Dear Amudim Family,
As the summer comes to a close and most are returning to the routine structure of their lives, those with trauma and mental illness often feel that much more isolated and alone. Finding someone who cares and can help establish a support system can be crucial to ensuring that these individuals have a shot at a happier future.
Shmuel* reached out to Amudim when he realized that he couldn’t continue living with the pain with which he had struggled for many years. He was engaging in various behaviors that were causing self-shame, but also allowing him to feel like he could survive in this world. Shmuel spoke with our case manager about the various traumas he had experienced. He talked about having grown up with a mother who was ill and how he had to step up to raise not only himself but his siblings as well. After leaving for yeshiva, Shmuel was molested by an older student; since that event, he’s felt broken, vocalizing that it felt like his whole self had been fractured. These challenges acted as a barrier to Shmuel’s ability to form meaningful relationships, and he felt completely alone.
Our case manager provided some much needed empathy and support, for which Shmuel was deeply grateful. Because of the shame he felt, he had never imagined he would be able to share his experiences with someone else; after his call to Amudim, he began to feel seen and hopeful that perhaps there was a way to begin healing from all he had been through.
Together with Shmuel, his case manager created an individualized plan that would enable him to start integrating new tools into his life. Shmuel started seeing a therapist and joined a group with others who have been through similar experiences. The therapy has created a safe place to process experiences that felt too large to face on his own; and he has found tremendous comfort in sitting with others who can relate to some of the things he has been through. Shmuel is just at the start of his healing journey, but with his newfound strength and courage is beginning to live a more present and wholesome life.
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.
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WEEK ENDING: August 20, 2021
266 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week
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.
Effectively immediately: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Israeli Consulates around the world will no longer process any visas for students of Yeshivos and Seminaries, regardless of age or marital status. Anyone who requires a visa must contact their school for further assistance.
University students are still permitted to apply for their student visas through the consulate. Anyone who requires assistance, Amudim is here to help. Visit www.amudim.org/visa for more information.
We would like to thank the leadership of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the dedicated staff of the consulates around the world, with a special appreciation to the consular staff at the Israeli consulate in New York, for working so hard to ensure that Yeshiva Students, Seminary Students, and Kollel couples were able to obtain their visas, so they can continue to learn in Eretz Yisroel.
We will continue to keep you posted, as changes continue to be implemented. Please visit amudim.org/visa for further updates.