Employing more people with disabilities than any other company, Call Yachol is the first of it’s kind.
I had the opportunity to hear founder and owner, Dr. Gil Winch, share his story at Ohio State University about a week ago. To say I was moved by his speech would be an understatement.
- Founders: Dr. Gil Winch & Efrat Segev Winch
- Location: Rishon LeZion, Israel
- Launch Date: February 2008
After about 5 years of studying why people with disabilities weren’t a part of Israel’s workforce, Dr. Gil Winch and Efrat Segev Winch (both psychologists), wanted to do more than publish their research. To truly make an impact and do something about this problem, they founded Call Yachol.
The Solution: Call Yachol
Call Yachol is an outsourced call center that employs mainly people with disabilities; it brings a new sense of purpose and meaning into their lives that they have not been able to find before.
“As of 2016, the company employs 200 people with physical, emotional, and sensory disabilities, making it the biggest employer of people with disabilities in the Israeli open market and in the world.”
(Sidenote: a fascinating video of Dr. Gil Winch, https://youtu.be/EZEF0QHN-mE )
Why this relates to the U.S.
This is a serious problem in the U.S. as well, with over 20 million people living with disabilities, and it’s inspirational to see someone finally making a change.
Israel Venture Network
To hear about other non-profit organizations and social businesses making a breakthrough in Israel’s employment sector, check out Israel Venture Network: http://ivn.org.il/
…Okay, well maybe you don’t live in Israel, and you don’t have any relationship to it…which is probably true. However, my goal is to gain inspiration through the programs their implementing, which I hope my readers will have the opportunity to do so as well!