CCW Continues to Support Women during Covid-19
Similar to many countries around the world, the coronavirus has become a chronic reality for Israel. As authorities struggle to keep the spread of virus under control, the government issued a second nationwide lockdown which began on Rosh Hashana and lasted for a month. Since then certain restrictions have been eased but many sectors remain closed.
The coronavirus crisis continues to have a serious effect on women especially those who face emotional as well as financial challenges. A growing number of women cope with even harsher economic conditions during the crisis as they have been put on unpaid leave or lost their jobs. Therefore, CCW has made changes to keep women in therapy during this time when they need it the most. Online therapy through digital means and increased financial support allow many women to have access to therapy which they otherwise could not have had.
One such woman is S. who began her therapy at CCW because of her drinking problem. She is an ola hadasha with a traumatic past. She lost her father at a very young age and made Aliyah with her aunt leaving her mother behind. She had a close relationship with her aunt, but unfortunately lost her to cancer in Israel. She was transferred to a boarding school and after finishing high school, she went on to complete her army service. After the army, she travelled and came to back to Israel. However, she was never able to settle anywhere permanently and moved from one friend’s house to the next.
The coronavirus crisis had a devastating effect on S. as she was forced to leave her job in the city center and went to live in the suburbs. Since she does not hold a driver’s license, her means of transportation was very limited which made it impossible for her to physically continue therapy. Being unemployed during a time when the employment opportunities are scarce, the conditions would have forced her to leave her therapy at CCW. Online therapy and increased financial support during Covid-19 has allowed S. to stay in therapy.
S. is currently working with her therapist and making great progress in overcoming her emotional challenges and moving to a stage where she can be more stable.