Over 450,000 Israeli families are listed below poverty levels. Tens of thousands of additional families struggle to meet daily needs and they too receive various forms of assistance on a weekly, monthly, periodic/Holiday basis.
Unfortunately, some people know how to take advantage of the chaity system and live their lives by applying to as many organizations as possible and taking what they can from the system. Others are too shy or embarrassed to ask, and barely receive any help, if at all.
Phase II of this program will be for all local charities to provide their funding criteria based on geographic locations, types of assistance and other key criteria for them to help needy families.
Applicants will be able to enter their information into this national registry and automated requests will be sent to each of the matching charities whose criteria match the requests and needs of this applicant.
In the course of helping close to 10,000 families monthly, GJARN comes across real and particular needs of individual families. Some need help with family budgeting, others with repair work, others to help their children with home work, others to take care of an elderly person, etc. The needs vary greatly from family to family. Some require professional assistance, whether legal, economical, social welfare, counseling, while others require simple mundane help such as babysitting, help with shopping, transportation, repair work, etc.