If we search, we can often find help in the most random of places. Amudim’s mission to spread awareness and let people know that we are here is only as good as a person’s ability to reach us. And when a client reaches out after having seen one of our PSA videos, or an Instagram or whatsapp post, or even based on the advice of a friend, we take solace in knowing that our outreach efforts have not been in vain.
Danny*, a 39 year-old facing a myriad of struggles, found us when he went searching on google for a Jewish organization that might be able to offer support. Danny suffers from extreme anxiety and depression; he is the sole caregiver of his mother, who has dementia, and has a disabled brother who lives in a group home; his father has not been in the picture for a long time. Danny feels conflicted about wanting to be there for his mother while also being able to move forward with his life. He feels guilty about the notion that his mother may one day have to move into a care facility, and that his brother is growing up alone and away from his family.
When Danny called us, our case manager’s first priority was to validate Danny’s emotions, and reassure him that there are resources to ensure that his family is taken care of so that he can give himself permission to focus on his own needs. Danny also expressed feeling lost because he was brought up in a traditional Jewish household and wants to become more involved with Judaism, but has no idea where to turn.
Our case manager recommended therapy for Danny, seeing that he needs a safe place to process his feelings and get his own life in order. She worked with him to find an appropriate professional who accepts his insurance, and Danny has been seeing his therapist on a regular basis. We were also able to connect him with a Rabbi in Chabad who has been guiding Danny on the path of spiritual growth he is yearning to pursue.
Life and its challenges are not always easy, not by a long shot; but with the right support and knowing you’re not alone, there is always a way through to overcome the hard parts and find a hopeful outlook for the future. If you or someone you know needs help, please call us. Any time. We are here.