This is a follow-up report of a recent Day Out for Israeli seniors living under the poverty line in the central area. Transportation was provided to Jerusalem to see the city’s sights, have a full hot lunch, and make new friends.
Loneliness is an issue when people are living under the
poverty line, as there’s no money to do something super-fun and interesting
like this. Our goal is not only to get
them out of their apartment and give them the opportunity to make friends, but
also to give them a nutritious full meal with dignity. This is also an opportunity to discuss the
sites that were visited and things they all have in common. The discussion is always quite lively and
Instead of a one-hour visit to an apartment of a lonely
senior, having a group outing gives them so many more opportunities and gets them
out instead. In the matter of several
hours, a whole entire group can have a day of interaction . . . and form new relationships.
To make the day last
longer, we always give away reference materials about the places that were
visited, and the people look forward to reading them at home, which extends the
trip to even more interesting memories.
Supporting Holocaust Survivors and seniors that are
struggling in Israel, giving them a real meal, going slowly and taking the time
to explain the sites to them properly, this is a real blessing for them. It helps them mentally and emotionally as
well, and that’s important.
Thank you to our friends who are supporting and building up
Israel! Israel Relief Aid is taking the
time to do here a quality job . . . to do what you would do if you were
here. Israel Relief Aid is here for
them, and for you!