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Tova is 27 years old, married and at the beginning of a 3rd pregnancy. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter and twin daughters who are 9 months old. David, her husband underwent a kidney transplant two years ago and is still not able to work. The plan was for Tova to return to work and the twins would be placed in daycare.
Previous to David's kidney transplant, he had opened a garage which had unfortunately failed due in part to his ill health. Within a year, he had to close the business and file for bankruptcy. The couple incurred many debts which they are in the process of repaying. In Tova's words, "It will take a lifetime."
Tova was using birth control when she learned that she was pregnant. Her first thought was an abortion. The daily stress of collectors knocking on the door with demands and threats just didn't fit with bringing another child into this world. They are currently subsisting on a government disability allowance.
Only two years ago they lived a very different lifestyle. The change has taken its toll on the family. Their stable and loving marriage has deteriorated into frequent expressions of anger and accusations. An unplanned pregnancy has forced them to look carefully at themselves and their future.
Tova and David approached Just One Life for help. Our offer of help was timely and genuine and helped not only preserve their marriage but enabled them to choose to continue the pregnancy. They were blessed with a baby boy.
Today they are doing much better. Tova and David have found work and have gotten their lives back on track. They are deeply grateful for the support Just One Life gave them.
Recently, Sara was diagnosed with a debilitating illness that, though non-life threatening, put her next pregnancy at risk. Sara's illness made her incapable of holding light objects let alone a baby. She was unable to walk up stairs, go shopping, take care of the children.
Left on her own, Sara's pregnancy was at significant risk. Fortunately, Sara had been in continued contact with her Just One Life Social Worker and apprised her of the situation. Just One Life immediately put together a team of volunteers to assist Sarah during her time of need and a professional Social worker to help her through this difficult period.
Several months later, a beautiful healthy baby girl was born. Today, her children ages 7 and 9 are happy healthy wonderful children who in Sara own words, "are the light of my life. Despite everything that I have endured, when I see these two beautiful human beings, I know that I am blessed and I thank G-d every day that for the privilege and awesome responsibility of being their mother."
Michal, 39, came to Israel alone at age 18 from Argentina. She learned Hebrew and began her new life here with great optimism. She developed her personal and business skills and was always able to support herself. Michal came to see me a month ago after she was abandoned by her husband of 4 years. She was in the 5th week of her pregnancy and was very unsure about the future of her pregnancy.
A friend had given her our number. She was being harassed by her husband's parents who were eager for her to have an abortion. Likewise, her husband, with whom she had been in business, was keen for her to end the pregnancy. Up until a month ago, she was self-sufficient, earning an above average salary and living a very comfortable lifestyle. When she arrived at our office, she was a hungry, frightened and confused woman. Within a few minutes of our interview, she was weeping. She is very lonely, with no real friends with whom to share her dilemma. An appointment for an abortion had been made for the following week, but she was not at all sure if she wanted to end the pregnancy.
Her physician told her that ending the pregnancy might affect her future reproductive capability due to her age. Her major concern was her current situation with no income and threats to evict her from the apartment. Before she left the office we gave her some money to buy some food and told her about the help we could offer her over the next period of time. We spoke daily. After a week of serious deliberation, she decided to continue the pregnancy. She understood that her current financial situation was temporary and that, as in the past, she would again be self-sufficient. The thought of having a baby was now bringing her joy rather than anxiety.
She found a job working in a dress shop and earning a small salary. The threats of eviction have ceased and she is able to see past the moment. She is optimistic that her future has the potential of being much brighter and that being a mother will be a privilege, not a punishment. We continue to be in ongoing contact, she will receive a monthly check and she has been invited to join a group of single-parent mothers that are held weekly in our Mother and Baby Center. Michal took a pre-natal course and tried to ready herself emotionally and physically for the next phase of her life. The arrival of her healthy, beautiful daughter brought her great joy. A joyous occasion for all!
When Naomi learned she was pregnant with her third child, her first thought was to terminate the pregnancy. She was already feeling unwell, her two young children were sick with the flu, and she had just been fired from her part-time job in a Jerusalem dress shop because of her irregular attendance. Her husband, who works as a security guard and earns only $1,500 per month, supported her decision. Without Naomi's paycheck to supplement the family income, he was afraid that they wouldn't be able to feed the family and pay the mortgage. Yet even though she felt totally overwhelmed and depressed by her situation, Naomi also felt very conflicted about ending her pregnancy. When a city social worker suggested she contact Just One Life, Naomi jumped at the chance. And that's how Just One Life stepped into Naomi's life.
Just One Life's team of social workers helped her think of ways to manage on a smaller income, learn to create and live on a monthly family budget. Armed with that plan and with the ongoing emotional and financial support she received, Naomi chose to continue. Several months later, Naomi gave birth to a healthy son. The brit was in their home, the baby is starting off his new life in a layette provided by Just One Life, and mom is in a much stronger mental and physical position to be the happy healthy mother to her children.