoes of late last year. This event furthered Project Friendships’ commitment to long-term investments of millions of dollars in the region.
Joining in this event was Anat Sultana Dadon; the Israeli Consul General to the Southeastern United States, Eric Friedlander; Secretary of the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Melissa Goines: Director of the Division of Family Resource and Youth Service Centers. Senator Mitch McConnell joined by video to commend their work.
In the immediate aftermath of the terrible storms in Western Kentucky, Project Friendship, the Louisville-based social arm of Chabad of Kentucky immediately leaped into action. Within days multiple convoys had arrived in Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, and Mayfield providing crucial supplies. However it was soon clear that long term solutions were needed.
“While the destruction was sudden, we realized that the rebuilding would take years,” said Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, Regional Director of Chabad of Kentucky. “The Rebbe taught us that we must plan ahead to be part of helping to fix issues in our community. These centers are a sign of that commitment”.