Respite center for people with disabilities
Supporting children and adults with disabilities and their families
Every child or adult with a disability who lives at home with their parents (or in a foster home) is entitled to short-term stays in a supported environment in case of a family emergency, personal crisis, family vacation, or following medical treatment.
Over 15,000 residents of Tel Aviv-Yafo receive disability support through social security, of which 2,000 are under the age of 18. This represents some 4,000 households in the city with a family member with a disability.
There are no respite facilities in Tel Aviv-Yafo, which means families must access facilities elsewhere in the country. They face waiting lists and the need to travel places an additional burden on these families.
Respite is a very important contributor to family well-being. It enables parents to go on vacation abroad or deal with illnesses or other crises with the confidence that their child/adult with a disability is being well looked after; it reduces stress and burnout for parents who care for a child/adult requiring a high level of care; and it creates opportunities for parents who have multiple children to spend quality time with those who do not have a disability.
The Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo is planning to build a two-story rehabilitation center on an 850 square meter plot of land in the HaMashtela neighborhood in north Tel Aviv. The rehabilitation center is designed for children aged 0-3 with physical and developmental disabilities.
There is a unique opportunity to leverage this project and build an additional floor to create a respite center to serve people with a disability in the city.
The respite center is designed to comprise five bedrooms with bathrooms and showers to accommodate 10 people, a multi-purpose room, kitchen and living room. The respite center will include a program to teach young adults independent daily living skills during their stay at the center, in order to prepare them for adulthood and future independent or supported living.
The Tel Aviv Foundation is seeking a philanthropic investment to build and equip the first and only Respite Center in the city.
Requested donation: $1,100,000.