Vision for Israel is a non-profit organization founded by Barry and Batya Segal in 1994 out of the desire to help build and restore the Land. VFI freely provides aid to the poor and needy people, both Jewish and Arab, living in the nation of Israel today through The Joseph Storehouse, an international humanitarian aid center operating in the Judean Hills just outside of Jerusalem.
People behind VFI
President at Vision for Israel
Co-Founder of Vision for Israel
Administrator and Coordinator for the United States
Administrator for the United Kingdom
Karl-Eglof and Stephanie Hartel
Administrators and Coordinators for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Paul and Irene Selier
Administrators and Coordinators for the Netherlands
The story of Vision for Israel began in 1993 – long before the Second Intifada – when Barry Segal received a powerful vision that Israel would experience a time of plenty and then of anguish, similar to the Biblical tale of Joseph. Alongside his wife, Batya, Barry followed G-d's guidance and founded Vision for Israel, determined to help the poor and needy families in the Land.
In 1994, this young ministry reached out and began offering financial aid to poor and needy families around Israel. During the course of this year, Vision for Israel was legally established as an official non-profit charitable organization in Israel and the U.S.A.
The extraordinary story took a tragic turn on February 25th, 1996, when the Segal family was touched by the pain that affects far too many Israelis. Barry and Batya’s older daughter, Meytal, lost three teenage friends in a bus that was attacked by a Hamas suicide bomber. In addition to this loss, another girl, who served as a soldier in one of the platoons Meytal instructed, was murdered when a Hamas terrorist blew up a different bus on the same route. These were the buses that Meytal rode each week. During the Passover season of 1996, Barry and Batya responded by assisting the families torn apart by terrorism, leading to what would become one of VFI's most important tasks - assisting families who are victims of terror and rocket attacks.
THE JOSEPH STOREHOUSE
The year of 1998 was a year of great "firsts." Seeking to help even further, in January of 1998, the Segals opened the first humanitarian aid center, The Joseph Storehouse, just outside of Jerusalem and began to assist hundreds of victims of terrorism each year. The first container of humanitarian aid arrived just in time for Passover, and the first VFI volunteers arrived to help at The Joseph Storehouse. It was here that Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse grew to provide essential humanitarian aid to impoverished Israelis – both Jews and Arabs – and help local Israeli organizations that are in desperate need of many important supplies.
Vision for Israel has also been a source of spiritual aid to the nations through the Jerusalem News Network (www.jnnnews.com), which spreads accurate information and guidelines for prayer concerning Israel.
In 1999, Vision for Israel opened its first storehouse beyond Israel's border in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
This year also included the birth of the idea for the Pack to School project, aimed to provide school supplies to needy children in Israel. This project gives backpacks filled with school supplies and financial aid for textbooks to many needy Israeli children on an ongoing yearly basis.
The humanitarian aid increased as another warehouse, also called The Joseph Storehouse, opened in Storrington, West Sussex, England.
In the new millenium, Vision for Israel opened a branch in Munich, Germany, the first official branch in central Europe.
The Joseph Storehouse Trust was established in England, and a warehouse dedicated to medical aid was opened in Moshav Beit Nequofa on the hills of Jerusalem, in the same area as the first two storehouses.
In 2005, Vision for Israel's medical aid reached beyond the borders of Israel to Sri Lanka, shortly after the country was hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. VFI also joined with organizations in the U.S.A. to provide aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina from the Houston branch of The Joseph Storehouse.
ASSISTING VICTIMS OF WAR
In 2006, aid was distributed to families of northern Israel and south Lebanese refugees after rockets were sent from Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War. This year also saw the first Lone Soldiers project in which those who have come from around the world to defend Israel in the IDF are provided with personal necessities and gifts.
After over four years of hard work, 2008 was the year that the Bromsgrove Storehouse was completed. This warehouse, opened in Bromsgrove, England, consisted of three different units and an additional loading bay. The project began in January of 2004 and was completed in June 2008.
In the Netherlands, we opened another branch for Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse.
In 2009, land was purchased in the heart of Israel to establish The Millennium Center, a new headquarters for The Joseph Storehouse and Vision for Israel.
The building permit for the Millennium Center was issued on the eve of Purim in 2013.
This year also provided opportunity to reach outside of Israel's borders, particularly in the Philippines. In November, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse provided emergency medical aid and equipment to Israeli doctors working in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
On February 3rd, thanks to G-d's provision and after much prayer, construction finally began on the new Millennium Center.
Vision for Israel provides medical kits to Rescuers Without Borders to care for hundreds of injured earthquake victims in Nepal.
The concrete shell for the Millennium Center is completed. Now begins Stage 3 of the building process.
In July, Vision for Israel provided over 200,000 school packs since we first began the project in 1999 to over 200,000 Jewish and Arab children throughout Israel, including all minority groups amongst the population.