Yad Sarah lends a hand on Jerusalem Day.
(photo credit: COURTESY YAD SARAH)
The Yad Sarah organization will use two grants totaling $1.5 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand access to healthcare for residents of the periphery.
The first grant, for $750,000, will support the expansion of Yad Sarah’s “home-hospital program” in the South. The second grant, for the same amount, will help expand the organization’s mobile dental clinics to the home-bound elderly and disabled in the North and South who cannot access affordable dental care.
Yad Sarah has pledged to raise a matching sum to assure excellent service to the residents of the periphery.
Launched as a pilot program three years ago, the home-hospital program has distributed thousands of electric beds, patient hoists and other related equipment to patients seeking home-based recuperation and rehabilitation.
The mobile dental clinics currently operate in Jerusalem, Beersheba and Haifa suburbs. The Helmsley grant will be used for equipment purchases and to enhance Yad Sarah’s capacity to dispense low-cost dental care in the periphery.
Since Helmsley’s Israel program began active grant-making in 2010, it has committed more than $170 million to projects and organizations, including substantial grants to institutions, hospitals and programs that improve access to healthcare in the nation’s periphery.