YEDID: The Association for Community Empowerment

Through a national network of Citizen Rights Centers, YEDID empowers low-income Israelis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to access their rights, break the cycle of poverty, and achieve self-sufficiency. YEDID ("friend" in Hebrew) was founded in 1997 with the mission to promote social and economic justice in Israel. To date, YEDID has given direct assistance to over 290,000 Israelis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. In addition, we have run hundreds of community empowerment programmes, and have lobbied successfully for public policy change on social issues such as housing, labour, healthcare, and social security. Our approach to creating social change operates on ...
Feb 6, 2017

Balancing the Inequalities

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

We Bring Health Care Services to You – Balancing the Inequalities

 

Mobile Center Goals

 

Providing health care services the peripheral areas of Israel has been a challenge throughout the years. YEDID has responded by taking health care services to Israel’s outlying peripheries via our Mobile Citizen Rights and Health Center.  

 

Our objectives are to help clients navigate the national health system; to provide preventative medical services; and to supply information about legal rights and social benefits in many different areas.   

 

Dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our service. They help people navigate the health care systems as well as realize their rights. We make sure that our volunteers have the most up-to-date skills and knowledge to assist the clients in the most effective way.

Mobile Center in Numbers

 

The Mobile Center provided 241 people with rights counseling. Most of the non-health related issues during this period were related to debt and repossessions (28%), housing (21%), problems in accessing benefits and rights from Social Security (28%), and issues concerning labor rights (6%). People served included immigrants and veteran Israelis, Holocaust survivors, Arabs and Jews. 61% were women.

 

Success Story

 

A 60-year old client twice widowed and mother of four adult children came to us for help with a huge debt problem of 92,000 shekels. She had lost her first husband in 1991 and her second in 1993. As a widow she received a pension for herself and her children. In 2009, she discovered that her pension and a one-time grant of 10,000 shekels were both subject to an offset for debts that she was told she owed but didn't know anything about. She made numerous attempts to try to find out details but was not successful.  YEDID investigated and discovered that the client had erroneously received her benefits twice for nine years and only in 2009 did Israeli Social Security discover this. Her debts had ballooned. YEDID immediately demanded the cancelation of anything that she owed.  Eight months later, we were informed that her debts to social security had all been cancelled.

HEALTH DAYS: YEDID's mobile clinic conducts "Mobile Health Days," which provide adults with preventative health care. YEDID couples with these services an opportunity to clients to learn about their rights and assistance in receiving benefits to which they are entitled. These health days are generally run in residential care facilities, including assisted living facilities, and "old age homes."   

 

 

We have held 22 health days for 1,330 adults aged 60 and above who have been given a health check. Particularly for the aged, access to these medical checks can be lifesaving.

Future Focus

 

We are continuing to seek ways to publicize the services we offer and to expand the scope of our services so that we can reach more people.

 

It's all thanks to YOU


Your assistance enables us to help people who would not otherwise have access to health care services. Our unique Mobile Health and Rights center allows those who need health care services to receive high quality, cost-effective advice and care. Without your valuable support, this would not be possible. On behalf of our staff, our volunteers, and, particularly, our clients, we thank you for allowing us to bridge the inequalities in access to health care between the residents of cities and those in more remote regions.

Nov 23, 2016

We Bring Health Care Services to You

We Bring Health Care Services to You

 

Mobile Center Goals

 

YEDID's Mobile Citizen Rights and Health Center travels to the heart of peripheral communities to provide health care services to those who might not otherwise be able to access them and who need them most. Our goal is to empower and strengthen residents in the areas of health and social rights. The Center's objectives are to help clients navigate the national health system; to provide preventative medical services; and to supply information about legal rights and social benefits in the area of health care and housing and National Insurance, among other rights.

 

YEDID's team of dedicated volunteers who assist the clients and help them navigate the health care systems is the  backbone of our service. We conduct regular meetings with our team to ensure that they are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills required for their valuable work.

Mobile Center in Numbers

 

CLIENT CASES:

From the beginning of July 2016 until the end of October 2016, the Mobile Center provided 135 clients with rights counseling. The most prevalent subjects for which people turned to the center for non-health related issues during this period were matters related to debt and repossessions (34%), public housing and mortgages (19%), problems in accessing benefits and rights from the National Insurance Institute (Social Security) (17%), issues concerning and issues concerning labor rights (9%). Clients served included immigrants and veteran Israelis, Holocaust survivors, Arabs and Jews. 62% of those who turned to us during this reporting period were women.

 

Success Story

 

A 65-year old single woman with no children, who lives alone and is the only daughter of Holocaust survivor parents recently came to the Center. She was subsisting on a monthly old age pension of 2,594 NIS. Before receiving this pension, she had been recognized by the National Insurance Institute as being 67% disabled. The old age pension is not enough to allow her to live in dignity. She is known at the Welfare Department and at organizations that distribute food baskets. She turned to them to assist her in financing badly needed dental care but they rejected her requests for help. Her condition was very bad – she had no lower teeth, was not able to eat, and had been very thin. Her condition affected her physical, emotional, and psychological well- being.

