Yad Ezra V'Shulamit

Yad Ezra V'Shulamit is a humanitarian organization that works to provide nutritional security, educational enrichment, and social support to impoverished families throughout Israel.

Location: Jerusalem
Year founded: 1998

Description

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is a humanitarian organization in Israel which helps needy families overcome poverty.

Founded in 1998, the organization began by delivering food baskets to fifty local families.

Since then, it has expanded into a nation-wide operation which includes weekly and holiday food distributions of thousands of baskets, children’s centers feeding over 500 children every day, and drop-in youth clubs helping over 8,000 teens-at-risk get back on track.

Understanding that poverty does not exist in a vacuum, over the years the organization increased its services beyond providing food with programs like empowering activities for teens at risk, academic enrichment for underprivileged children, and vocational training and guidance.

Social welfare reports indicate that one third of children in Israel are growing up below the poverty line. Today, nearly 100,000 individuals depend on Yad Ezra V’Shulamit to help them break from the cycle of poverty.

Employment Desk

About

Yad Ezra
V'Shulamit's employment desk assists men and women seeking work. The clients have usually experienced
great difficulty in gaining
a foothold in the job market, invariably have dependents and are struggling to make
ends meet and feed their families. We help the unemployable to find
work. The organization’s approach to combating poverty is to intervene not
only on a material level but more
importantly, to provide the tools indigent families need to break out of the
cycle of poverty in which they are trapped, sometimes for generations.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission and
purpose of the employment desk is
to encourage poor families to
become self-supporting. The
beneficiaries become empowered with improved self-esteem, enhanced financial
situation and elevated independence. The families no longer need immediate
intervention and have hope and dignity restored to them.

Back to Top

Program Description

Our employment desk provides assistance in..

1) Counselling and guidance through the initial process with our trained social worker
2) Helping to compose a 'good' and professional CV/resume focusing on marketable skills, and adapted to meet the focus of prospective jobs.
3) Assisting in tailor-developing work plans that suit the family needs
4) Bringing together employers and employees. Providing resources for both.
5) Referring clients to training programs where appropriate
6) Mentoring, counselling and guiding clients after placement to maximize success

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

Poverty is rampant in Israel and the cycle of poverty is increasingly hard to break free from. The statistics on poverty and food insecurity in Israel are grim. Hunger in Israel does not denote the literal absence of food as in third world countries, but is a result of gross malnutrition due to a poverty-caused diet restricted to high-carb bread and pasta that will not provide the adequate nutrients crucial to the development of the child.

The National Insurance Institute reported in 2016 that more than 1.7 million people or 22 percent of the population in Israel live below the poverty line and this number is increasing every year. OECD (an economic organization of 35 democratic countries) calculates Israel as having the second highest poverty rate among its member countries, ranking behind Mexico. UNICEF Israel reports that, “poverty rates among children in Israel are shocking.”

This program provides many families with the tools to break out of the cycle of poverty, to become financially secure and restores dignity and hope.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

The employment desk has been operational since 2009
on a part-time basis. Each year we increase our number of clients - and are now
serving 150 people annually. Our clients are now working in a variety of
fields from teaching, nursing, clerking and working in stores to starting their own businesses. There are many
stories of individual clients - but Leah's stands out.

Leah had an erratic job history. Middle-aged with no
higher learning she had tried to
work in eldercare but was exhausted, and as she a single-parent, her situation impacted her
three young children - who were physically and emotionally suffering
because their mother was so worn out and depressed. She accumulated many rejections
from potential employers and was losing hope.

Our counselor established a rapport with Leah, helped
revise her CV and coached her before interviews. Eventually Leah took a chance
and applied for an appealing job with a local non-profit organization. She
passed the trial period and was hired for a long-term position at a better
salary than she received in the past. She recently contacted the counselor to
express her gratitude. The family was now much happier and more secure and Leah
explained how, at Yad Ezra V'Shulamit's employment desk she felt someone was on her side,
could help her professionally and emotionally and was 'cheering her on.' This
made all the difference to her and the
family was
now self-sufficient.



Leah's story is far from unique
and most of our clients achieve
security and an increased standard of living for them and their families.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

The success of the program is measured by the numbers of clients who find work through our employment desk and who remain employed. Currently the statistics are as follows:

The employment desk is manned 13 hours per week. The desk serves, on average, 12 – 14 people per month and of those, a quarter will find a position within 2 months and just half will have found a job after 4 months. 75% will be working after 6 months. These results are exceptional, especially as most of our clients are hard to place, may not have worked in years or be new to the job market. The focus is on individual counseling and by the professional employment counselor who is also an experienced social worker. This personal care enables close monitoring, communication and encouragement and also supports the individual clients during the initial employment period. The majority of our clients have been food basket recipient families and individuals in debt. Finding a job means that the family is able to become self-sustaining and not have to rely on welfare.

