Telfire operates a production line where people with disabilities work – Empowering disabled people is one of the leading company values
Rehabilitating and Saving Lives
A rehabilitation plant in Beer Sheba, the biggest city in south of Israel, is yet another reason for local pride. The goal: Providing livelihood to disabled people and restoring them to a normative life and the job market.
Beer Sheva, the biggest city in south of Israel, is undergoing a real revolution. Over recent years, numerous public parks have been constructed, streets have been renovated and hi-tech companies have moved to the city. The municipal soccer team has recorded impressive achievements, restoring it to its former glory. Alongside this new urban pride, there is a veteran and less well-known plant in Beer Sheva that is also a great source of pride.
It is a plant by the Rehabilitation Plants Foundation in Beer Sheba, which employs the disabled, the blind and other people with special needs. The goal: providing employees with a livelihood and employment tailored to their capabilities, as well as training and guidance for those who can subsequently integrate as employees in the open market. By accumulating professional work experience, graduates of the plant have indeed integrated into regular workplaces.
The special plant operates several production lines for various companies, and the employees are trained for the type of work they do. One of the companies operating the plant for many years has been telefire, an Israeli company that manufactures fire alarm systems. The workers on their production line create the bases for the smoke detectors that we are all familiar with in residential and business buildings.
“If you would have told me in the past that blind people can produce smoke detectors, I wouldn’t have believed it. Now that I do so myself – I know that we can. We both produce something that saves lives and have something to do – we leave the house, come to the place where we work and where we are welcomed warmly and happily like any other person”, says Hezi Zalihian, 63, a blind worker who has been working in the plant for about 11 years. He is married and is a father and grandfather.
Itai Brenner, Telefire VP operations, says: “For us, this is a matter of principle and not a business decision. These people deserve a living just like anyone else, and their work is as good as any other. It is an honor and privilege for us to work with them. For us, they produce the bases of our smoke detectors – an important part that actually connects the detector to the ceiling or wall. They not only produce a product that is installed through Israel and the world, but a component that actually saves lives.”
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