Come into the warm
Visiting Israel? WIZO would love to show you projects such as its safe-home programme for teenage girls
WITH 800 projects across Israel, you are never far away from one of WIZO’s centres. One of the greatest challenges undertaken by WIZO in Israel is identifying young girls at risk, addressing their needs and giving them the social and educational tools to succeed. A WIZO “Warm Home” provides an out-ofhomeframeworkforadolescent girls who are at risk or in distress and in a prolonged downward spiral. This communal programme allows young girls to stay in their natural environment while receiving therapy and close guidance on self-esteem and relationships.
WIZO runs 18 homes across Israel, each with up to 15 girls, many of whom have been expelled from, or simply left the education system. The goal of this programme is to support girls and ensure that they do not end up living on the streets or becoming involved in delinquent behaviour.
The girls attend the Warm Homes programme several times a week for hot meals, therapy, edu- cational and social assistance.
Sharona, 17 arrived at a Warm Home four years ago. Having been exposed to cruelty from her father she also exhibited extreme violence herself and hostility towards her peers. Warm Home staff worked with her three times a week while she continued to attend school.
After two years, her outbursts reduced and she learned to seek help when needed. Today, she is able to cope with her emotions. With the support of the Warm Home staff, she transferred to the Navy School, where she is now flourishing academically and socially. This young girl, who once suffered from significant social phobias, performed at the school’s Memorial Day ceremony. Thanks to the Warm Home, Sharona has changed into a balanced, sociable young woman with a great academic future. The Warm Home is still part of her everyday life and has been the driving force for her improved future. WIZO believes that a key challenge is to continue giving equal opportunities to young girls like Sharona. Their success will advance equality in Israeli society.
Firm friends at a WIZO Warm Home