More than 1,000 new immigrants from around the world are honorably discharged from the IDF each year. Without their family in Israel to go home to or show them the way forward, resettlement in Israeli society for these young people poses many challenges. They must deal with the foreign, new, and complicated reality that is Israel.
The program is comprised of six major parts:
5 Day Workshop: Three months before release from the IDF, participants benefit from a five-day course including lectures and open conversations on important issues essential to the lone soldier’s transition to civilian Israeli life.
Resume Building: With the help of their personal advisors, each participant creates a Hebrew resume, fit for the Israeli workforce.
Financial Coaching: Each lone soldier receives individualized financial evaluation and consultation with a professional financial advisor. The coaching takes place regularly or as needed over two years to help ensure successful financial entry into civilian life. In addition, some program participants receive grants designed to assist with rent, academic tuition fees, purchasing furniture and equipment for the home.
Support from Volunteers: Following discharge from the IDF, lone soldiers can turn to volunteers from the Israel Rotary Club and the Big Brother/Big Sister organization for mentoring. Through these partnerships, Wings provides an informal safety net for lone soldiers as they transition into civilian Israeli life.