One of the most successful and well-known Yad Ezra V’Shulamit programs is the Children’s Center. It is this program that helps hundreds of children a month. Whether it’s with meals, schooling, extra-curricular activities, or therapy, we are here and provide full time care for these children.
From the management at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit to the children, families, and donors, everyone loves the Children’s Center. It has become a beckon of hope for the impoverished in Israel, aiming to break the cycle of poverty once and for all. And breaking this cycle starts with the children – the future generation.
But, what happens when children aren’t the only ones in need? What happens when resources within other programs are fully drained? How do parents, who suddenly feel like terrible caretakers, cope? How do they manage the daily life of family functioning when they themselves are severely deprived?
Of course, there are a myriad of governmental and private organizations that assist needy adults in Israel. The issue is that this model isn’t sustainable. More than 30% of Israel lives under the poverty line, effectively crippling this assistance program. There’s simply not enough resources to go around. Not via the government, and not through any charity program.
We here at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, like every other charity organization, have a max capacity. It’s an unfortunate truth. For as many children that we take care of, there are an equal amount of adults that we cater to as well. The issue? The waiting list for the adults is longer than the children’s!
Our Children’s Center Doing Wonders!
A few weeks ago, a woman came to us in desperate need of help. She was recently divorced and left with nothing. No house. No food. No job. No money. The woman and her daughter essentially had the clothes on their backs and that’s it.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have any room in our other adult charity programs. Initially, we were going to put her on the waiting list. But, the situation was so bad that we knew we had to act. With a little creative thought and assistance from the staff in the various groups, the mother was allowed to eat with her daughter at the Children’s Center. After a few months, the girl is receiving after-school help, while we are actively helping the mother look for a job through our Job Desk. We are confident that in the near future, everything will work out.