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THE CHAMAH HUMANITARIAN CENTRE

 

The Chamah Humanitarian Center offers a broad scope of welfare, medical and social services to tens of thousands of people, many of whom are senior citizens who risked their lives during the Second World War. Their meagre monthly pensions are insufficient to provide them with their most basic necessities. As a result, they live below the poverty level and go from day to day uncertain of their survival.

Now, thanks to the dozens of programs that Chamah operates at the Center, these unfortunate people many of whom were once leading academics in the arts and sciences are given new hope and security.

Since their professional abilities are no longer needed, they suffer from a serious lack of purpose in life. The programs at the Center give these gifted and productive members of society a sense of dignity, achievement, and self-respect that they so richly deserve, as they pass on their knowledge to the younger generation.

These programs are made possible through the generosity of charitable organizations and individual benefactors throughout the world.


 

SOUP KITCHEN

 

One of the major projects of the Center is the Soup Kitchen, where each year over 500,000 hot nutritious well-balanced meals are provided for the elderly and needy, most of whom are low-income pensioners, disabled veterans and people disabled since childhood. Meals are served in a clean and beautifully designed dining hall. In addition hot meals are delivered tothe homes of the elderly. Several hundred seniors suffering from diabetesreceive special treatment with meals to cater to their restricted diet.

Meals on Wheels program is intended for 340 old people, who canТt come to the Centre to have hot dinner or go outside to buy products. Hot meal is delivered to them by 8 cars every day. Supermarket program is for 2578 people (monthly), who prefer to cook at homes Ц they get special set of products and make meal for themseves. More then 13000 people have got foodstuffs in 2008.


 

MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Medical services play a vital role in the life of a senior citizen. Several rooms at the Center are set aside to provide the necessary health care for these people. They can visit family doctors as well as specialists such as ophthalmologists, gastroenterologists, therapists, etc. Home visits are also available for those unable to come to the Center themselves. In addition, Chamah has arranged supplementary health services in cooperation with the local clinics for the convenience of the elderly. Moreover, medical equipment is provided for those in need of it. Caring for 605 bed-patients is an important part of regular prophylactic and medical attendance program.

There are 120 nurses, working in Home care program. They take every day care for old lonely people, who survive only due to this program. Although government subsidies are available for a variety of indispensable medical supplies, not all of them are covered. Those not included in the list of subsidized products must then be purchased at their full price. This proves a most difficult task for seniors whose monthly government stipends are barely enough to provide for their basic necessities. To ease this additional financial burden, through the Drugstore Program, hundreds of people receive medications free of charge, individually dispensed according to the doctor's prescription.


BEAUTY PARLOR

 

Chamah believes that the seniors who come to our Center should leave with a restored feeling of self-respect and renewal - emotionally, physically and spiritually. With this in mind, the Center also offers beautician services - hairdressing, manicures, etc. - to give the elderly proper grooming that will improve their appearance as well as their self-image.


 

GOLDEN AGE CLUB

 

Chamah operates a variety of social and cultural programs at the Humanitarian Center, which greatly enhance the life of the senior citizens. In addition to hot meals, Chamah provides activities such as arts and crafts, chess, trips to the theater and museums, etc. The Center also administers classes in Judaism, especially in the weeks prior to the Jewish holidays, which instill in the participants a feeling of great interest for their Jewish heritage. A library and coffeehouse are available on the premises. Among the many activities at the Center is our caring and humane work for the blind. Chamah volunteers make regular visits to the homes of the blind, provide them with reading material in Braille and deliver hot nutritious meals directly to their homes. Seniors with good writing skills are encouraged to write interesting articles that Chamah publishes and distributes in its regular periodicals. Such community involvement has tremendous influence in helping our elderly find greater meaning in their lives.

 

 
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