Sharp Rescuer Prize
The Sharp Rescuer Award promotes humanitarian work in the example of Waitstill and Martha Sharp and seeks to empower rescuers today who are risking their lives for others. This social justice award is endowed in honor of the Sharps and their commitment to the Unitarian Universalist core values of justice and compassion. The Sharp Rescuer Prize will support people like the Sharps and Marina Goldman (the award's first recipient) and their associated organizations in carrying out their work.
2016 Award - Team Woodhouse
In April 2016, the Joukowsky Family Foundation announced its second award to Team Woodhouse, who left families and work and to travel to Lesvos, Greece to support over 1000 refugees. In 35 days the Woodhouse family raised over $25,000 for direct aid for refugees fleeing civil war in Syria.
Latifa Yusufi Woodhouse was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the daughter of an Imam, the eldest of 12 children, and the first-and only-woman from Kandahar ever to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States. Latifa has Masters Degrees in English as a 2nd Language from SUNY-Albany and Counseling from Ohio University. She recently retired after a distinguished 40 year career teaching in Kandahar, Long Island and New York City.
Latifa is a tireless advocate for human rights, social justice and women’s equality. She was a founding member of Women for Afghan Women and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY; The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, Providence, RI, and WISE (Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality) NY, New York. Latifa has dedicated her life to working for peaceful alternatives to oppression, discrimination and violence. She is a member of Peace Action on Long Island, The Interfaith Alliance of Long Island and a United Nations NGO, Ribbon International, which promotes the healing power of Peace as an antidote to violence. Latifa has volunteered for more than a decade as the NY Metro Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee which partners with grassroots organizations worldwide to foster social justice and a world free from oppression. She and her husband, Colin, sponsored 15 members of her family who were granted asylum in the US after the Russian Invasion of Afghanistan.
Colin Woodhouse was born in Cheltenham, England and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1952. Colin has Masters Degrees in International Economic Development and Public Administration. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1973-76, where he taught at the University of Kabul. As a public official, he held positions as Ohio’s Manager of Foreign Direct Investment and New York City’s Deputy Commissioner for International Trade and Development. For the last 21 years, he has operated his own financial planning and investment management firm. Colin has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and has chaired the Congregation’s Investment Committee, the Stewardship Committee and the Vision/Mission Task Force. Colin founded the Socially Responsible Investment Committee which encourages a values-based strategies in investing the Congregation’s endowment. He organized and led a team of construction volunteers that built a house for an elderly woman in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Colin and Latifa reside in Great Neck, NY where they have raised 5 children.
Read more about their story here.
2015 Award - Marina Goldman
As a nurse practitioner Marina Goldman worked both domestically and internationally, at times in highly dangerous situations, to provide support and to rescue people from life-threatening circumstances. In April 2015, The Joukowsky Family Foundation announced its first award of $10,000 which supported Marina in the educational community to organize support for the Katanya Women’s Development Association (KaWDA). KaWDA is a non-governmental organization that was established by Ann Marie Caulker in 1996 during the brutal eleven-year civil war that left Sierra Leone and its people devastated. KaWDA’s mission is to bring dignity and hope to women and children by providing them with access to education, skills, training and support. KaWDA runs a school that serves approximately 400 students. The grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation is the first of what we hope will be an annual gift to support rescuers today.