MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Helping those in need is not limited to economic aid. A person is in financial distress often requires emotional support and encouragement in order to pull himself out of a given situation. The Ish Tzaddik Haya organization comes face to face with hundreds of such situations in the course of the foundation’s operations.
On a visit with family who suffered financial ruin, we heard the following oft-repeated account: “When we had money, we had lots of friends who would visit and spend time with us. When our financial world collapsed, our friends disappeared. They forgot about us and they no longer seek our friendship. It’s been seven years since our difficulties began and you are the first people to knock on our door; strangers who have come to help. What kind of life is this when no one wants to associate with us. I cannot even afford a lollipop for my granddaughter. Death is preferable to a life so as this.”
FOOD BASKET DISTRIBUTION
Generally, food baskets distribution means that needy families receive a collection of basic goods. Since food baskets are identical and cannot be customized to specific needs, their benefit may sometimes be diminished. In addition, since all families receive a prescribed food basket, their dignity of choice is taken away. The purchase and management of products also generates an extra expense emanating from the cost of storage, maintenance and distribution – money that would accomplish far more when used in direct assistance to those in need.
The Ish Tzaddik Haya nonprofit organization’s objective is to optimize the value of donations and to maximize their benefit, while simultaneously provide customized and dignified assistance to needy families. In recognition of the inherent inefficiency of food baskets, the foundation resolved to distribute in their stead vouchers redeemable in major supermarkets and food chains. This also enables purchases of goods based on individual preferences.
Voucher distribution is done in a most discreet manner, primarily delivered by volunteer messengers or via Israeli postal service.
HELPING NEEDY FAMILIES
There are many families in Israel whose meager earnings do not sufficiently cover the monthly outlay for basic survival necessities. With increasing cost of living on the one hand and growing needs on the other even in situations where both parents work the wages too often fall short.
The Ish Tzaddik Haya nonprofit organization steps in to assist these families in their time of need. Eligibility and level of assistance are determined by the organization’s committees who are directed by the foundation’s guiding principles. All appeals for assistance to Ish Tzaddik Haya are reviewed and appraised so that the support provided is structured, optimized and grounded in the notion of helping recipients overcome their crisis and prevail over their predicament.