Eric Eliezer Levenson Center for Hope
Eric Eliezer Levenson was born July 4th, 1987 in New York City. After moving to Passaic/Clifton, New Jersey in 1988, the Levenson family quickly became an integral part of the community. Eric spent 16 years in Passaic/Clifton, attending yeshiva day school and participating in and leading youth and teen groups at the Adas Israel. Eric was often found at the Clifton Y, as a camper at Camp Shalom, a member of the youth basketball league, and as an actor and techie in the Y’s plays. Eric enjoyed giving back to the community, volunteering for the Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, and Adas Israel. While the Levenson family moved to West Orange in 2004, Eric always though of Passaic/Clifton as his home town.
After a 14-year battle with depression, Eric took his own life on February 4, 2016, at the age of 28. Eric suffered in silence, and yet still managed to graduate from Muhlenberg College in 2010, with a degree in music and psychology. In the years until his death, Eric was a direct care worker for people with developmental disabilities. He felt strongly that someone needed to be the voice for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
The Levenson family has established the Eric Eliezer Center for Hope, as a program of the JFS of Cliton-Passaic, in order to continue his legacy of caring for others. The Center is committed to ensuring that other young adults who may be suffering can readily access the support they need.
helps navigate challenges of finding meaningful employment:
- Career Counseling
- Vocational Testing
- Resume Writing
- Interviewing Skills
- Job Placement
assists clients in accessing government and community benefits.
help meet the challenges of interpersonal relationships. Individual weekly appointments with a licensed mental health professional are available. Up to 8 sessions can be scheduled at no cost if the client does not have health insurance or is unemployed.
sessions with other emerging adults allow members to give and receive support and guidance from peers. The group incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques for emotional regulation and social skills training.
assigns clients a volunteer mentor to provide additional support.
One of the barriers to receiving help is the stigma associated with mental health challenges. The Levenson Center presents community lectures and workshops designed to reduce that stigma.