Christina and Benjamin

Family Stories   Christina and Benjamin We met in Houston in 2012, when we were both in graduate school. Music brought us together and has been at the center of our lives. Christina is a professional pianist, and Ben is a composer and pianist. We both adore children and have worked extensively with them as music teachers. We each come …

Dave and Matt

Family Stories   Dave and Matt Our family journey began in January 2018 when we were introduced by text from a mutual friend. We knew from early on that we were a great fit for one another and were engaged six months after those first texts were exchanged. We compliment each other with our differences, and are united by our …

Michelle and Thomas

Family Stories   Michelle and Thomas My wife and I have been trying for six years and we both have been diagnosed with infertility. We have been through depression, anxiety, frustration, and loneliness. My wife and I love volunteering and giving back to the community. We volunteer with our local forest preserve. We also volunteer at a center that helps low …

Jessica and Scott

Family Stories   Jessica and Scott We are very thankful to be grant recipients. Our wish is to complete our family and this grant is giving us that opportunity. We look forward to starting this journey, and our goal is to help Jewish United Fund continue to provide this honor to other hopeful families dealing with infertility. Jessica and Scott …

Ariel and Benjamin

Family Stories   Ariel and Benjamin Ben is currently a first-year Emergency Medicine resident in Chicago’s South Side and enjoys giving back to his community. Ari has recently started a women’s health telemedicine company and both are excited to move closer to our dream of starting our family! As a veteran, Ben has been active in organizations like Veterans Anti-Violence …

Rebecca and Justin

Family Stories   Rebecca and Justin Justin and I met in college and got married in 2015. We knew kids were in the future for us. However, we knew it wouldn’t be an easy journey as I had cancer twice as a teenager and was unable to carry a baby. After three egg retrievals, we were beyond thrilled when our …

Michelle and Mike

Family Stories   Michelle and Mike Hi! We are Michelle and Mike, and we have been together for six years (married for three and a half years). We spent much time and money on dating websites, and then ended up meeting in person! Michelle was dancing for a DJ company (a second job) at Mike’s cousin’s Bat Mitzvah, and we …

Kynise and Keva

Family Stories   Kynise and Keva It all started at a daycare in Peoria, Illinois, where we both worked. As time went on, Kynise and I became friends. Friends turned into best friends and that turned into a relationship that is seven years and counting! We moved to Chicago in 2018 to begin our family. While in Chicago, I became …

Andrea and Ryan

Family Stories   Andrea and Ryan We met just after college through some mutual friends. After five years of dating, we eloped at the Grand Canyon. We had decided before we start a family we would do all the “usual” things couples do before starting a family: buy a house, save money, travel, get dogs, enjoy just being a newly …