The Fellowship Crisis Hotline is a call center available to anyone in Israel – and is often a last hope for people who’ve reached their limit. Our operators assist callers by directing them to a Fellowship project or other non-profit or government organization that can help.
When one of our very own With Dignity and Fellowship volunteers needed our assistance, we rushed in to help him find a long-term solution to his financial difficulties:
Yuri, a Holocaust survivor, and his wife, Irina, loved volunteering with The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship program. This Fellowship program provides vital foods and medicines to the elderly and Holocaust survivors in need, as well as much needed visits and companionship from helpful and friendly volunteers, like Yuri and Irina.
The kind couple met many elderly during their volunteer work since 2014, and they established many meaningful connections and friendships.
Then, Yuri had a stroke. And their lives changed. Yuri needed to focus on his own health, and he stopped volunteering. In addition to the health setbacks from the stroke, Yuri learned that he had cancer and prostate and kidney problems.
Today, Yuri's cancer has spread to his bones, and he doesn't leave his home. Additionally, his medical expenses have increased greatly. He must pay for medicines, special health foods, and travel costs to his medical treatments. His doctors put him on a special diet, so he finds it difficult to eat the food offered at soup kitchens, but struggles to afford the health foods he’s required to eat.
Thankfully, the Fellowship Crisis Hotline was there to help. Just as Yuri had helped Fellowship beneficiaries in need, The Fellowship wanted to help Yuri through his time of need as well.
A Lifesaving Connection
The Hotline started working on Yuri’s case. They wanted to provide him a long-term solution to his ongoing financial needs. First, they contacted a partner organization, who could provide Yuri with food vouchers.
Then, last week the Hotline received a call from an anonymous donor who was willing to pay for a Holocaust survivor's electricity bill.
The Hotline staff immediately thought of Yuri, so they contacted the donor. “I don’t want to pay just one bill. I want to cover his electricity bills for the rest of his life!” said the anonymous donor.
What a blessing! Now, Yuri won’t have to worry about his electricity bill - and can use this money for other expenses.
For Yuri, and so many like him, the Fellowship Crisis Hotline brings hope and comfort. Now Yuri and his wife have the support they need while Yuri continues to prioritize his health. Thank you to our donors for supporting this important project!