Beds for the Goldman’s Children
When Eyal and Mimi Goldman’s daughter was one and a half, she died suddenly of a brain infection. This tragedy and his brother’s suicide shortly thereafter threw Eyal into a deep depression. It is under control now, with the help of therapy and medications, but he is not yet able to work. He receives a disability stipend from the government.
The family had a small, independent business but when they could not focus on it, the business failed and the family filed for bankruptcy. The burden of supporting the family and taking care of their other three children has fallen on Mimi (despite her own sorrow and stress) who is a day care aide. The five of them now live in a public housing unit.
When a social worker visited their home, she saw that one of the three children sleeps on a mattress on the floor, while the other two share an old, second-hand bed that is worn out and on the brink of collapse. The children would be so much better off sleeping on proper beds but their parents cannot provide them.