Millions of Israel’s men, women and children live in range of Hamas rockets. Hamas has launched more than 3,500 rockets at Israeli population centers in the last three weeks making life in parts of the country unbearable.
The JDC has opened Day Centers for the elderly in Merchavim, Sdot Negev, and Beer Tuvia and are already delivering meals to the homebound and other seniors who rely on the Centers for hot meals.
A JDC program for families in low-income neighborhoods is creating alternative recreational activities for children in range of the rocket fire, with an emphasis on activities for children who may have to endure extended stays in bomb shelters.
JDC’s Center for Young Adults in Sderot is welcoming children and families to utilize the “safe space” available at the facility, and young adult volunteers are developing activities to occupy the city’s children, who cannot participate in the usual summer activities.
The ITC is helping men, women and children with acute anxiety, particularly those children exhibiting signs of uncontrolled shaking and stomach pains.
A hotline has been established for parents and children going through acute anxiety and stress in communities under fire.
Teams on the ground are providing one-on-one support to residents throughout Southern Israel during the conflict and are preparing for interventions with residents when attacks subside.
Updated information is available at the ITC and JDC websites.