“It’s about the power of the individual,” said David Rothner, Yad Sarah’s spokesperson, “what each and every one of us can do. Our volunteers are dentists and laborers. They’re Jewish and non-Jewish. It’s all free because we don’t pay for person power. We have 40,000 wheelchairs on the road, from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean.” Trucks constantly are carrying equipment to branch locations around Israel.
In 2017, more than 500,000 people used Yad Sarah’s services. More than 320,000 items of medical and rehabilitative equipment are lent out, from the most basic crutches to the most sophisticated cardiac apnea monitors. Yad Sarah’s outreach provides a mobile geriatric dental clinic to homebound individuals, and makes around 500 daily trips in wheelchair-accessible vans, some of which are to bring individuals to Yad Sarah’s rehabilitation centres for physical, art or occupational therapy, to learn horticulture, or to bring children to play centres for those with special needs. For homebound seniors living alone, Yad Sarah runs an emergency response system, supplying them with two-way transmitters that connect them to the organization’s computerized emergency center 24 hours a day. See 2017 Infographic for details.