“My name is Yakir and I am 23 years old now. Almost 12 years ago my older brother, Moshe, was killed in the Gaza Strip when a terror tunnel collapsed and killed him.
My brother was kind, modest, generous and the best brother I could have ever asked for.
One Family, for me, was my rescue, my safe place that I could always go to. Kids from all over the country, with stories like mine, would share nothing but happiness and joy, going through hard times together but making each other happy nonetheless.
If I could have spent another moment with Moshe, I would have taken him to go see the newest Marvel movie like we use to do, and right after, we would run back home for a good game on PlayStation.”
How One Family helps
One Family welcomes victims and their families into our larger family – providing each family the external support needed to prevent further deterioration of the home during the months and years following the attack.
One Family case workers are the critical lynch-pin in all of One Family’s activities, working round the clock to provide individual emotional support, a listening ear, boundless sympathy and empathy with the victims and their circumstances. Each victim is a member of our family – and the staff subsequently treats each family member as a member of their own personal family.
Regular home visits and phone calls are just the beginning. One Family case workers spend hours in hospitals with relatives and wounded victims, and remain in close contact with the families once they return home.
One Family case workers attend every memorial service, and share the joy of family celebrations. At the families’ request, our case workers have been on hand for births, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and weddings of these families, as they rebuild their lives.
One Family case workers draw on their vast experience and personal contacts to provide assistance beyond the families’ own expectations.
We have enabled terror victims to find jobs and supplemental medical treatment – including life-saving organ transplants – both in Israel and abroad. We have solved housing problems and intervened with schools to ensure that children obtain the educational support they need to succeed.
Our name is our mission. We are One Family.
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