When the coronavirus first emerged in Israel, nonprofit home repair organization Tenufa Bakehila created an emergency repair-mobile to assist the elderly and Holocaust survivors with free emergency home repairs.
Tenufa Bakehila’s repair staff have fixed faulty electrical systems that left people without light or heat, repaired plumbing, and installed safety rails in showers and bathtubs.
But the strain of lockdowns and social distancing due to the coronavirus has made everything harder, coupled with the usual financial issues that plague many of their clients, said Gabi Nachmani, founder and director of Tenufa Bakehila.
Over the course of the last ten months, the organization performed free repairs in more than 350 homes, receiving referrals exclusively through its emergency hotline and from various municipalities’ social services.
When a person comes under the Tenufa Bakehila safety net, the organization’s social workers also work with them to solve other specific issues that may arise.
Now the organization is raising NIS 200,000 ($62,000) to operate a second emergency repair-mobile to be used in Israel’s south.
Tenufa Bakehila continues to work on larger repairs for clients in need, renovating dilapidated and often uninhabitable bathrooms and kitchens.
In the last 27 years, Tenufa Bakehila’s professional work teams have reached over 5,500 families in 16 cities across Israel.