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Fellowship-funded Home Saves Israeli Youth from Homelessness

Passover seder at Shanti House (Photo: Shanti House)

Of the projects The Fellowship's faithful supporters help fund, many of them look ahead to Israel's future, providing stability and aid to the Jewish state's neediest young people. CNN's Laura Klairmont speaks to the founder of one of these programs, the Shanti House, which has helped more than 46,000 struggling Israeli youth:

When she was 14 years old, Mariuma Ben Yosef ran away from home...

Ultimately, Ben Yosef got her life on track. She moved back to Israel, where she had lived as a child, attended boarding school and later served in the military...

"I didn't have a home or a family, and that was in my soul," she said. "I wanted to help other kids like me."

She started by serving weekly dinners to homeless youth. Before she knew it, she was giving them a place to stay...

Today, her organization, the Shanti House, has grown into a sprawling two-campus facility -- with locations in Tel Aviv and the Negev region -- that has helped more than 46,000 young people...

“We provide these children not only with a bed, food, therapies, medical care, and education, we also provide them with love, security and all the emotional needs of someone who is missing a family. We give them everything they need to survive and succeed...”

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