Our projects provide comprehensive solutions and practical tools for at-risk young adults to help them make a meaningful change in their lives
As the name suggests, the open space drop-in center is a homey space that welcomes young people unconditionally and serves as a safe and nonjudgmental alternative to life on the streets. The drop-in center’s activities are focused on providing immediate, accessible, flexible, and tailored solutions for teenagers and young adults in a range of vulnerable situations: detachment from social frameworks, vagrancy, delinquency, drug use, lack of family support, homelessness, emotional distress, and more.
Hut HaMeshulash believes in working with young people’s existing strengths and encouraging them to realize their potential.
Participation in the drop-in center is completely voluntary and participants either turn to the center themselves, are located by staff, or referred by education and welfare bodies.
The drop-in center provides a warm and welcoming space that offers a wide range of solutions to hundreds of young people a year:
Humanitarian needs provision: a safe alternative to the streets, three meals a day, a space to rest, showers, clothing, and laundry services.
Therapeutic/rehabilitative services: social work, intervention in crisis situations, legal counseling, and more.
Personal development opportunities: empowerment and enrichment activities. such as:
The art program offers therapy using processes of creativity and self-expression. Our staff teach a variety of classes: drawing, art history, art workshops, painting, and more. The program includes collaboration with scholarship students from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
The theater program operates in partnership with the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Jerusalem. The program includes weekly acting classes for around 15 young people, delivered by professional teachers from Nissan Nativ.
The drop-in center’s music program offers music therapy to who are interested in music. Music room staff, together with students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, offer a range of private lessons: voice, guitar, piano, drums, recording, and music software.
Participants try out whatever lessons they want. The music room is a refuge from life on the streets for hundreds of young people, a place to share and express feelings, and a space for creativity and self-expression. Open mic events are held throughout the year, and everyone is welcome to participate by singing or otherwise expressing themselves. As part of the program, a group of young people with outstanding musical talent got together and started Hut HaMeshulash’s band. The band has performed dozens of times to large audiences all over Israel and is currently working on its first album, created by the band members themselves.
Check out the band’s YouTube channel here.
This program was established in collaboration with the National Insurance Institute of Israel as part of the “Secure Futures” program and now operates independently. The program is rooted in the belief that achieving personal and professional success is a significant milestone in everyone’s life – especially for at-risk young people, who often lack people in their lives who believe in them and have never felt that success to be within their reach.
The program is intended for teenagers and young adults from all over Israel and aims to prepare them for integration into the jobs market, providing a range of tools for empowerment, enrichment, and self-confidence development. The program is based on group sessions, where participants acquire tools and skills to assist them in the jobs market. These include life skills such as teamwork, communication, self-confidence, responsibility, and perseverance; specific knowledge about the jobs market; practical job search skills; resume writing; and preparing for job interviews. Depending on the workshop’s demographic, the group sessions might be supplemented by individual sessions with a social worker to develop a personal program, work on weaknesses, reinforce strengths, and create a tailored Vocational horizon for each participant. Depending on their needs and capabilities, some participants begin a vocational training program of their choice after completing the program, sponsored by Hut HaMeshulash. Others enter the jobs market.
The young men’s home is the first of its kind in Israel and intended for young men in various vulnerable situations, especially those involved in criminal activities. The program offers a long-term therapeutic/rehabilitative framework with an individually tailored therapeutic program for each participant. Young men are referred to the program by welfare services from around Israel. The hostel offers them long term housing and a rehabilitative framework in a welcoming, homely atmosphere. It gives young men stability, safety, and support, allowing them to make fundamental changes in their lives.
Young men at the hostel are provided with individual and group therapy, guidance in finding vocational and support in completing their education, from an understanding that these tools will help them integrate into society as independent adults.
The young women’s home offers 15 vulnerable young women a long-term therapeutic/rehabilitative framework with an individually tailored therapeutic program for each participant.
Young women are referred to the program by welfare services from across Israel.
The hostel provides them with accommodation and takes care of all their basic needs.
The therapeutic program at the hostel includes work on several planes: learning about topics such as health, healthy sexuality, and personal hygiene; help finding employment or completing education; basic financial management tools (including creating a savings plan); and social work that includes personal guidance, individual and group therapy, and enrichment and leisure activities.
The unit for young pregnant woman operates within the young women’s home, and is the only program of its kind in Israel. It enables pregnant young women to live at the hostel for the duration of their pregnancy, while receiving all the support and assistance they need: accompaniment to doctor’s appointments, meetings with various professionals, preparation for parenting, and support during and after the birth.
The Transitional Accommodation are intended for graduates of the young men’s and women’s homes and other frameworks who still require guidance and support as they work toward building independent lives. The Transitional Home provide these graduates with a domestic framework, continued support and rehabilitation, and an opportunity to continue the process of changing their lives.
The young people run the house independently and contribute partially to household costs. They also receive mentoring from a counselor who acts as a coach and weekly therapeutic sessions with a social worker.
Living at the Transitional Home gives graduates a safe shelter and facilitates social work that allows them to gradually make the transition to independence while living in an apartment with roommates.
Hut HaMeshulash in numbers – from its establishment until today