Too Costly Emergencies

For the Poor, Emergencies Can Mean Total Devastation

What happens when an electric bill comes, and there is no money to pay it?

Most families living below the poverty line have no savings and often no family support to fall back on in times of crisis.

Nearly every day people walk into our office and tell us that their electricity or gas have been cut off because of unpaid bills. As you read this there are families in Jerusalem who have no heat or electricity.

For a family who is just barely putting food on the table, an unexpected emergency can mean total crisis. Repair of a broken water pipe may leave the family with no money for food or medicine, exacerbating an existing health condition. Such emergencies can have a domino effect, resulting in eviction from the home, food deprivation, or deterioration of a medical problem. The affects are exponentially devastating, as money set aside for regular expenses is applied towards the emergency, and the family spirals almost instantly into debt that they have now way of paying back. When creditors come knocking they will be left with nothing but utter devastation.

For the poor, consequences of emergencies may last for years. If only there had been enough money to cover the emergency, the family would never have had to slip into poverty.

Yad Eliezer is there to make sure that emergencies do not have to spell disaster.


Yad Eliezer's Solution

Jewish Charity Fund

Emergency Assistance for Thousands of Families Each Year

The Yad Eliezer Emergency Fund assists families struck with a one-time crisis they cannot afford. The Emergency Fund aims to save a family from collapse as a result of an unexpected situation, by providing the funds to cover the emergency. The nature of each situation varies widely, but the common factor is that they all must be addressed immediately. A relatively small, but well-placed sum can serve to stave off a downward spin and prevent the onset of a debilitating financial situation.

Limited funding has made maintaining an in-house electrician and handyman for this program untenable, forcing Yad Eliezer to rely on expensive outsourcing to provide emergency aid. Dozens of calls to the Yad Eliezer offices every day bear witness to the hundreds of families who would benefit from this service but are faced with the Emergency Fund’s limited budget.

Avert crisis for a family in Israel – donate to the Yad Eliezer Emergency Fund today!

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