How to Donate to the Jessie Streich-Kest Fund


The family of Jessie Streich-Kest has set up a fund to help with veterinary costs for their injured dog as well as “any other costs the family may incur,” said Bob Master, the family’s representative.

Many neighbors have been wondering how they can help the family and friends of Jessie and Jacob. This is one way to do so.

The fund will be administered by a friend of the family. Please make checks payable The Jessie Streich-Kest Fund. You can send checks here:

The Jessie Streich-Kest Fund
care of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
241 Water Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10038

UPDATE 11/1: You can now make donations online, which will benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

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  1. Jessie was so remarkably inquisitive, compassionate, and gentle, so thoughtful, so funny. To be in her presence was to be near the best of humanity. My life is so enriched by having known her, to have been inspired by her. My heart is broken.

  2. In feel so bad for them and the dog. But… what was wrong with them? No caution? No common sense? How utterly foolish were they.

  3. This is Roland Lewis. I am serving as administrator for the Fund. To clarify, please make checks payable to “The Jessie Streich-Kest Fund,” and please mail the checks to the Jessie Streich-Kest Fund, care of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, 241 Water Street, New York, N.Y. 10038.

    Thank you very much.

  4. @dce900f8b7bb28c80af723a29db1d872:disqus –I’d like to set up a Chipin account to accept online donations for the fund in Jessie’s memory. To do that I need an email address linked to a Paypal account. You can email me at to discuss. Many thanks, Sharon

  5. We are devastated to learn of Jessie’s death. Such a tragedy. Our hearts to out to Fran, Jon and Jake during this horrific time.

  6. Jessie and I were extremely close and I was absolutely devastated when I heard the news. I wanted to share my thoughts here so that everyone would know just how incredible she really was:

    Jessie Streich-Kest was an extraordinary person, and I am tremendously privileged to have been her friend. No one I have ever met has devoted more of her life to service, to social equity, and to her friends than Jessie. Whether it was tutoring students in West Philadelphia, working to help the homeless, or dropping everything to listen to your problems, Jessie always strove to leave a positive mark on the world. There are so many amazing stories to tell about Jessie, like the time she bought a homeless mother food, formula, and diapers for her child, out of the blue. But the memories that are most indelible in my mind are those I shared with Jessie in my freshman year of college at Penn.

    Like many gay teenagers, I was totally closeted when I started my first day at Penn. I was terrified of saying those two, improbably difficult words, “I’m gay,” to any other living soul besides myself. And then I met Jessie. There really is no word to accurately describe how I felt when I met her than the word “safe.” Jessie made me feel safe, because she was unequivocally accepting of people, no matter their sexuality, socioeconomic class, color, ethnicity, or any other perceivable (or unperceivable) difference. She was an absolute warrior for tolerance. She emanated acceptance. That first day with Jessie at Penn, the words that were so hard to say to everyone else simply rolled off my tongue without so much a stutter. I knew that no matter what may happen with any other person in my life, Jessie would always be there, cheering me on in my newfound freedom to be myself. Without Jessie, I would never have had the courage to go to my first event at Penn’s LGBT center and I would have never, EVER, gone to a gay club on my 18th birthday. Six years later, thanks to the self-confidence Jessie helped me discover, I have found the love of my life. And thanks to Jessie’s tireless work for equal rights, I can marry him.

    In short, Jessie Streich-Kest changed my life. My story is just a small piece of her own, one that involves innumerable hours spent caring for friends, working indefatigably for equality, and most recently, shaping a new generation of minds as a teacher. To have lost such a beacon of goodness in this world is unbearable. I will never forget her.

  7. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing your memories. Jessie sounds like an amazing young woman. Such a tragic loss.

  8. Nick, thank you for this. I am so sorry for your loss, but appreciate knowing more about Jessie and her influence on people and the world. I did not know her but she was a neighbor and it is good to know that such a bright light lived nearby and enriched the lives of people around here.

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