The volunteers sat around with them for the first couple of minutes to find out how they were doing. They asked them about their home life, their activities
during the summer and school. After spending some time catching up with the boys, the volunteers decided to split into two teams so that they could cover more ground while searching for youth that need help. What I found the most fascinating was that the two teenage boys joined the groups in search for troubled youth. They searched the streets with us and even pointed out areas where we should look. As we walked, I noticed how happy and content they were to just be a part of ELEM’s team. Those few hours made all the difference in their lives.
At 11:00 P.M., I had to leave and head back to where I was staying. Even though I had to leave, ELEM volunteers continued to walk the streets until the late hours of the night. For them, the night has just begun.
After speaking to the volunteers first hand and seeing them in action, I became extremely proud. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that has so many people dedicated to the mission. And proud to be a part of an organization that helps so
many kids every year. I will never forget the look on one of the boy’s faces when he saw ELEM that night. The overjoyed look on his face will forever stay embedded in my heart. I know that with ELEM around, the troubled youth of Israel will always have a home.