"New rehabilitants"

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By Nina, volunteer from Ashdod

This picture was taken beside the overnight shelter that is situated not far from Aviv Center. Our volunteers from Jerusalem, who visit this shelter regularly, have told us that both during the strict quarantine and the last weeks of gradual return to normal life, many addicts from here decided to start rehabilitation. Many of them are still in the rehab, doing quite well.

This Monday two more addicts from the shelter went to Jerusalem rehab. For the first one, Alexander, it took some time to get ready, and the volunteers were helping him make this important step, while he was throwing his cigarettes and, perhaps, some more dangerous stuff into the trash can near the shelter.

“You know our rules, don’t you?” - quietly, friendly, but firmly asked our volunteer, Sasha.

The guy nodded. It was touching to see that before getting into the car he handed the food box he had received from us over to a guy who was still sitting on the pavement near the trash can.

The second person, Max, left the shelter and came almost running to the car, ready to go. In each of our two cars there was one empty seat and now they were both occupied by our brand-new rehabilitants! “Let them occupy all the seats but the driver’s!” says Igor, another volunteer, ”We’ll get home somehow”.

Today both guys are in Jerusalem rehab. The first days are very difficult, especially for Alexander. Please pray for them!

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