The strength of a society is always measured by its relationship to those in need of assistance. As Ra’anana is considered a strong city, it is hard to remain indifferent to the growing gap between the strong population of the city and those who need help. Therefore, we will implement a new standard in the city, which will be much more embracing, more supportive, more sensitive to the real needs of those in need.
- 1. We will establish the first municipal complex of its kind in Israel, for serving all Ra’anana’s food supply associations and donations of furniture.
We will construct a new hangar which will be used for two purposes: collecting and preserving proper and high-quality furniture and household equipment that residents wish to donate, as well as a complex for handling the collection and distribution of food to people in need. The complex will be available for use by all volunteering associations operating in Ra’anana.
The cost of building the complex: NIS 2 million – funded out of the city’s development budget.
The complex will be permanently managed by a municipal staff, on the municipality’s payroll. All other manpower will be based on volunteers.
Schedule: Passover 2025.
The food complex – will include refrigerators, freezers, a packaging, storage and preparation for shipping.
The equipment complex – will be operated entirely by volunteers, who will collect the equipment from the residents’ homes, store it, and distribute it to those who need the equipment according to the criteria and approval of the Welfare Department.
- Modern offices for the social services department :
The Social Services Department (which is very crowded nowadays), will move to a new building by 2025, in order to enable the provision of personal service – where any resident in need of assistance, will be able to have a private conversation with the professional staff as is appropriate for Ra’anana residents.
- Increasing the amount of social workers
In order to improve the availability of care, we will examine together with the Ministry of Welfare the possibility of increasing the number of social workers in Ra’anana.
- Discounts in municipal facilities
A fixed and defined discount procedure, as well as identification through a personal coder (yes, the cards of the Middle Ages are over), will ensure discounts in the municipal pool and in facilities such as the gym and the tennis center, for residents in need, which are being treated by the welfare department.
- Paying respect to the Holocaust survivors!
Holocaust survivors are unfortunately getting older. We must allow them a dignified old age and plenty of well-being.
• As early as April 2024, we will launch an innovative municipal program for full and comprehensive support of Holocaust survivors. The program will be “tailored” personally for every Holocaust survivor who lives in Ra’anana and will be operated by municipal teams as well as volunteers. This program will be added to the multitude of activities that the Department of Social Services for the welfare of the survivors is already carrying out today.
• Holocaust survivors will have free entry to all municipal facilities and events.
• We will increase the meetings of youth with Holocaust survivors who wish to tell their story, in schools and youth movements.
• We will expand the memorial events in the living room (Zikaron Basalon”) throughout the year (and not just around Holocaust Memorial Day).
• We will deepen the relationship between the IDF units that Ra’anana adopts – soldiers and cadets of Bahad 7 and the lone soldiers in “Benji’s House” with Holocaust survivors who live in Ra’anana.
- Free show tickets for the welfare population – at private shows
At each performance of a private artist who rents the Amphitheater in our park (such as Shlomo Artzi, etc.), we will make sure that 30 free tickets will be allocated to residents treated by the welfare department on financial grounds. Tickets will be distributed by the head of the department for social services, and the municipal legal advisor on the basis of a lottery.
- “By yourself” – helping single mothers
We will run a municipal program to help single mothers take a more active part in the world of employment. We will offer training, guidance by employment consultants as well as mentoring by volunteer residents living in Ra’anana, which are experienced in the business sector – both private and public.