The grant was given to “Sending Our Love to Haiti,” a mission led jointly by Eileen W. Lindner, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly, N.J., and Rabbi Jordan Millstein of Temple Sinai of Bergen County. The mission is supported by more than 25 congregations from the area.
The money will be used to help develop an urgent care center at Sacre Coeur Hospital in Milot, Haiti, and to provide facilities for visiting volunteers who assist at the hospital.
The New Jersey congregations began raising money for medical care and education at Sacre Coeur Hospital following the 2010 earthquake which devastated Haiti.
On Feb. 21, 2010, the interfaith group sponsored a benefit concert in Englewood, N.J., called “Sending Our Love to Haiti,” which featured musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway. The concert helped raise donations of more than $100,000, with the proceeds being used to support a number of relief efforts in Haiti, including Church World Service, Catholic Charities, UJA North Jersey, Project Hope Orphanage (Theo’s Works), Reformation Hope Orphanage and the Sacre Coeur Hospital.
The interfaith coalition held a second benefit concert on Jan. 30, 2011, with the specific goal of helping to fund an urgent care center and visitors’ quarters at the hospital.