Thirty-two years ago, I gave birth to my first son, Pesach, after six miscarriages. He lived for 12 hours. I felt so alone. Pregnancy and infant loss were taboo subjects, and most people didn’t understand the emotional trauma of my loss. When a loved one dies, we have shiva, a process to help us grieve and mourn, but I didn’t even have that. I founded NechamaComfort to support others who had endured the painful loss of a pregnancy or a baby, because no one should suffer alone.
The Impact Accelerator helped me understand that a nonprofit is not just a chessed, it’s a business. To help others, we have to be able to sustain ourselves.
Before, I thought people knew of us just because we’d been around for three decades, but that wasn’t true. One of the most wonderful things about the Impact Accelerator is that it got the media talking about us. Now, we’re getting calls from all over, connecting with people who need our support, and acquiring more opportunities to train and educate our community. Two days after our new website launched, a couple reached out to us from Moscow!
Thanks to the Impact Accelerator, we’ve been able to reach more of the people who need our support. And after 30 years of operating, I’ve been able to quit my day job and focus exclusively on helping others.
— Reva Judas, founder and director of NechamaComfort