About Yad Sarah
Yad Sarah, the largest voluntary organization in Israel,
provides a spectrum of free or nominal cost services designed to make life
easier for sick, disabled and elderly people and their families.
Today, more than four decades after it
was founded, Yad Sarah has more than 100 branches throughout Israel
run by more than 6,000 volunteers, and saves the Israeli
economy several hundred million dollars per year in hospitalization and medical
Yad Sarah's mission is to keep
the ill and the elderly in their homes and out of institutions as long as
possible. Home care in the natural environment of the family is most conducive
to healthy recuperation, both physically and emotionally. It also costs much
Yad Sarah's best-known service
is the lending of medical and rehabilitative equipment on a short-term basis
free of charge to anyone who needs it from a stock of thousands of items, from
crutches and wheelchairs to oxygen concentrators and electronic monitors.
In addition, Yad Sarah provides a
wide range of other services, including transportation and day care centers for people with disabilities, drop-in centers and minimum-charge dental clinics for elderly people, personal computerized emergency alarms monitored 24 hours a day, and
guidance & exhibition centers that help people with special needs choose the assistive
devices most suited to them.
The organization also provides equipment
and services for new mothers, infants, recently discharged hospital patients
and others in need, and a wide range of volunteer-run creative, recreational
and rehabilitative activities for homebound people.
Yad Sarah’s annual operating budget
is financed almost completely by donations, over 80 percent of which are raised
within Israel. No ongoing government assistance is received.
One out of two Israeli families has
been helped by Yad Sarah. Over 380,000 Israelis use its services yearly.
Yad Sarah pledges to treat all who turn to it in need with understanding and warmth, to respond to all with an open heart, and to continue on its path of humanity and chesed.