Neve Michael Children’s Village in Pardes Hana is a safe haven for 280 children at risk who have been removed from dysfunctional family environments due to physical/sexual/emotional abuse.
We take in boys and girls, ages 5-18 years old, from all over Israel, although chiefly from the periphery of the country. Our boys and girls are amongst the severest, most heart breaking cases of children at risk in the country.
Our mission is to give each and every boy and girl the childhood that they deserve.
Neve Michael provides all the services necessary for children at risk under one roof. We see to their physical and mental needs: proper nutrition, education, and therapeutic care to heal their emotional scars.
Neve Michael was founded in the 1940s and has been building its reputation for providing care and education for children/youth at risk ever since.
Neve Michael Children’s Home is the only multi-disciplinary children’s home in Israel with so many vital services in one place: a 24/7 Children’s Emergency Crisis Center; the first and only Teenage Girls’ Crisis Center in Israel (since 2009); Family Homes where 12 children live as a family (with parents and their birth children) that provides them with positive role models who demonstrate love, warmth, support and the stability which was lacking in their young lives; a School for Special Education on the premises, K-7; Day Care facilities that serve disadvantaged children in the area until 7:00pm, five days a week; a Therapy and Tutorial Enrichment Center tailored to meet the individual needs of over 280 children; an External Crisis Center and Therapy Counseling Unit for families at risk, servicing over 100 families in the area from Pardes Hana to Haifa, which attempts to keep families intact, even under the most trying circumstances.
Carmel Family Home
The Carmel Family Home houses 30 children at risk, 4 National Service girls and 2 housemothers and their families. It is a split level building with a one story building of 441 square meters (4747 square foot ) and a two story building of 397 square meters (4273 square foot).
There is a shelter of 144 square meters (1550 square foot) that is used as a social club for the 30 children in the Carmel Family Home.
In the Family Home Neve Michael's children at risk are exposed to “parents” and to a homelike atmosphere providing love, warmth, care and support. For these unfortunate children, the Family Homes provide a normative framework that helps them recover from their traumatic experiences. These children did not grow up in a supportive, functioning family environment. Being raised with “parents” and the parents’ own biological children allows them to see positive role models and family interaction and to experience what it means to live in a warm, loving family.
It is our objective to break the vicious cycle of distress for our children at risk and to give them the tools to develop. We want our children at risk to raise their own children in their own homes.
Taking care of 30 children at risk, 24 hours a day, seven days a week is certainly a full time job. We see this as our greatest achievement.
Neve Michael's housemothers and national services girls are in charge of providing the 30 children at risk with a functional, daily routine of getting up for school, eating breakfast, making sure backpacks are ready for school, making sure they go to the main dining room for a hot lunch, assisting them with their homework, making sure the children go to therapeutic treatments, afternoon extracurricular activities, preparing dinner and helping them to prepare for bed.
All the 30 children receive various therapeutic treatments and require additional assistance (beyond what they receive in the family unit) with their studies. Two social workers are also part of the staff of the family Homes, but they do not reside in the Family Home.
It is without a doubt, that the tutorial program and the therapies that our children at risk receive through the Therapy Enrichment Program are what truly gives them a chance to have a brighter future.
When children are raised in dysfunctional homes and do not attend school on a regular basis and arrive at Neve Michael after experiencing such traumas-there is no way that they can bridge the educational and emotional gaps in their lives without professional intervention.
Participation in the tutorial program improves our children’s confidence and self-image and we see a marked improvement in scholastic achievements. Children come better prepared to class and in some cases, there is an increase of 20% in grades. The additional assistance with their homework and general reinforcement increases not only their academic results, but also increases their active participation in class. Our therapy program helps our children to overcome with their traumatic past and to achieve a healthier, emotional state.
Needless to say, there are expenses for the maintenance and upkeep of the Carmel Family Home, such as the monthly cost of utilities (water, electricity, gas and repairs from the general wear and tear of living). Food is needed for the 30 children, two home mothers and their families and the 4 national service girls.
There are two budgets below: In the first budget Neve Michael presents a detailed list in New Israeli Shekels of the monthly income that is provided by the Ministry Of Welfare for 12 children and the actual expenses.
The second budget is in US dollars. The annual income from the Ministry of Welfare for the 30 children in the Carmel Family Home is $524,000 and the annual expenses are $1,140,385.