$50,000 for the South

In case anyone yearns for small town life in the south, this is for you: the Jewish community of Dothan, Alabama, is offering $50,000 to relocate you to their town.

Michele Reed cuddles her 3-month-old baby, Sam, after getting home from work. She got a job as a medical assistant at one of Dothan’s hospitals.
She and her husband, Matthew Reed, are the first family in the Blumberg relocation project, and they know Alabama well. They grew up in the state and after living in North Carolina wanted to move back. Michelle’s parents were even married in the Dothan temple. So the offer of help from the Jewish community came at just the right time.
“It’s been hectic. It’s been fast-paced, but it’s been exciting,” Matthew says.
Michelle says the people at the temple are welcoming and so nice. “We wanted to raise our kids Jewish, and we thought this would be a good way to do it,” she says.
Matthew just got out of the Army and landed a job as an aircraft mechanic in Dothan. Now, after he gets home from work, he plays with his 2-year-old son, Ayden, launching cars on a dinosaur racetrack. It’s been a whirlwind experience for this family since last September when they first heard about the offer.
“We kind of had to take a step back and question it a little bit and make sure it was something legitimate and it is. And here we are,” Matthew says.
[Read more, from NPR’s All Things Considered.]

6 thoughts on “$50,000 for the South

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