New project increases support for lone soldiers

Project Warm Houses for Lone Soldiers aims to improve the conditions of service for lone soldiers, including apartment renovations and personal guidance

Date: 03/09/2012, 3:22 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

For several months, the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), the Achim (brothers or siblings, in Hebrew) community service organization, and the IDF (Zahal)’s Manpower Directorate have been working on Project Warm Houses for Lone Soldiers, which aims to provide lone soldiers with a sense of home. This project includes renovations on 100 apartments for lone soldiers.

The first of the renovations began last weekend at the AWIS apartments in Rehovot, which house lone soldiers. Participants in the opening event included Deputy to the Head of the Personnel Directorate Brig. Gen. Moshe Alush, other commanders, and AWIS chairperson Brig. Gen (res.) Avigdor Kahalani.

Roughly 450 lone soldiers live in approximately 100 AWIS apartments throughout Israel. Project Warm Houses for Lone Soldiers aims to improve the soldiers’ quality of life outside of their military activities, to provide them with a broader support system throughout their service, and to help them to prepare for their release from the IDF (Zahal).

The first stage of the plan is to upgrade the apartments’ physical features, including repainting and refurnishing them. Afterwards, each soldier living in the apartments will receive ongoing support and guidance from a veteran. Additionally, the project is to improve the maintenance system for the apartments and the food supply program for their residents, who will also receive support as they move into their apartments.

The estimated cost of the project is three million shekels in the first three years. The renovations are slated to be completed over the next several months. No less importantly, the personal guidance component of the project is also set to begin in the near future.