American Supporters of Yedid, Inc.

aka YEDID   |   Teaneck, NJ   |  www.yedid.org.il/english
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Mission

To empower Israelis to become self-sufficient and civically engaged members of society by promoting social and economic justice

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Sari Revkin

Main address

492c Cedar Lane #335

Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA

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EIN

20-0426364

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (R11)

Jewish (X30)

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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YEDID provides vital social, economic and legal advice and assistance to help vulnerable Israelis gain access to a robust safety net. Each month, thousands of low-income residents of Israel's central and peripheral cities, towns and villages turn to our centers because they are struggling with critical issues such as maintaining a proper roof over their heads, securing essential social benefits, managing with debt and repossessions, and protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. Everything we do, from direct service to informing public policy, improves the financial stability of those we serve.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Citizen Rights Centers

YEDID's Citizen Rights Centers are storefront drop-in centers, positioned in accessible locations of Israel's main and peripheral cities. Our Centers are in the forefront of the struggle against social injustice, encouraging individuals to realize their rights, providing low-income Israelis with the tools, information and support to break the cycle of poverty.

YEDID?s Three-Tiered Strategy includes:
1. Individual Assistance: YEDID's 22 Citizen Rights Centers provide individuals and families with information and legal assistance concerning access to services and legal rights such as housing, employment, education, healthcare and social security. In 2018 YEDID assisted 18,000 new clients, low-income people who walked into YEDID Centers seeking assistance with the full range of poverty-related issues. YEDID performs a thorough intake to assess all client needs in order to provide holistic response to vulnerable Israelis.

3. Grassroots Policy Change - As a national organization, YEDID is able to analyze client cases and determine where policy change is required to address entrenched problems. YEDID's policy change agenda is generated by issues that we repeatedly see in client cases and is therefore responsive to the situation "in the field." YEDID employs grassroots strategies with the use of the media, community action groups and the writing of position papers. Recent national policy change victories include securing increased benefits for indigent Holocaust survivors and a national nutrition law for school-aged children.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

MIDOT seal of effectiveness for Israeli non profits 2018

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our main goal is to eradicate poverty. Poverty is not only about 'poor' people but also about the social and economic inequalities that compound and reproduce it. Each year
Lack of knowledge of benefits and services available, as well as the inability to access them is what keeps people in poverty. Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. Each local YEDID Center benefits from being part of a national brand which Israelis know and trust. Wherever YEDID works we are a local service, working with local people, for the benefit of the community. Our local Centers support each other, sharing knowledge of challenges and good practice, so we can best use our resources to support our clients. It is also this network that enables us to come together to do more, be it to campaign on big issues, inform national policy or connect people with society. For two decades, we have established a reputation for our work – not only for our advice and information that helps individuals and families with their poverty related problems but also for our policy work that changes some of the unfair rules that keep people in poverty.

YEDID promotes social and economic justice in Israel through a national network of 16 Citizen Rights Centers in distinct disadvantaged communities throughout the length and breadth of Israel, so that we can identify and respond to local needs and conditions. The staff and volunteers in every one of our centers are dedicated to assisting, or finding assistance, for every person who walks through the door. The eradication of poverty is an ambitious goal, so in order to make a lasting impact we employ a wide array of strategies to tackle poverty in Israel: 1) Social, Economic & Legal Assistance: YEDID volunteers, professional staff and lawyers help people navigate through bureaucracies and advise clients in obtaining the services they need. Many clients come to us in crisis, and most clients require assistance related to social security, consumer fraud, debt reduction, and housing matters.
2) Community Empowerment Initiatives: While YEDID's direct assistance is often crisis oriented and helps people who present with issues that need to be solved, our economic empowerment programs provide tools for clients to create a better life for themselves and their families. Programs such as our financial literacy and management programs, enable YEDID to empower our clients not only to take steps to solve their issues themselves but also to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Our grassroots community organizers' program is all about inspiring community action at a neighborhood level and providing the tools for our clients to create a better life for themselves and their families.
3) National Advocacy for Policy Change: Recurring issues YEDID encounters working with clients drive its policy change agenda. YEDID uses strategic partnerships to promote awareness through media campaigns, and uses the court system and the Knesset to change government policies.
We believe that "equal justice" for people with low-income includes having an effective voice in the policies that affect their lives. A vital part of our work is to empower marginalized women and men by equipping them with a voice to articulate the problems that affect their lives; craft solutions that help solve these problems; and contribute to practical, legal and policy changes that advance vulnerable people's rights. Through its Mobile Health and Rights Center, YEDID delivers preventative services and addresses the rights, concerns and needs of undeserved older adults in Israel's geographical periphery.

For two decades, we have established a reputation for our work – not only for our advice and information that helps individuals and families with their poverty related problems but also for our policy work that changes some of the unfair rules that keep people in poverty. YEDID's breadth and depth of experience and grassroots approach are chiefly responsible for effecting policy changes that cover a broad range of issues, including homelessness prevention, workplace exploitation, and healthcare regulations and legislation. Each year YEDID touches over 19,000 lives through its network of 16 centers. The most common issues with which our clients were struggling continue to be debt management and repossessions (41%), benefits from Social Security and tax credits (23%), housing (13%) and employment and labor rights (9%). We empower the people who turn to us; an indication of our success is that some of our volunteers are ex-clients, i.e. not only they have emerged from their crises, they even devote time and effort to assist others. • We empower the people who turn to us; an indication of our success is that some of our volunteers are ex-clients (namely not only they have emerged from their crises, they even devote time and effort to assist others). By supplementing our lean staff with highly trained volunteers, we are able to accomplish more with less.
Assisted by our legal team, specially trained in issues affecting the poor, our staff and volunteers are able to navigate bureaucracy and provide solutions even for very complicated issues. Our centers are tuned to the needs of their communities; some of our programs are based in a number of centers (e.g. “Let's talk about work," to assist women to consider themselves capable of having a decent job and to support their securing employment). Other programs are center-specific projects (such as a project for Ethiopian women in Ashdod).

To date, YEDID has given free assistance to more than 500,000 individuals and families, representing a broad spectrum of Israel's multi-cultural society. YEDID's work annually produces more than one million dollars in direct economic assistance through benefits, debts written off and consumer problems resolved. YEDID has enabled ordinary people and activists to gain access to decision-makers, to make their voices heard and to influence the government to make policy reflective of the peoples' concerns. YEDID recently signed a substantial contract with the Ministry of Periphery, Negev and Galilee development, to open and operate eight new centers, where for each new dollar that we raise, the government will match (up to a total of one million dollars per year). This is an exciting opportunity and critical recognition of the importance of our work. Moreover, some of the new centers will be unique:
o A mobile center for the Bedouin villagers (in the south)
o A center for the Druze sector (in the north)
o A regional legal assistance center in Beer Sheva
YEDID is the driving force behind quite a few pieces of social legislation accomplished by partnering with MK's from all political parties. During 2016, more than 43 million dollars were allocated for purchasing apartments for public housing for low-income families who waited for more than 10 years to get an apartment. The National Council for Food Security was launched in 2017 as a result of YEDID's multi-year advocacy efforts. In October 2017, YEDID opened a branch in Mevaseret Zion, solely run by volunteers trained by YEDID professionals. This is an exciting model for YEDID.

Financials

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American Supporters of Yedid, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dudy Perry

Gad Haran Development, Ltd

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable