WHAT WE DO
Since the mid-nineties, when the crisis began to affect social segments that had never undergone situations of poverty, Fundación Tzedaká has been providing responses to social needs of the impoverished Jewish community through programs that are directly managed (from alliances), and through loans granted to programs and subsidies managed by other institutions and considered related to the mission of the organization.
The course of action of the social programs of the Foundation have been modified, they have been adapted to the national and communitarian context as well as to the social emerging needs. Thus, starting from the essential assistance model to face emergency, they have currently become a promotional model which predicts the continuity of basic assistance (food) for families who still need assistance in order to complete the basic family shopping basket, but complemented with promotional programs taking care of the most vulnerable sectors.
In this sense, the work done with the youngest people involves cutting the circle of poverty which strongly determines those who come from poor families. It is intended to break family paradigms in the cases where the culture of work and effort have been replaced by discouragement and lack of enthusiasm, providing them material tools and caring support for the construction of a new model aimed at studying and training.
In the case of older adults, the goal is to guarantee a better quality of life through the care of health, food and socialization to avoid the double stigmatization implied by old age and poverty.
The Program for Integral Assistance to Families (PAI, for its Spanish acronym), developed through a network of 11 Supportive Social Assistance Centers (CASS, for its Spanish acronym), is in charge of carrying out the new programs, which is added to the Assistance Program for Holocaust Survivors and the Communitarian Bank of Medicines, emblematic programs of Fundación Tzedaká.
Fundación Tzedaká beneficiaries
P Those people who are effectively working (30% out of the beneficiaries) are wage-earners holding jobs without any health insurance coverage and with low skilled positions.
P Almost 80 % of the beneficiaries of the Foundation have required food tickets provided by the Foundation to be able to complete the monthly basic family shopping basket.
P More than 45 % of the beneficiaries do not own their house, and 24 % of total homes are in bad maintenance conditions.
P 29 % out of total beneficiaries suffer from health problems and require special assistance, and more than 41 % out of total beneficiaries depend on the public health insurance plan.
P As a result of the improvements in the country and the work carried out by the Foundation to accompany families towards their becoming self-supporting, there has been a significant decrease in the number of assisted families. However, the