Christians Care International (CCI) opened a new senior care services programme in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine.
The programme will give critical care and support to over 150 senior citizens, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. This will include daily meals, exercise therapy, health screenings, psychological services, social and intellectual stimulation, medical assistance and the opportunity to observe Jewish holidays.
CCI is a Christian charity that provides direct support services to impoverished Jews of the former Soviet Union. Working alongside Jewish communities in Ukraine, CCI’s social workers identify extremely poor, isolated and lonely Jews who desperately need care to survive.
Don Horwitz, CCI’s Executive Director, said: ‘Many Holocaust survivor and other elderly Jews in Ukraine face continued antisemitism and live trapped in poverty, with virtually no support’. Mr Horwitz commented that the new senior centre would help those elderly Jews ‘lead healthier, happier and more secure lives’.
Since 1991, CCI has helped more than 87,000 Jews aliyah (immigrate) to Israel. The organisation also cares for more than 1,700 Jewish orphans and children who have been neglected or abused, and helps more than 500 Jewish teenagers to attend high school in Israel.
Aliyah means to ‘rise up’ to Israel. CCI believes that, in addition to helping Jews to immigrate, it is also important to ‘raise up’ individuals to lead healthy and productive lives. Galya Heylik, CCI social worker in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine said, ‘Without the intervention of CCI, many elderly Jews in Ukraine simply could not survive. CCI’s new senior centre provides life-saving support that lifts individuals up and brings smiles to their faces’.