Lisa was honored when her friend Joe* asked her to guarantee his student loan. After nursing himself through years of rehabilitation after a near-fatal bike accident, Joe was inspired to become a nurse himself. He needed to go back to school but couldn’t afford it without financial help. Hebrew Free Loan was there to help, but as with all applications, Joe needed cosigners.

Joe reached out to Lisa, who felt comfortable guaranteeing through Hebrew Free Loan because it took away any discomfort that might come from lending money directly to a friend. “I felt good that I could support my friend and his success in this small way,” Lisa said. “And I felt closer to my Jewish community by helping through such an honorable Jewish organization. They gave Joe a leg up to a new life.”

Together, Lisa and Hebrew Free Loan helped him get there.

*Name changed to honor anonymity