When Mendy was 21 years old, he met his wife Ita, the driving force behind all he accomplished, both professionally and communally. With Ita at his side, Mendy utilized all of the resources at his disposal to help those that who were suffering in any way, always flying below the radar and never taking no for an answer.
Mendy supported communal institutions all across the globe. More than just making financial contributions, he became intimately involved in the many causes he championed-- brainstorming ideas, identifying solutions and challenging others to become leaders themselves. Unable to tolerate the idea of anyone suffering in silence, Mendy’s work was hands-on and he spent hours in one on one conversations with at-risk teens at drop-in centers and visiting hangouts frequented by homeless youth, trying to understand what had gone wrong in their lives and how he could help.
Despite his untimely passing, Mendy’s fingerprints continue to remain evident in all that Amudim does. His vision guides Amudim’s staff daily as they carry on his legacy, giving 110 percent to those who are struggling with abuse and addiction and putting shattered lives back together with the utmost sensitivity. Mendy’s trademark passion and unparalleled devotion remain the driving forces at Amudim, pushing the entire team farther than anyone ever dreamed possible.
Amudim will forever serve as Mendy Klein z’tl’s--a giant of a man whose foresight, caring and compassion made him one of our generation’s greatest visionaries-- living legacy.