Talya began volunteering at Tsad Kadima's day center in Jerusalem, as part of her National Service for youths with special needs. After a meaningful and successful year, Talya decided to stay on as a volunteer.
We asked Talya what brought her to Tsad Kadima:
"I came to Tsad Kadima because I was looking for a meaningful place to do my National Service.
At first it took me some time to get to know the participants, but over time I grew to love them and better understand their needs and how I could help them. Today they are my friends.
Over the course of the day, I assist with breakfast, the activities - basically anything needed.
I also listen. It's interesting to watch the physical therapist working with the participants. One of the participants was having a hard time making herself coffee and she asked me to help her. But then the occupational therapist said 'Adi, you can do it yourself', and I understood what the Amuta is all about.
I remember while playing Boccia, one of the instructors was yelling encouragements, saying 'Come on! What are you waiting for, the Messiah?' We came back from one of our games with a trophy. It was wonderful!
During recess I like to talk to people. Over time I became very close with some of them, I chat with them on Watsapp.
Tsad Kadima teaches the participants to be more independent. I feel that I've also learned to be more independent. During my National Service I had a teacher who accompanied me. But I learned to do things myself and to complete the tasks I'm given. Recently I started working at Tsad Kadima's training apartment as well and I find it interesting. I want to continue working there. I'm also studying at David Yelin College.