Keren Hayesod-UIA (KH-UIA) provides affordable sheltered housing for seniors in need across Israel through ‘Amigour’ – one of the four KH-UIA National Priority Projects.
Amigour sheltered housing provides seniors with a quality of life that enhances their sense of dignity and personal worth. Most of the current 7500 Amigour residents are Holocaust survivors and elderly olim from the former Soviet Union, who live across 57 well-maintained facilities comprising 7000 units for singles or couples.
Unlike public housing in Australia, Amigour housing has dedicated on-site staff including social workers, diversional therapists and caregivers.
To encourage social interaction, residents enjoy a wide range of activities including craft, exercise and singing, plus learning computer skills, and about health and nutrition. For intellectual and cultural stimulation, residents are taken to museums, places of historic interest, movies, performances and chagim celebrations.
KH-UIA donors can take comfort in knowing that Amigour residents go to bed at night and wake up in the morning feeling secure, with a roof over their head in their twilight years.
Despite the immense support provided by KH-UIA donors, the need for housing is ongoing.
There is a waitlist of thousands for Amigour from approximately 90,000 low-income seniors living under the poverty line in Israel. Sadly, they are forced to live on low government support while faced with a critical shortage of low-rent public housing.
A gift in a will is a powerful way for KH-UIA donors to support the future of Israel’s vulnerable seniors. An example of how a gift in a will can have an immeasurable impact is the generous gift received from the late Hanilore (Hanni) Tittman in 2021, which is being used to help fund a new Amigour development comprising 471 units in Ashkelon, the largest facility for the elderly in Israel at a cost of A$94 million.