GEMILLAS CHASSADIM – SOCIAL SERVICES
Helping those in need
Belz Institutions In Israel heed to every call for assistance. With the blessings and guidance of the Belzer Rebbe Shlita, organizations are established to address the needs of the poor, medically challenged, and widows and orphans in Eretz Yisroel.
SAAD V’MARPEH | Help & healing
When faced with a medical challenge, patients and their families may need medical, physical, or emotional support. Saad V’Marpe provides a wide scope of services, aid, and comfort, alleviating the burden, pain, and uncertainty.
Bikur V’Ezras Cholim, a division of Saad V’Marpe boasts a team of medical experts whose vast knowledge and connections direct patients to the ideal medical professional and establishments—at times to medical centers abroad.
- Case management, appointments, paperwork, and more
- Referrals & consultations
- Prescription assistance
When a patient needs specialized medical equipment, it may take time for insurance approval, or at times insurance won’t cover the fees. Saad V’Marpe provides free medical & surgical equipment loans.
- Wheelchairs, crutches, therapy apparatus, and more
- Oxygen tanks, nebulizers
- Free cell phones
Tikva U’Marpe is another branch of Saad V’Marpe that accompanies dialysis and kidney failure patients through treatments by providing physical, financial, and emotional support.
- Medical updates and studies
- Tutoring for school-age children
- Retreats and recreation are both therapeutic and fun
Respite & Retreats
Tikva V’Marpe organizes weekend retreats and summer camps for special needs and severely handicapped children. These getaways serve as a respite for the children and a much-needed reprieve for the parents and siblings
- State-of-the-art, medically equipped accommodations
- Ambulette transportation
- One-on-one childcare
Happiness heals. A team of volunteers takes over shifts at patients’ bedsides, especially in place of a parent of a sick child who needs constant visitors. They also visit elderly patients who oftentimes don’t have any visitors.
- Entertainment by singers, dancers, comedians, and more
- Volunteers sit at the patient’s bedside
- Celebrate together birthdays, holidays, recuperation milestones, and more
Sick children present a special challenge. They need continuous attention and care. Rotating shifts, medical treatment, and therapy are taxing for parents. An exceptional cadre of men, women, and seminary students volunteer to take over.
- Each volunteer is assigned one child
- Daytime and overnight shifts
- Provides relief for parents and children at home
Patients and visitors may be so preoccupied with medical care that they neglect their nutritional wellbeing. At times like these, nutritious food is essential for patients and also for their family members back home.
- Warm meals delivered to hospitals and homes
- 500 sandwiches daily
- Emergency room handouts
Tikva U’Marpe’s Chessed Line provides transportation services to patients who need to get to and from appointments, often at odd hours or long-distance locations. We also transport family members who need to travel for hospital visits and shifts.
- 5,400 + monthly transports
- Ambulette services
- Private cars for after-hours visits
G-d forbids when a terror attack or mass casualty incident occurs. Our trained crisis volunteers offer assistance at hospitals or affected sites and serve as liaisons between patients and their families.
- ER coordination
- Transporting aid from one facility/ward to the next
- Physical and emotional support to victims and families
MERKAZ HACHESSED | Food & financial aid
Many families living in Eretz Yisroel are challenged with economic difficulties. Merkaz Hachesed doesn’t wait for people to knock on its doors. We actively seek out those in need and ensure they are taken care of—making a difference in the lives of thousands of destitute families.
- Its three centrally located centers distribute hundreds of packages containing food staples and shabbos goodies weekly.
- Before the holidays, millions of shekels are distributed to enable people to purchase food of their choice for Yom Tov.
- Warm, nourishing foods get delivered after the birth of a baby. In addition, meals are provided for festive occasions (Bris, Kiddush, and more) for those who cannot afford them.
- Discounted coupons and store vouchers are distributed to needy families before any upcoming holiday or occasion.
- Poor brides and grooms receive funding to outfit themselves with beautiful clothing for their upcoming wedding occasion.
- Appearance matters for indigent students. Belz preserves their dignity by constantly funding their new apparel when their old ones are worn or outgrown.
- Free loan funds are offered to those facing exuberant costs such as marrying off a child, a new business venture, or unforeseen medical, educational, or business expenses.
- Essential appliances such as refrigerators, gas ranges, air conditioning, and more are supplied to those who cannot afford to purchase them and whose quality of life is affected.
- Providing assistance to families when a new baby arrives—convalescent care for the mother and newborn.
- The Vayizra Yitzchok Nursing Home is located in Yerushalayim, a 250-bed, state-of-the-art facility that received praise from its residents, their families, and health care professionals.
- The nursing home features top-notch medical & nursing care, recreation & entertainment, and comprehensive assisted living care
- Those who can’t afford to pay the full fee are admitted at highly subsidized rates.
ANU BANECHA | Assisting widows & orphans
The organization Anu Banecha-’we are your sons’ was founded with the vision of a
woman who experienced childhood as an orphan and is on a mission to transform,
strengthen, and heal broken hearts and homes.
Their motto: “Although we cannot return the people who are most precious to them;
we can most certainly return their smile to them.”
The average number of yearly calls seeking advice, support, or a shoulder to cry on
Yearly trips for each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions
Special programs held at the organization’s “Wings” campus
Professionally trained staff, therapists, and caregivers
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, a family of 12 children was informed that their beloved father had died from the cruel coronavirus. The organization’s founder stood at their side during the hasty funeral, held their hands as they tearfully said their final goodbyes, and supported and caressed them throughout. When she entered their shiva house, the teenage daughter told her: “Without you, we would not have survived the funeral.” Since that tragic day, their relationship has deepened. The children are part of Anu Banecha’s programs, and the widow receives continuous emotional and financial support.
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