From Trauma to Trauma

May 21, 2021

Dear Amudim Family,

Lately, very often when people call me, I answer by asking “Is this an emergency?”, but over the last year, I have almost been exclusively receiving emergency calls ranging from abuse to COVID to overdoses, Israel burial arrangements, grief counseling and everything in between. When an emergency shows up on your doorstep, it does not make an appointment and arrives without warning, even more so when crisis impacts an entire community, or globally as we have seen over the last year with COVID.

The past few weeks have been exceptionally painful for us all, with tragedies striking one after another. Like everyone else, the impact of these difficulties has had its effect on me personally; and I needed to begin processing it. Not just this week’s trauma, but the last week, month and this past year.

Following a recent session with my therapist, we discussed how to manage things and how to approach the next steps of looking at the positive versus focusing on the obvious negative. One thought that occurred to me was about what would all these crises would look like without Amudim? I realized how grateful I am that the community has such a resource during these unique times. I think to myself had it been 5 years ago, would we have been able to help? Would we have had the capacity to serve our community in the way we are doing today? Timing is everything, and finding the positive within this situation was very therapeutic, and has strengthened me to keep pushing on and do more.

Pulling the data on Amudim’s core work from January 2021 until today and comparing it to our numbers over the same time period last year was very telling. Our current active cases have increased by close to 99%. This is a clear indicator that our community is comfortable asking for the help that it needs. This statistic made me realize that we have been able to help more people than ever before. A timely reminder of why Amudim is such an essential part of our world, and how important it is that we are always ready and on call to help those in need whenever they need it.

As I head into this Shabbos after another long week, I am comforted by knowing that when the phone rings and the caller says that this is an emergency, we are able to help because with Amudim, you are never alone.

If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us anytime.

WEEK ENDING: May 21, 2021
151 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.


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