Lone Soldiers Home
The Lone Soldiers Home is a joint project which has already received generous donations from Haim Saban in memory of his mother, Friends of the IDF, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Yahad – United for Israel’s Soldiers and the Rishon LeZion Municipality. We thank all of the partners for their work on behalf of building the new soldiers home in Rishon LeZion, which will serve 300 servicemen and women, providing them with a warm home 365 days of the year.
“Lone soldiers” is a term used to describe soldiers who have arrived in Israel from around the world, who do not have family or support in the country. It also includes soldiers who are defined as servicemen and women lacking family support for various reasons – orphans, soldiers who were forced to leave home under various circumstances, soldiers from families experiencing severe economic hardship, formerly religious soldiers whose families do not accept their becoming secular, and soldiers who – for whatever reason – have no home.
The Lone Soldiers Home being established will have four soldiers living to a room that is well furnished and appointed, including bathrooms. Each soldier will receive a permanent bed and closet. In addition, the Soldiers Home will provide full board, a laundry home, a computer room, a lounge for relaxing in their leisure time, and more.
The Soldiers Home will be run by dedicated workers along with volunteers, who will provide close support to the soldiers during their entire military service, and will help them with whatever they need.
At the same time, a specialized educational program – Key to Success – will be offered, within the context of which the soldiers will have access in their free time to cultural and educational activity, and a variety of workshops and lectures for acquiring and improving life skills.
The cost of establishing the project is $12.5 million (75 rooms with four soldiers per room, and public spaces). It is currently under way, with a good portion of the amount already raised. Still, there is much that remains until the Lone Soldiers Home is completed, and participation by additional donors is warmly welcomed.