Shlomo, 75, immigrated to Israel from Russia at a very young age. He loved living in Israel and worked hard to support his wife and daughter. "Many of my family were killed in the Holocaust," he says, "so I never took living in Israel for granted. Here, finally, was a land where I didn't need to be embarrassed or scared to be a Jew."
Shlomo lived a simple but happy life in Israel until his wife got sick and passed away, leaving him depressed and alone. Shlomo was also sick and struggled to care for himself and perform even the most basic activities. "I felt like I could no longer go on," he says. "I relied on her for everything and she relied on me."
In addition to these many hardships, Shlomo's only income was a small government pension of just $300 a month—barely enough to cover basic necessities. Shlomo was forced to make the heartbreaking decision between heating his home and buying food.
When The Fellowship learned of Shlomo's plight they immediately stepped in, providing him with funds to pay his heating bill through the Guardians of Israel program. Shlomo is deeply grateful for this lifesaving assistance, especially during the cold winter months.
"Thank God that, thanks to The Fellowship, I don't need to make that hard decision anymore—I can eat and be warm. If it weren't for the help The Fellowship provides so many people like me would get sick, pass away, or suffer on the coldest days. This help lets us know that we are not forgotten and people still care about us."