We often times see families and children struggling to make ends meet. Generally speaking, the story is a familiar one. The parents are not working, the house is a mess, and there is no order or structure. However, from time to time, we come across terrible stories. Many of these families have an unusually hard time getting out of their situation. When we encounter cases like these, we jump into action. Our actions, powered by your donations, enable us to help turn around the lives of everyone having a difficult time. Due to these out of the ordinary situations and their turnarounds, we created a weekly column called “Success.” Here is this week’s success story.
A while back, a mother came to our organization. She said that she heard about us through the community. Though she said she heard great things about Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, she was skeptical because she had gone out plenty of times to look for help, only to see little results.
When she spoke with our staff, she said that her family was in complete disarray. The father has a life threatening crippling illness and has been undergoing several surgeries, thus leaving the family in severe debt. Therefore, the mother works to cover as much of the expenses as she can, and the rest of the time she is taking care of the father before and after surgery.
Naturally, the children have little to no routine. In fact, they were frequently seen wandering the streets hungry without food before they got to our Children’s Center. Both girls were relatively young and did not have the means or knowledge how to fend for themselves. It was a disastrous situation.
The mother pleaded with us to take them in to our Children’s Center, and so we did. The first few weeks were strange for the children. They were hesitant to eat or partake in any of the extracurricular activities, likely due to the isolation they went through for many years. However, after several months, they have gotten off the streets and have recovered in the Children’s Center. They have hot meals, emotional counseling, and homework help. They feel better about the situation at home as well and are managing well. Here they get the emotional warmth and love that was lacking for them at home.
Count this as another win for our donors and the staff here at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit!