Reuven* is an 8 year old boy who was referred to KLN for mentoring by his school to help him learn to handle the frustration and tension in his life, and to develop social skills. He made aliyah from America with his parents 6 years ago, when he was only 2. At the time he was the youngest of 4 children, and now there are an additional 3 siblings younger than him. Initially, the move went well for the family. The father was employed as a computer programmer for an American company. However, that changed a year ago when the company disbanded and the father found himself without a job. In addition, he discovered that his skills had not kept up with the fast changes in the field, and thus were not helpful to him in securing employment elsewhere.
Reuven was from the beginning an irritable baby. He has been diagnosed with learning disabilities, and ADD. He has difficulty paying attention or following the instruction in school, he is easily frustrated and has frequent tantrums as a result. His social skills are poor, and he does not have friends that he sees outside of school. Reuven has a poor self image, doesn’t believe that things can get better, and sometimes expresses that it would be better if he would die. The school provides special tutoring, which has helped some and is an indication that Reuven is responsive to intervention. Mentoring is an intervention that could speak directly to his developing more frustration tolerance, a better self image and better social skills. However, due to the family’s current financial situation, they are not able to pay even the lowest of our sliding scale fees.
The family’s financial situation is severe and the source of much tension in the house and especially in the marital relationship over the last year. They owe the maximum allowed on their bank account and their credit card, and have borrowed from friends and family for their basic expenses over the last year. Their debt now has reached $45,000. The father started a 3 month course to upgrade his computer skills, with the hope that he will then be able to secure employment and be able to support his family. However, Reuven needs help now. Every day is a frustrating challenge for him, causing deterioration in his self esteem to the point that he frequently denigrates himself and wishes he were not longer alive. Help us help Reuven get out of his downward spiral.
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