Orr Shalom Foster Homes
Daniel was born into a broken home; the son of an absent father and a mother who worked as a prostitute. Every night he was locked out of the house and forced to wander the streets, cold and hungry. At the age of eight, Daniel did not know how to do even the most basic tasks, such as read or write, use cutlery or even how to wash himself.
Daniel’s life was changed forever when he was rescued by Orr Shalom and given a new home in one of their JNF UK funded Family Group Homes in Be’er Sheva.
Located in residential neighbourhoods, each Family Home accommodates between 9 and 11 foster children. The children are cared for daily by their loving house parents, along with a team of professionals and dedicated volunteers.
The house parents are married couples who live in the home with their own biological children, whilst also taking on the role of parents and mentors for the children in their care. They are there for the children 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are devoted to empowering the children to recover from their past traumas, allowing them to better realise their full potential. Most importantly, they give these children a chance to experience a proper family life, in which they are given love, care, and devotion, often for the first time.
Within a few months of arriving at his new home, Daniel underwent a dramatic change. With the help of Orr Shalom staff and his teachers at school, Daniel soon learned to read and write. He was given the tools to help him understand and begin to overcome the impact of abuse. And he was shown love and affection. The boy who once couldn’t bear to be looked at, let alone hugged, is now a thriving child receiving the support he needs to flourish.
JNF UK is supporting Orr Shalom by providing funds to carry out much needed renovation to the Family Group Homes it runs in the Negev, of which there are seven.
We are proud to be part of this special project, and invite you to be part of it too.
Names have been changed to protect identities.