Recently, the Fellowship Hotline has received numerous requests from Holocaust survivors seeking assistance in covering debts – particularly, during the winter, debts to utility companies.
It’s an unfortunate reality that can’t be ignored: In Israel, in 2016, Holocaust survivors still must come to us to help them pay their electric bills. Don't they deserve to live with dignity? Shouldn't they feel free to turn on their heat in their homes, and not have to be "stingy" about buying essentials like food and medicine?
We as a society must do much more to take care of Holocaust survivors living in poverty in Israel. After the Fellowship Hotline made people aware of this desperate need, we received many calls from citizens who wanted to help in all sorts of areas.
One of these calls came from a man named Ilan, who wanted to pay the electricity bill of a Holocaust survivor. We connected him with an elderly Holocaust survivor named Moshe, who was in danger of having his electricity disconnected. Moshe, like many needy Holocaust survivors, is unable to pay his monthly bills despite the social security he receives from the state.
We were able to pair an elderly Holocaust survivor who turned to the Hotline for assistance in paying his electricity bill with a citizen who wanted to do a good deed and donate to Holocaust survivors. Now Ilan knows he will have heat during the winter. This is just one of the many ways the Fellowship Hotline is helping Israel’s people in need!