Back to Top

Employment Desk

About

Yad Ezra
V'Shulamit's employment desk assists men and women seeking work. The clients have usually experienced
great difficulty in gaining
a foothold in the job market, invariably have dependents and are struggling to make
ends meet and feed their families. We help the unemployable to find
work. The organization’s approach to combating poverty is to intervene not
only on a material level but more
importantly, to provide the tools indigent families need to break out of the
cycle of poverty in which they are trapped, sometimes for generations.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission and
purpose of the employment desk is
to encourage poor families to
become self-supporting. The
beneficiaries become empowered with improved self-esteem, enhanced financial
situation and elevated independence. The families no longer need immediate
intervention and have hope and dignity restored to them.

Back to Top

Program Description

Our employment desk provides assistance in..

1) Counselling and guidance through the initial process with our trained social worker
2) Helping to compose a 'good' and professional CV/resume focusing on marketable skills, and adapted to meet the focus of prospective jobs.
3) Assisting in tailor-developing work plans that suit the family needs
4) Bringing together employers and employees. Providing resources for both.
5) Referring clients to training programs where appropriate
6) Mentoring, counselling and guiding clients after placement to maximize success

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

Our employment desk provides assistance in..

1) Counselling and guidance through the initial process with our trained social worker
2) Helping to compose a 'good' and professional CV/resume focusing on marketable skills, and adapted to meet the focus of prospective jobs.
3) Assisting in tailor-developing work plans that suit the family needs
4) Bringing together employers and employees. Providing resources for both.
5) Referring clients to training programs where appropriate
6) Mentoring, counselling and guiding clients after placement to maximize success

Demonstrated Need

Poverty is rampant in Israel and the cycle of poverty is increasingly hard to break free from. The statistics on poverty and food insecurity in Israel are grim. Hunger in Israel does not denote the literal absence of food as in third world countries, but is a result of gross malnutrition due to a poverty-caused diet restricted to high-carb bread and pasta that will not provide the adequate nutrients crucial to the development of the child.
The National Insurance Institute reported in 2016 that more than 1.7 million people or 22 percent of the population in Israel live below the poverty line and this number is increasing every year. OECD (an economic organization of 35 democratic countries) calculates Israel as having the second highest poverty rate among its member countries, ranking behind Mexico. UNICEF Israel reports that, “poverty rates among children in Israel are shocking.”

This program provides many families with the tools to break out of the cycle of poverty, to become financially secure and restores dignity and hope.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

The employment desk has been operational since 2009
on a part-time basis. Each year we increase our number of clients - and are now
serving 150 people annually. Our clients are now working in a variety of
fields from teaching, nursing, clerking and working in stores to starting their own businesses. There are many
stories of individual clients - but Leah's stands out.

Leah had an erratic job history. Middle-aged with no
higher learning she had tried to
work in eldercare but was exhausted, and as she a single-parent, her situation impacted her
three young children - who were physically and emotionally suffering
because their mother was so worn out and depressed. She accumulated many rejections
from potential employers and was losing hope.

Our counselor established a rapport with Leah, helped
revise her CV and coached her before interviews. Eventually Leah took a chance
and applied for an appealing job with a local non-profit organization. She
passed the trial period and was hired for a long-term position at a better
salary than she received in the past. She recently contacted the counselor to
express her gratitude. The family was now much happier and more secure and Leah
explained how, at Yad Ezra V'Shulamit's employment desk she felt someone was on her side,
could help her professionally and emotionally and was 'cheering her on.' This
made all the difference to her and the
family was
now self-sufficient.



Leah's story is far from unique
and most of our clients achieve
security and an increased standard of living for them and their families.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

The success of the program is measured by the numbers of clients who find work through our employment desk and who remain employed. Currently the statistics are as follows:

The employment desk is manned 13 hours per week. The desk serves, on average, 12 – 14 people per month and of those, a quarter will find a position within 2 months and just half will have found a job after 4 months. 75% will be working after 6 months. These results are exceptional, especially as most of our clients are hard to place, may not have worked in years or be new to the job market. The focus is on individual counseling and by the professional employment counselor who is also an experienced social worker. This personal care enables close monitoring, communication and encouragement and also supports the individual clients during the initial employment period. The majority of our clients have been food basket recipient families and individuals in debt. Finding a job means that the family is able to become self-sustaining and not have to rely on welfare.

