The BINA Urban Intergenerational Care Net program provides care and support for seniors in neighborhoods across south Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Beer Sheva. BINA’s young adult volunteers support these elderly residents by providing basic assistance in the home, companionship, documentation of personal narratives (which are collected, published and submitted to the Diaspora Museum of the Jewish People – Community Stories database), community events and enrichment activities.
Project activities include:
INTERGENERATIONAL VISITS: 120 young adult volunteers meet with 200 senior citizens at local elderly day and residential centers or in the seniors’ homes to provide regular (once or twice weekly) companionship and emotional support, general assistance, and collect oral histories. The volunteers, who are all aged between 18 and 30, receive ongoing training and supervision, specifically related to work with elderly. Volunteers organize special cultural enrichment activities and classes for seniors.
COMMUNAL EVENTS: BINA volunteers, together with elderly residents and other local residents, organize community-wide intergenerational events at or near the senior centers, especially around Jewish holidays, when loneliness is most likely to strike.
BINA works closely with the Tel-Aviv and Beersheba municipalities, specifically with the social workers responsible for the elderly population.