2016 was a great year for Wings! We reached 1,100 new immigrants prior to enlistment in the IDF and 750 lone immigrant soldiers making the difficult transition from soldier to civilian.
The Wings Guidance Center serves new immigrants ages 17-35 prior to their enlistment into the IDF. In 2016, 1,100 new immigrants received aid and guidance from the Wings Guidance Center. There were 37 group workshops which took place all over Israel in English, Spanish, Russian, and French.
Wings provides crucial support to lone immigrant soldiers during their army service. Aid is provided in full coordination with the IDF. It includes response to emergency situations, immediate financial assistance in unique situations, response to daily needs, meetings with the IDF head psychiatrist on the topic of suicide, training IDF education corps commanders on how to cope with lone immigrant soldiers, and much more.
Wings aids lone immigrant soldiers with the extremely difficult transition from being a soldier to being a citizen in Israel. Lone soldiers join the Wings workshop prior to release from the IDF, have meetings with a personal advisor, financial advisor, receive diagnostic testing, and more. In 2016, 750 lone immigrant soldiers were supported through this transitional time.
There is so much to look forward to in 2017…
We have partnered with the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption to add a social component to the Wings program. The Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption is providing a budget of 600,000 Nis for 2016 to be used for this expansion. It will include hiring a social coordinator, planning and running programming, and building an alumni network.