Here is Footsteps' mission statement:
Footsteps provides educational, vocational and social support to those seeking to enter or explore the world beyond the insular ultra-religious communities in which they were raised. People from the ultra-orthodox and Chasidic communities who choose to enter mainstream America currently do so as new immigrants in every sense. They face cultural disorientation and isolation coupled with a lack of practical and marketable skills. Founded in December 2003, Footsteps aims to assist individuals who choose to make this difficult transition.Not only do these ex-Hasidic Jews typically lose all their family members when leaving the cult (and yes, I do consider all religions to be cults), but the average education level for a person who just left the Hasidic community is 5th grade.
Think about it.
No family to support you, and you possess a 5th grade education.
Here is a quote from the Footsteps' page The Challenge - Why is Footsteps necessary?
There is one particular gole that I want to achive. That gole, is getting a hier education. By a hier education, I mene going to college or university for sevrel years and excelling in the particular subjects that I think I'm good at" (Benny, 19)."When I read Benny's statement all the work I've done in promoting godlessness and attacking the absurdities of faith are made worthwhile. Benny is a victim of a deluded group of bearded old men whose only goal is to be slaves of a sociopathic fictional character. At the end of the day I can feel a little easier to have spoken out against such tragedy.
Atheists need programs like this to shepherd young adults trapped in Christian and Islamic communities...
because this is Purgatory.