COUNSELLING & CRISIS CENTRES
Emunah operates 3 emergency shelters, which are equipped to receive babies, children, and teenagers at a moment’s notice and care for them temporarily, until a more permanent framework can be found for them. These children have been removed from their homes, under serious circumstances, by court order.
The shelters are protected and accessible only to authorized personnel. In the first stage, the goal is to ensure the child’s personal safety and provide the needed warmth in
order to distance him/her from the trauma and distress that s/he experienced. The period of time that the child remains in the shelter is determined by the courts and the welfare authorities.
Neve Michael – Childrens Emergency Crisis Center
The doors to the Neve Michael Emergency Crisis Center opened in August 2000. All children that are bought to the Crisis center, are rescued by the Welfare Department of Israel. Children arrive with cigarette burns on their tender, young skin. Others have endured horrible experiences. One little boy, saw his drug addicted father kill his mother. Children from all over the country who need to be removed immediately from their home and surroundings are referred to us through the Welfare Department and arrive at our Emergency Crisis Center, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Despite major government budget cuts, our devoted staff works continuously to treat our children. We are in constant need of professional therapy and diagnostic testing for them. It is our objective to help our children break the vicious cycle of distress. Each child responds differently to the various treatments available. Therefore, we try to find the best way to reach into the souls of our children. Our crisis center operates 24-7 to handle any emergency situation in which a child must be removed from its biological family at a moment’s notice. Our children all come with “psychological ghosts” from their past. Some remember many frightening nights when they lay awake wondering if they would be victims of abuse or if they would be forced to beg to raise money for the family’s basics needs. Most children, who arrive at our Emergency Crisis Center, cannot return home. They are constantly here, through holidays and summer vacation.
We have certainly made an immense difference in the lives of our children. We cannot change the hurtful past for our children. But, together, we can promise to give them a better future.
- The Teenage Crisis Center serves teenager girls nationwide from the age of 13-18 years old who have
- suffered mental/physical abuse or who are in emotional distress due to various causes.
- Only acute situations of teenage girls at risk are referred to the Center by the Welfare Department.
- An important component for the success of the Teenage Girls’ Crisis Center is the family intervention
- The center expects to receive between 40-50 teenage girls annually.
- The professional staff at Neve Michael evaluates each teenager that arrives and plans an individual
- treatment program for her.
- Main objective is to build self-sufficiency in the teenagers, so that they will be able to cope with life’s
- challenges as mentally healthy adults.
- The treatment and evaluation is performed by professional experts, psychologists and social workers.
- The anticipated timeline is flexible and dependent on a particular individual’s progress, but treatment
- can take from several months to approximately two years.
- The Neve Michael staff works in conjunction with the Child Welfare Department of the Ministry of
Emunah’s 12 Family Counseling Centers provide counseling to assist individuals, couples and families in crisis based on Jewish values. The centers provide support to those seeking help and give them the tools to deal with: personal hardships, saving a relationship or marriage, or keeping a family intact.
The Counseling Centers provide therapy at a subsidized rate. Treatment is offered using a variety of methods including: conventional therapy sessions, alternative therapy, group therapy, evaluations and assessments and a variety of workshops and lectures. This extensive range of services enables Emunah to meet the changing and differing needs of the Israeli public, helping both the national religious sector as well as the secular population. Emunah’s Family Counseling Centers employ only social workers, psychologists and mediators most of have at a minimum a Master’s degree.
The network of Emunah Family Counseling Centers extends throughout the country. Every month the counseling centers treat 400 families in Israel.