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Filling a void.

The Ten Kavod program, in English “Showing Respect”, was established in 2013 with the aim “to prevent the deterioration of medical health among the senior population,” regardless of religious affiliation, race or gender. The project works to prevent the all-too common instances United Hatzalah faces when encountering impoverished senior citizens who are unable to contend with the routine reality, who are suffering declining health conditions and even, at times, when reaching these citizens when it is already too late. 

The department  recruits volunteers from the community, trains them as first responders (they undergo the full first responders’ training), and coordinates between the volunteer and the specific senior citizen.

The Ten Kavod project is currently offered in 33 cities around the country – including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Elad, Herzliya and Ashkelon – where over 720 holocaust survivors and other elderly participants benefit from services by 700 trained volunteers, including weekly home visits, advice on social and financial benefits, medical checkups and access to our call-center staff.

The services provided by Ten Kavod are completely free to aid the elderly who are struggling financially. There are 190,000 holocaust survivors in Israel today, including 48,000 living below the poverty line, and 38,500 who report having to choose between food, medication and other necessities.

The volunteer visits his assigned senior citizen in his home and monitors his various medical indices so as to prevent any decline in his health. Furthermore, the volunteer assists the senior citizen in contending with the digital world and making appointments at the Health Fund (Kupat Cholim). The volunteer also serves as a companion who engages the senior citizen and helps alleviate his loneliness, thereby, the volunteer acts as an additional field of warmth and protection for the senior citizen. 

Importantly, the activities of the current volunteers have far surpassed the initial and basic goals of the project – the volunteers form a deep connection with the senior citizens that includes assisting with other activities including shopping, and also participation in family events and celebrations. 

In recent years, as part of this project United Hatzalah has distributed heaters and blankets, performed light home renovations, connected the senior citizens to other aid organizations for the provision of hot meals, and more.

For more information email Ariel ben David at ariel@1221.org.il.