As a grassroots organization, the SDC listens to the community and its needs. A pressing need we found was that Haifa's Arab seniors are not receiving adequate monthly income from Social Security to meet their needs and expenses; and they are no longer receiving basic supplies for them to enjoy an adequate living standard. The SDC staff members along with students from the the Fellowship of Christian Students in Haifa distributed ninety blankets and heaters to seniors in Haifa. The SDC distributed to people they have been working with for years and who are in financial struggle. The SDC also reached out to religious institutions and charitable organizations who in turn gave names and addresses of people in need.
Most of the recipients were female senior citizens, who live alone and solely off social security. Poor families and single women who live off minimum wage also received heaters and blankets. They all appreciated the gifts and thoughtfulness. We hope to continue meeting the community's needs and be a listening ear to those who have no one to turn to.