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Fellowship Hotline Frees IDF Veteran to Finally Go Outside

Yitzhak -- Fellowship Hotline Yitzhak finally outside his home. (photo: IFCJ)

The Fellowship Hotline, launched just last year, provides anyone in need in Israel a place to call to get help. Fellowship operators are trained to direct callers to a Fellowship project, other non-profit organization, or government body that can help with their particular issue. And when there isn’t an obvious project or group to direct callers to, the Fellowship operators get creative.

This was the case with Yitzhak, a physically disabled Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veteran who is wheelchair bound and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. His inability to navigate the steps from his apartment to the street on his own had, in effect, made him a prisoner in his own home.

Yitzhak hadn’t left his apartment for several months when his daughter called the Fellowship Hotline in the hope of finding a solution to her father's problem. The Fellowship Hotline forwarded the story to The Fellowship's Media Department, who in turn contacted Galei Tzahal, the nationwide Israeli radio network operated by the IDF.

Yitzhak's story was publicized on the radio, and days later someone donated a wheelchair lift to Yitzhak. At last, he is able to leave his apartment and enjoy life outdoors! Yitzhak's daughter sent the photo above of her father outside his house, smiling, free, and happy – another life made better by the Fellowship Hotline! 

Learn how you can help others in need like Yitzhak receive lifesaving help. 

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