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March 14, 2003 Southeastern Virginia Jewish News 5 . . Providing a Helping Hand During J" --Kesoona00na to the Crisis: Israel's T/me of Greatest Need A Report to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater i Mobile Ciinic  Friend to the Fami Intervention in J Managers.of Youth 5erv,ces programs provide a Omprehensive response that lps ensure Israel s youngest ens are able to cope with [ 'survive the security crisis. ! following are detailed] lpdates of each program. :1 ! A Helping Hand in a Time of Need The generous funding pro- Vided by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has i enabled JDC to support a iVide range of crisis-related activities, providing a com- Prehensive response to the growing pressures faced by children and youth at risk as a result of the ongoing and Worsening security crisis in Israel. JDC is grateful to the Unit- ed Federation of Tidewater for its assistance to fellow Jews in Israel, who are suffer- ing through this terrible cri- sis. Stress Relief Van - A Mobile Clinic for Youth at Risk Victor, 16, moved with his par- ents to Akko in 1998, from the Caucasus Mountain region of the former Soviet Union. He and his friends often hang out in the streets, drinking, and getting into fights. He frequently stays out all night. Drugs are readily available, and are tempting... A new Mobile Chhic for Youth at Risk will shortly serve home- less and runaway youth in Kiryat Yam and Akko. ,,,., Currently, purchase is under- way for a stress relief van that will service youth at risk by function- ing as a mobile clinic. The van will be equipped and staffed to provide homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth in Kiryat Yam and Akko, with immediate and short-term essential services while on the streets, including the supply of food, personal hygiene services, consultations and med- ical aid as well as crisis counsel- ing, and fast aid to youth suffer- ing from trauma. Many of the youth of Akko and Kiryat Yam are considered at- risk. In both of these communi- ties, there are high rates of youth alcohol and drug abuse, thievery and violence. In addition, many of these youth are immigrants or children of immigrants. The Mobile Clinic will help locate these youngsters on the streets, and provide them with the critical assistance they need to overcome distress that in recent years, has been magnified by the security crisis. The Federation's contribution is enabling the purchase and oper- ation of a Mobile Clinic for Youth-at-Risk that will serve the youth of Kiryat Yam and Akko. Training services are in place to equip the staff and vohinteersi with the tools necessary to pro- vide crisis and trauma support. A Friend to the Family The "Friend to the Family" program will provide crisis sup- port and volunteer assistance to families of children with special needs. A Friend to the Family Julia is a single mother who lives on the second floor of an apartment building with no ele- vator. Her wheel-chair bound daughter is simply too heavy for her to lift and carry down the flight of stairs in the morning. As a result, she has not been sending her daughter to school. The newly established "Friend to the Family" program has arranged for a volunteer to stop by in the morning and to carry her child down, so Julia's daughter can join her classmates once again. Families with special needs children are under dispropor- tion0te pressure in the best of times. This pressure increases significantly during times of national crisis and deepening economic difficulties. Without immediate intervention, many children with special needs could become victims of neglect and abuse. This situation can be prevented. JDC is supporting the launch of a brand new program that is anticipated to make a country- wide impact in a short period of time. The program is based on a simple concept: recruiting and training volunteers who will provide needed services - from a helping hand to a friendly ear- to families of children with spe- cial needs. The program will operate in parmership between local municipalities, welfare offices, volunteer organizations and other bodies. The volun- teers will undergo training to enable them to provide crisis- related counseling, and assis- tance such as information regarding the acquisition of spe- cial gas masks. The Federation's contribution is supporting the "Friend to the Family" program, which pro- vides crisis support and volun- teer assistance to families of children with special needs in five cities in Israel. Tovah, 10, was moved to a Residential Facility to dis- tance her from her abusive father. Despite the distance, she still has nightmares that have only gotten worse since a friend of hers was killed in a Crisis Intervention in Residential Facilities Schools need to be provid ed with the tools to better enable teachers to address the topic of terror, ,JDC is supporting the development of a crisis and trauma training and imple- [recent terror attack. Even in mentation program for staff of :is protective, warm and car- Residential Facilities through, iing out israel, This program increasingly :tened i iludes intensive ning for[ i staff of the Residenti Vacili i  m areu of crisis a I [ty are struggling to provide trauma counseling as well as I Tovah with e-vital support providing a variety of infor,[ she needs, real therapeutic  activities ! Hundreds of children in Israel require out-of-home placement to remove them from a domestic environment that has been deemed harmful. For these children, life is diffi- such as adventure therapy and[ nature to youth in these facili, ties. The Federation's contribu- tion provides crisis and trauma ning for  and special cult anyway, staff of enrichment activities for thesefacilitiesmcre :youngsters, :to he them and specialized trming to i  the addi hard, better enable them to help ships they face as a: sult 1 these youth cope with the the crisis.  [ increasingly eultmality : t [ IsraeL = ::,. i : "/ ] I Galit, a tenth grade home- I ro, om teacher at a Jerusalem lltg h . s c hO/o mr tgul yrly n lst ledr: questmns sed to in her class who are expo news broadcasts and footage of terror attacks on an almost daily basis. Aside from her Personal understanding of the reality, Galit realizes that she School Education Program and process what is going on task, through the creation of a developed around them. Many professionals state that the "Best way to fight ter- rorism is to know it." For this to happen, schools need to be provided with the tools to bet- ter enable teachers to address the topic of terror. Thanks to the support of Tidewater, JDC and her students lack the pro- is helping the Israeli educa- Ssional tools to comprehend tional sys!em carry . out this multi-media kit that will enable high school teachers to knowledgeably, responsibly and sensitively provide their classes with relevant informa- tion that will help students bet- ter understand, and cope with, terror. In cooperation with the this multi-media educational package for high schools, and the Psychological Counseling Services Division of the Ministry of Education, it is anticipated that this impor- tant teaching tool will be final- ized and distributed to high school teachers throughout Israel by the winter of 2003. to adapt to the changed reality in Israel. The Federation's contribu- tion supports the multimedia package for schools. This gift will assist in the development, marketing and implementation training of this important tool. 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