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Faces of The Fellowship: Liza, Nicole, and Liran

While Israel’s youth villages – many of them supported by The Fellowship – provide homes to orphans, new immigrants, and needy youth from poor and abusive homes, when these children turn 18 the government is no longer obligated to provide for their wellbeing. Once they graduate from a youth village, they often have nowhere to live while they complete their compulsory IDF service.This is why The Fellowship has created Fellowship Houses – to provide a place for these young people who need a stable home during the first stages of their IDF service. Construction recently finished on eight Fellowship Houses for needy teenagers and immigrants serving in the IDF. Three of the young adults who now live in one of the Fellowship Houses stood outside their new home to greet the visitors following the dedication ceremony last month:Liza (left) is an IDF soldier-teacher with no parents. She had been living out of suitcases and sleeping at friends’ houses in the city of Bat Yam. When asked about the importance of the Fellowship House, she said, "I now have somewhere I can return to. I have a house I'm proud of. This is my home.”Nicole (middle) is a soldier in the Fellowship-adopted Field Intelligence Battalion. She's classified as a lone soldier, and until she moved into the Fellowship House, she had to stay on her base during weekends. When there would be an "open Shabbat" on the base and families would visit, Nicole would volunteer to stand guard at the gate because no one would come visit her. Now she has somewhere to go on weekends. "The Fellowship House is my real home,” she said.Liran will be inducted into the IDF Nahal Brigade Patrol in another month. His loving grandmother raised him, but she lives far from the army base and it’s impossible for him to live with her during his service. "I'm very excited about having the opportunity to live here,” he said. “It's as if I won the lottery!”


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