Community hug

“As a family, we only stayed strong thanks to the community, who supported us even on the hardest of days!”

Community HUG​ purpose

The community HUG model:
This unique model that was developed by Yad Tamar, employed in cases where the crisis based upon oncological illness – or other similar cases – is long term.
This is based upon the needs of the community giving support, – giving them tools such as:
  • Increasing the volunteering resources within the community…
  • In a wide range of help services,
  • Making them more effective for the family
  • For a prolonged period of time.
This model enables the family to feel comfortable in receiving assistance, and for the community to be able to give targeted ,professional assistance. 
This model is currently employed in dozens of communities in Israel – with the target being 2000 such community groups within the next decade.
The HUG model is innovative!

 It constructs the model for helping a family in crisis, specifically the diagnosis of one of the family members with an oncological disease. 

The novelty of the HUG model is mainly the change in perspective: the community reaches out to the patient and his family instead of the patient searching for someone to help him. Additionally, this model significantly increases the number of people providing assistance and the areas of assistance without increasing the burden for those helping. Finally, the model is innovative in its method and organized structure.

The purpose of the structure is to optimize the assistance. It shortens and simplifies procedures that could cause the community to waste precious resources while ineffectively helping the family. It shows a clear course of action to those organizing the assistance and shows the relevant members of the community exactly what each of them can do to help with and how. This method takes many parts of the community into account, as will be addressed later.

The HUG model is based on a systematic understanding of the family’s practical needs, while taking into consideration the various community members that provide and receive the assistance to the family. For example:

  • Every family has different challenges and needs, so each family’s needs must be mapped out individually.
  • Due to the sensitive state of the family and the desire to maintain privacy, those who are in close contact with the family must be people who the family deems suitable for this task.
  • The burden placed upon the community must not be too large, especially the burden on specific members of the community responsible for ongoing assistance to the family. This could cause them to feel overloaded and stop the assistance.
  • In order for the assistance be effective, the people helping the family must understand the specific dynamics of families in this type of situation and consequentially, how to correctly deal with them.

Very Important:

           The HUG model is implemented at two primary times:

  • first, during the course of the disease and the treatments;

  • Second, when the family resumes its routine. 

The need for assistance during the course of the disease and the treatments is obvious.

However, the reality is that many families also need help transitioning back into their routines.