FALL FOCUS 2018
Approximately one quarter of Israel’s some 180,000 Holocaust Survivors are impoverished, struggling with illness, or living alone.
In 2009, ICEJ began a partnership with the local charity to provide a Home especially for lonely survivors. It offers attractive assisted-living facilities and a warm family environment. The Haifa Home continues to be a significant and vital project. It is a partnership in the true sense of the word, with a warm and trusting relationship existing between the Israeli staff, residents, volunteers, and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.
The Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors is a community that is comprised of 2 main social & admin buildings and many apartments in over 10 low rise buildings on 3 streets. Due to this extraordinary Home with many old buildings and apartments there is a constant need for maintenance and reconstruction to adapt to the changing needs of an aging population.
At this time the ICEJ is building an extension to the dining hall that will function as an activity room and at the same time a safe and protected area in case of war. (ICEJ Canada installed two safe rooms for this purpose) The newly acquired ICEJ building will be turned into a kind of hospice where our dear residents will be able to live out their lives in the midst of their loving familiar surroundings.
The renovation of the outside has already started before the winter rain. Once our design plans are approved, we can start with the inside renovation, which is a process that takes another couple of months.
Yudit Setz, our ICEJ Aid Deputy Director and coordinator for the Haifa Home moved to Haifa with her husband Will at the end of July, the residents were so happy to welcome them. Being fully engaged with the Haifa Home, she will be able to build an infrastructure for volunteer service and strengthen our wonderful partnership. For example Nancy, one of our Canadian member friends, is volunteering now till end of November. On October 11th she wrote to our office:
I have lived at the home for almost two weeks now and appreciate so much being able to comfort and support this dear community in various ways. And, I am reminded that we have the distinct privilege of reaching out and being their "salt and light" in the name of our Redeemer
Just this morning, for instance, I was able to help a French-speaking resident who resides in a nicely renovated apartment and this afternoon, I shall put my hand to ironing blouses which some of the ladies will wear at Sunday's event.
My own living quarters are quite adequate and I therefore trust that I may remain here since it is located close by to the residents.
That is all for now and we remain confident that He who keeps Israel "neither slumbers nor sleeps". With love to you and the other faithful believers in God's purpose for this/His people. From, Nancy van Kuiken
It is becoming evident to us all that time is running short, and there are many Survivors waiting to find such a loving Home and community. Without government funding the Home is completely dependent on donors such as you!
With the growing needs of an increasingly older resident population you can help by donating toward the huge monthly utilities cost in order to provide heat and water for all of the buildings.
Would you consider helping us with the monthly operating costs to keep the lights and heat on for some 75 + Survivors through our 2018 FALL FOCUS & the Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Campaign?
100% of what we receive from you goes to this vital cause. (ICEJ Canada Aid & Development is a Canadian Registered Charity. CanadaHelps our donor partner will issue you your official tax receipt immediately by email. Thank you so much for your support!