In addition to financial assistance, often the most important element in the full recovery of a victim of terrorism is the knowledge that there are people who care, who are ready to listen, and who understand that, while terrorism destroys humanity, human kindness can defeat terrorism.
As part of its mission to be the family member every victim of terrorism wishes they had, OneFamily is committed to providing on-going emotional support to the thousands of victims of terrorism who need human kindness in order to overcome their anguish and rebuild their shattered lives.
The victims have a chance to escape from their painful circumstances, to share a weekend with others who have gone through similar anguish, and to receive intensive therapy through the assistance of psychologists, rabbis, and specialty therapists who join the weekend’s activities.
OneFamily runs 3-day workshops throughout the country to provide victims of terrorism with the ability to deal with day-to-day management of their psychological and physical injuries, through intensive therapy over a short period of time.
In the immediate aftermath of an attack, many victims experience a feeling of loneliness — that they, alone in the world, must withstand the suffering they are going through. The knowledge that there are others, of similar ages and family standings, who have gone through similar circumstances, often allows victims to begin the long process of recuperation., both emotional and physical.
OneFamily is intimately aware of the special difficulties victims of terror have around holiday times. We hold special holiday gatherings and events for victims of terrorism to help them overcome these sad times, and turn them into the happy festivals they are meant to be.
This division caters to the unique needs of women who have been victimized by terrorism. Special programs are held bi-monthly for widows and bereaved mothers, as well as special programs for ultra-Orthodox women.
In The Field
OneFamily takes pride in maintaining intimate contact with victims from the moment they arrive to the hospital. Through repeated visits and phone calls we get to know each victim on a very personal level, and are thus able to assess and meet their specific needs.
Young Adults Division
The Young Adults Division, or Bogrim as it is known in Hebrew, was created to address the specific needs of bereaved siblings ages 20-30; those too old for OneFamily youth activities, but not quite at the place of adults. The division coordinators are in touch with 300 terror victims – some beginning college, some graduating, some working part-time, some beginning full-time careers, some marrying, and some still waiting to meet the right one.