 

The director of our citizen rights center started trying to find organizations that could provide her with free help for her dental needs. After turning to a number of organizations, she was able to locate one which agreed to provide the assistance and the client has already started her treatment.

 

HEALTH DAYS: Another focus of the mobile clinic is the "Mobile Health Days," which provide adults with preventative health care. These days are generally run in residential care facilities, including assisted living facilities, and "old age homes."  Health days have strong positive benefits for the  participants; many clients who turn to the mobile center for preventative health care will also receive assistance on accessing their rights and benefits and vice versa.

On health days, we provide such tests as checks for height and weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and tests for diabetes. Clients receive information on their health profile and health advice and counseling, based on need. During the last three months there have been 11 health days and 406 adults aged 60 and above who have been given a health check. Particularly for the aged, access to these medical checks can be lifesaving.

Future Focus

 

The director of the mobile center is continuing to seek new avenues for cooperative arrangements and to reach out to new centers in order to offer the mobile health days to the maximum number of residents and to publicize our services more broadly so that those who need our help know where to turn to.

It's all thanks to YOU


The Mobile Health and Rights center is unique “vehicle” which allows us to reach clients, particularly in remote and underserved areas, who would otherwise go without assistance. Instead, they are privileged to receive high quality, cost-effective advice and care. You, the donors, are the ones who make this to happen.

YEDID is indebted to donors like you without whose generous support we would not be able to continue our important job. On behalf of YEDID's staff, volunteers, and clients, we thank you for helping us give the immediate and vital assistance that the center provides to individuals in peripheral towns across Israel!

Jun 21, 2016

Mobile Center Services

Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure

We Bring Health Care Services to You

 

Mobile Center Goals

The goal of YEDID's Mobile Citizen Rights and Health Center is to empower and strengthen residents living in Israel's socioeconomic and geographic peripheries in the areas of health and social rights. The center provides health care services to those who need them most. The Center's objectives are to help clients navigate the national health system; to provide preventative medical services; and to supply information about legal rights and social benefits in the area of health care and housing and National Insurance, among other rights. The Center travels to the heart of peripheral communities and helps improve health care services while improving health in underserved areas.

 

The center's activities rely on the team of dedicated volunteers who assist the clients and help them navigate the health care systems. We conduct regular meetings with the team of volunteers to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for their volunteer work. 

Mobile Center in Numbers

 

CLIENT CASES:

From the beginning of April 2016 until the middle of June 2016, the Mobile Center provided 127 clients with rights counseling. The most prevalent subjects for which people turned to the center for non-health related issues during this period were matters related to public housing and mortgages (39%), problems in accessing benefits and rights from the National Insurance Institute (Social Security) (21%), debt and repossessions (18%), issues concerning and issues concerning labor rights (8%). Clients served included immigrants and veteran Israelis, Holocaust survivors, Arabs and Jews. 72% of those who turned to us during this reporting period were women.

 

Success Story

A 73 year old widow visited our center stationed in Sakhnin. She receives an old age pension of 1,300 Shekels a month and found it impossible to exist on such a minimal sum. She wanted to know her rights and whether she was entitled to receive any other money from the National Insurance Institute. YEDID assisted her in gathering all the necessary documents and filing applications to receive a Survivor's Grant and an Income Supplement Grant. YEDID requested that the client receive benefits retroactively.

As a result of YEDID's efforts, the client was approved for a benefit of approximately 3,000 NIS per month and received a retroactive payment of approximately 21,000 NIS.

 

 

HEALTH DAYS: Another focus of the mobile clinic is the "Mobile Health Days," which provide adults with preventative health care. These days are generally run in residential care facilities, including assisted living facilities, and "old age homes."  These days have strong positive benefits for the  participants; many clients who turn to the mobile center for preventative health care will also receive assistance on accessing their rights and benefits and vice versa. On health days, we provide such tests as checks for height and weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and tests for diabetes. Clients receive information on their health profile and health advice and counseling, based on need. During the last three months there have been 6 health days and 340 adults aged 60 and over have been given a health check. Particularly for the aged, access to these medical checks can be lifesaving.

Future Focus

 

The director of the mobile center is working hard to reach out to new centers in order to offer the mobile health days to the maximum number of residents, and build cooperative working relationships with these mainly private older adult centers and hostels so the maximum number of people will hear about and benefit from our work.

It's all thanks to YOU


The Mobile Health and Rights center is unique and presents a promising “vehicle” through which high quality, cost-effective advice and care can be delivered to clients, especial­ly in underserved areas

Without the generous support of donors like you we would not be able to continue this important job, so on behalf of YEDID's staff, volunteers, and clients, thank you for helping us give the immediate and vital assistance that the center provides to individuals in peripheral towns across the country!

 
   

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