Dear Amudim Family,
Society asks its children to be brave and resilient above and beyond what anyone should have to do. But in the face of pain and adversity, it is often only these traits that we can draw upon to find help and begin to heal. And when an individual is able to reach out for a hand, it is incumbent on the community to find a way to offer assistance.
Ezra*, a fifteen year-old boy who worked up the courage to call Amudim on his own, is a fighter. He had a difficult childhood and was the victim of sexual abuse over a number of years. His parents were aware and trying to be supportive, sending Ezra to several therapists; but he never felt like any of them was the right fit. Ezra was willing to go to any lengths to find support, but he was having issues with his insurance and had no money to pay out of pocket. Thankfully, he follows us on social media, and Ezra decided to reach out to see if there was any help available.
Because Ezra is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he qualifies for a subsidy from Project Heal, a sub division of Amudim which provides partial funding for trauma therapy. Our case manager spoke with Ezra about creating a plan to get him into treatment without carrying the financial burden on his own. She also reached out to community members, who began raising additional funds for therapy. Between generous donations from people who wanted to help Ezra and Project Heal, Ezra was able to start weekly sessions with a wonderful therapist located near his home. He has maintained consistent contact with our case manager, and notes that he is already seeing progress, and he knows that the coping skills he is learning will be a guide for his future and the key to permanently healing.
If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is here and ready to offer any necessary support.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.