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Member Spotlight February 2017

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The Islip Chamber of Commerce February 2017 spotlight :

The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation

Kathy Koenigsdorf
President & CEO

About The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation

The mission of JKF is to educate the affected and raise money for addicts who are ready and willing to get clean yet have no resources available to find a recovery solution. We are part of a grass roots effort across America to try stem the epidemic of chemical dependency before is consumes us as a nation. By helping one addict at a time, giving one human, one child, a new chance at life, we are making a difference.
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Why are you a member of the Islip Chamber of Commerce?
We have received the support of the businesses in the Islip community for our annual Purple & Black event each of the past 3 years. This year as we ask the community to support us for our March 30th event, we would like to give-back and be part of something bigger than ourselves. Thank you all for the “unity”.

What are your business’s core values, goals, and overall mission?

The mission of JKF is to educate the affected and raise money for addicts who are ready and willing to get clean yet have no resources available to find a recovery solution. We are part of a grass roots effort across America to try stem the epidemic of chemical dependency before is consumes us as a nation. By helping one addict at a time, giving one human, one child, a new chance at life, we are making a difference.

Share some unique facts and business history?
What makes your business stand out?

In 2013, the namesake of our organization, Jake, died of a heroin overdose. His entire generation was exposed to easily obtainable pain-killers in high school, and many like him graduated with opiate addictions. As the government grew wise to the pain-killer problem, they became harder to get, and their only recourse was heroin – the cheap, readily available substitute. Whether they start out sniffing it or smoking it, they invariably end up with a needle in their arm. IV heroin users used to be bridge-dwellers; now they are valedictorians. After he passed, a friend of Jake’s in recovery and his mother spoke at a long term rehab facility in the South. Following the speech, they were asked by a resident to help a friend who had no means but wanted desperately to get clean. This was the beginning of the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation.

What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?
The JKF raises money using social media, but have had limited success getting funding from major foundations. We’ve found that many are focused on “World issues” and not interested in the epidemic that is killing so many here at home. This is tragic, because most crimes are committed to get money for drugs or while using them, as evidenced by the prisons filled with those convicted for drug related crimes. Spending our money here, at home, to rehabilitate addicts, will keep them from stealing, hurting our loved ones or occupying a jail cell for $30,000 to $50,000 a year of taxpayer money. Each $1000 we receive goes directly to sending one addict for their first month of four-month or longer program that combine a 12-step recovery program with a support network, accountability, and a mandate that they work for their board the remaining three months.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?
In 3 short years we have raised $200,000. We have provided education, support, scholarships, and some transportation to 247 people seeking long term recovery. We are making a real difference everyday. “Help Someone No One Else Will”.

 

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