Back to Top

Employment Desk

About

Yad Ezra
V'Shulamit's employment desk assists men and women seeking work. The clients have usually experienced
great difficulty in gaining
a foothold in the job market, invariably have dependents and are struggling to make
ends meet and feed their families. We help the unemployable to find
work. The organization’s approach to combating poverty is to intervene not
only on a material level but more
importantly, to provide the tools indigent families need to break out of the
cycle of poverty in which they are trapped, sometimes for generations.

Back to Top

What is the mission and purpose of this program?

The mission and
purpose of the employment desk is
to encourage poor families to
become self-supporting. The
beneficiaries become empowered with improved self-esteem, enhanced financial
situation and elevated independence. The families no longer need immediate
intervention and have hope and dignity restored to them.

Back to Top

Program Description

Our employment desk provides assistance in..
1) Counselling and guidance through the initial process with our trained social worker
2) Helping to compose a 'good' and professional CV/resume focusing on marketable skills, and adapted to meet the focus of prospective jobs.
3) Assisting in tailor-developing work plans that suit the family needs
4) Bringing together employers and employees. Providing resources for both.
5) Referring clients to training programs where appropriate

6) Mentoring, counselling and guiding clients after placement to maximize success

Back to Top

Demonstrated Need

Poverty is rampant in Israel and the cycle of poverty is increasingly hard to break free from. The statistics on poverty and food insecurity in Israel are grim. Hunger in Israel does not denote the literal absence of food as in third world countries, but is a result of gross malnutrition due to a poverty-caused diet restricted to high-carb bread and pasta that will not provide the adequate nutrients crucial to the development of the child.

The National Insurance Institute reported in 2016 that more than 1.7 million people or 22 percent of the population in Israel live below the poverty line and this number is increasing every year. OECD (an economic organization of 35 democratic countries) calculates Israel as having the second highest poverty rate among its member countries, ranking behind Mexico. UNICEF Israel reports that, “poverty rates among children in Israel are shocking.”

This program provides many families with the tools to break out of the cycle of poverty, to become financially secure and restores dignity and hope.

Back to Top

Program Accomplishments

The employment desk has been operational since 2009
on a part-time basis. Each year we increase our number of clients - and are now
serving 150 people annually. Our clients are now working in a variety of
fields from teaching, nursing, clerking and working in stores to starting their own businesses. There are many
stories of individual clients - but Leah's stands out.

Leah had an erratic job history. Middle-aged with no
higher learning she had tried to
work in eldercare but was exhausted, and as she a single-parent, her situation impacted her
three young children - who were physically and emotionally suffering
because their mother was so worn out and depressed. She accumulated many rejections
from potential employers and was losing hope.

Our counselor established a rapport with Leah, helped
revise her CV and coached her before interviews. Eventually Leah took a chance
and applied for an appealing job with a local non-profit organization. She
passed the trial period and was hired for a long-term position at a better
salary than she received in the past. She recently contacted the counselor to
express her gratitude. The family was now much happier and more secure and Leah
explained how, at Yad Ezra V'Shulamit's employment desk she felt someone was on her side,
could help her professionally and emotionally and was 'cheering her on.' This
made all the difference to her and the
family was
now self-sufficient.



Leah's story is far from unique
and most of our clients achieve
security and an increased standard of living for them and their families.

Back to Top

How do you measure the success of your program?

Although the employment desk is manned only 13 hours per week it serves, on average, 12 – 14 people per month. Of those, a quarter will find a position within 2 months and just half will have found a job after 4 months. 75% will be working after 6 months. These results are exceptional, especially as most of our clients are hard to place, may not have worked in years or be new to the job market. The focus is on individual counseling by the professional employment counselor who is also an experienced social worker. This personal care enables close monitoring, communication and encouragement and also supports the individual clients during the initial employment period. The majority of our clients have been food basket recipient families and individuals in debt. Finding a job means that the family is able to become self-sustaining and not have to rely on welfare.

Back to Top

No grants received yet

×

Are you ready to take your giving circle from idea to reality?

Our Jewish Giving Circle Incubator will help you bring your giving circle to life. Whether you're 23 or 73, interested in social justice or Jewish innovation, and ready to give $50 or $10,000, we want you to join the Incubator. Apply today!

Applications are open until July 31st.

Apply Now
×