Streams in the Desert currently owns one three-storey villa in Beit Shemesh.
It has rooms for two permanent elderly residents, and four double rooms for temporary guests.
This house, affectionately known as Beit Haverim (House of Friends), is one of the original four houses that were used to provide a place to call home for many elderly immigrants in the past.
All the residents were independent and each had their own room. They were so happy in our home that it was a real joy to visit them. Sadly, due to rules and regulations we had to let most of them move on to pastures new, while only two could remain.
Many residents came direct to us from the former Soviet Republics, while others came from within Beit Shemesh. They came from varied backgrounds and situations:
- some were homeless, such as Yakov and Dina;
- some lived with family where the relationship broke down such as Musya and Manya, or Maria in Moldova whose daughter abused her;
- some came to ease the cramped situation in the family apartment, such as Zhenya;
- some had health issues, such as Alexander who suffered in Kazakhstan with mercury poisoning;
- some came because they were recently widowed, and wanted to be near family, such as Mera;
- some were widowed and could not afford the apartment rent now that they only had one income, such as Yaasha;
- some simply heard God’s call and yearned to be in Israel, such as Esther and Solomon;
- some were all alone, and wanted to be with others;
- some were in absolute poverty, such as Artemy and his wife, Valentina in Tajikistan;
- one couple came to keep a family promise, such as Lydia and her husband, Vitali;
- one couple came to get respite from rocket attacks in the second Lebanon War.
We currently support three previous residents
All of whom moved to the Diplomat Hotel in Jerusalem over ten years ago. The building was bought by the American Embassy, and eventually, In August 2021, the residents there were all moved to the Vert Hotel, near the Central Bus Station. This is intended to be a temporary move while a new building is constructed.
- ALEXANDRA had a rough time after she moved to the Diplomat Hotel, and then to a care home. However, she is now in a wonderful care unit in Kiryat Gat, and is flourishing there.
- SARA is still in the Vert Hotel, but she is very isolated especially as her mobility is decreasing. As a very outgoing person she needs people and activities to keep her going, so she has applied to move to a care home.
- HAVA is content in the Vert. Her biggest problem is deafness, and she has finally agreed to get hearing aids! She often visits Sara who is eleven floors above her.
There are two long-term residents in Beit Haverim.
One of them is very independent and comes and goes as he pleases. The other one has been with us for a few months, and hopes to move to sheltered housing soon.
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