An Israeli humanitarian organization has teemed up with a Chabad House in the country's interior to improve social welfare services for local Holocaust survivors.

Latet, an institution founded in 1996 to provide assistance to needy populations in Israel and around the world, joined forces with the Extend-A-Hand project run by Chabad-Lubavitch of Nes Tziyona to expand the Chabad House's food distribution program to include medical and dental assistance.

According to Malka Shacham, project director for the Chabad House, the partnership will also help the city's more than 200 aging Holocaust survivors with the upkeep of their homes.

She said that the partnership was a natural fit for the two organizations. Latet – its name means "to give" in Hebrew – had more organizational resources to draw on, and the Chabad House had been helping Holocaust survivors for the past three years.

A pilot run last week that saw a delivery of larger-than-usual food cartons to clients and more interaction between social workers and residents. Shacham said that people will all begin receiving prescription discounts, home-based dental services and medical assistance as part of the partnership.

"The higher purpose of the joint project is to build a personal relationship with the survivors," explained Shacham. "Each survivor will have the same volunteer come each month and talk with him or her, and try to find solutions to any problems that he or she is having."