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Family ID: 2806

Family M.
from Holon, Israel

Single mom
3 children

H is a single mother, living in a one room shed in which she is a squatter. This past winter, her roof collapsed and the room was flooded with rain. H has 3 young children with various health issues, which prevents her from going out to work. H is a quiet individual who is very dedicated to her children – the center of her universe. She doesn't have a supportive family or husband and lives off 3,500 shekel of welfare payments each month.
Children's ages: 6, 7, 7

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$130  left to go

Family ID: 2811

Family G.
from Holon, Israel

Divorced
3 children

H. divorced, lives with her 3 children in a small and crowded 2-room rented apartment. H worked over the years until she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is currently receiving difficult treatment. H expresses concern for her children and does everything she can for them. The family live off her disability allowance, children benefit and a small sum for housing benefit. The father does not support the children but he does meet them mainly on weekends and holidays. While H is struggling for her life, let's remove from her the daily struggle of bread and milk for her children.
Children's ages: 6, 11, 13

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$180  left to go

Family ID: 2815

Family G.
from Beit Shemesh, Israel

Married
8 children

Since their marriage, Family G., a large family, have been living in rented apartments with no permanent residence. The family’s budget is very tight and insufficient. The couple have no financial or emotional support from their parents. The father has psychiatric problems and suffers from psychological anxiety which interferes with his day-to-day functioning and is therefore not capable of sticking to a job for a long period of time. The mother is busy with the functioning of her house and little children alone and is collapsing under the burden. Recently, one of their children was badly injured in a road accident and the family, which was already dealing with terrible distress, are going through an extremely difficult period.
Children's ages: 2, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17

Referral source: Beit Shemesh Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$190  left to go

Family ID: 2817

Family G.
from Holon, Israel

Married
11 children

All the children of Family G. were diagnosed with ADHD and some of them also with serious behavioural problems. The children take medication. The father suffers from various health problem and presently can not work. He receives a stipend for his disability. The mother is very devoted and cares for her children as much as possible but due to the difficult financial situation the family are missing basic necessities. The childrens’ situation is deteriorating since their terrible conditions do not allow them to develop properly.
Children's ages: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$200  left to go

Family ID: 2819

Family C.
from Beit Shemesh, Israel

Divorced
5 children under 20 years old

A is separated and lives with her 6 children. Her husband went back to his country of origin with no intentions of returning and has cut off all contact with his family. A. was left alone to bring up and take care of her children. Additionally A. suffers from various health problems and is therefore unable to work. She lives off a meager disability stipend which can no way cover the expenses of running a house and supporting 6 young children. Not only are the children growing up as orphans without a father, they are also living in a very severe financial situation to an extent of real hunger.
Children's ages: 5, 8, 11, 18, 19

Referral source: Beit Shemesh Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$175  left to go

Family ID: 2823

Family O.
from Holon, Israel

Divorced
5 children under 20 years old

8 children in a small crowded apartment living like orphans. The mother is a saleslady and earns minimum wage. The father, who has mental problems, does not pay for the children’s expenses and is not in contact with the family at all. The family lives off the mother’s salary and a small amount they receive for housing benefit. She does not receive benefits as the money is taken to pay off a loan they have to the Social security. The children are managing well in their school but since their mother can’t pay, the children do not participate in school outings. Additionally she has no possibility to pay for courses and activities that the children would like to participate. The family lives very poorly and a monthly stipend would give them a happy feeling of normality.
Children's ages: 15, 15, 17, 18, 19

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$200  left to go

Family ID: 2833

Family S.
from Holon, Israel

Divorced
4 children

A, divorced, lives in a rented 3.5 room apartment with her 4 daughters. She suffers from health and mental problems and terrible financial situation. A. worked until a year ago, when there was a deterioration in her medical situation and she could not continue working. In her last pregnancy she suffered from depression and is under medication. Her daughters suffer too from behavioural and emotional problems and are been taken care of by a psychologist. A. is overloaded with the great responsibility she has and is always worrying how to support her family. She is doing everything she can in order to get back to herself and to lead a normal life.
Children's ages: 2, 5, 10, 14

Referral source: Holon Social Services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$200  left to go

Family ID: 2843

Family A.
from Holon, Israel

Divorced
3 children

M. is a single-parented mother who lives with her 3 children in a small and poor rented apartment. The apartment is neglected, the cupboards are broken and falling apart, there are windows missing and the walls are moldy. M. earns minimum wage, receives alimony from the children’s father and a small sum for housing benefit. M. does her best to provide her children everything she can but she has difficulty functioning and managing the household. At school the children have learning and social problems and at home they are lacking significant stimuli which is important for a normal development. Their financial situation is terrible and the mother has no possibility to meet her children’s requirements. M. has no teeth and it is noticeable that the care for her children is on account of her health.
Children's ages: 11, 16, 19

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$190  left to go

Family ID: 2844

Family C.
from Bet Shemesh, Israel

Married
3 children

Family C. numbers a couple and 3 children. About a year ago a cancerous growth was discovered in A’s leg. A. had an operation and started chemotherapy treatments. The treatments cause terrible side effects, weakness and pain. A. can hardly walk and is afraid to stay at home on his own. His wife had to leave her job in order to devote herself to A. and the children. The couple have limited support from their families. Apart from the current expenses, they have exceptional expenses such as babysitters, travel expenses and medication and although it was extremely difficult for them to request help, they had no choice.
Children's ages: 1, 3, 5

Referral source: Bet Shemesh Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$180  left to go

Family ID: 2845

Family C.
from Holon, Israel

Married
3 children under 20 years old

Family C. live together with their 5 children in a small crowded apartment. The father has not worked for many years due to a rare chronic illness that damages his immune system. Additionally he suffers from painful joint infections, wounds in his legs and tears in the tendons The suffering he is going through causes him depression and difficulty sleeping at night, but despite everything he is an extremely devoted father to his children and showers them with lots of warmth and love. The mother works part-time and invests a lot in her children and their education. Due to her husband’s health and mental condition the children suffer from a severe lack of nutrition.
Children's ages: 8, 11, 19

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$200  left to go

Family ID: 2852

Family H.
from Holon, Israel

Divorced
7 children under 20 years old

N. is a mother to 8 children who escaped by the skin of her teeth from a difficult violent married life. N. has a young child who is disabled and very ill. N. lives in a rented apartment and tries to provide her children with warmth and happiness which was so much lacking in the family’s difficult years. At the home visit we were shocked to see the fridge empty, the poverty and the lack of toys for the children. It was heartbreaking to see the childrens’ situation that in addition to the difficulties they underwent, which left many scars in their hearts, they are constantly dealing with the difficulty of such an ill sister and a terrible lack. There is no doubt that helping this family with food vouchers will allow all of us to sleep better - knowing that these dear children are no longer hungry.
Children's ages: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 19

Referral source: Holon Social Services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$175  left to go

Family ID: 2866

Family l.
from Holon, Israel

Married
4 children

C. was diagnosed with HIBM (muscular dystrophy). She suffers from a sloppy leg, general weakness of the muscles and lack of balance. As a result of her difficult situation she fell into depression. Despite her illness she managed to find a job by a company that employs people with disabilities. C. n has 4 children. Her husband is on the verge of going bankrupt due to an attempt of opening a business independently and fell into heavy debts. The family lives off the mother's wage and the allowance they receive due to her disability.
Children's ages: 7, 9, 11, 13

Referral source: Holon Social services

Monthly support goal:  $200 in food stamps

$200  left to go

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