Chai-Life Line dba Chai Lifeline Inc

aka Chai Lifeline   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.chailifeline.org

Mission

Chai Lifeline’s guiding principles are

That seriously ill children need and deserve as happy and normal a childhood as possible;

That illness affects each member of the family;

That the well-being of an ill child is impacted by the well-being of his or her family;

That pediatric illness can have a devastating financial effect on families.

With this in mind, Chai Lifeline strives to

Find ways to bring joy to the lives of our young patients and their families through creative, innovative, and effective family-focused programs, activities, and services;

Engender hope and optimism in children, families, and communities;

Educate and involve communities in caring for ill children and their families;

Provide unparalleled support throughout the child’s illness, recovery and beyond;

Build communities among children and families living with illness or loss that allow them to engage, strengthen, and encourage one another;

Offer all services free of charge to ensure that every family has access to the programs it needs.

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Rabbi Simcha Scholar

Main address

151 W 30th St Third Fl

New York, NY 10001

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EIN

11-2940331

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Cancer (G30)

Pediatrics (G98)

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camp simcha and camp simcha special

Chai Lifeline maintains a network of over twenty-four year-round support services and programs with a distinct, family-centered approach. Programs are offered free of charge. Professional case managers work intensively with each family to determine needs, provide assistance, referrals and advocacy, and act as portals to accessing all Chai Lifeline services. Chai Lifeline provides trained volunteer "Big Brothers" and "Big Sisters" to ailing children and/or their siblings; tutoring to homebound and hospitalized children; "ChaiLink" teleconferencing hookups between children and their schools; "ChaiLine" telephone support groups for parents; insurance support services; "Make-A-Wish" programs, toy drives, holiday parties and special events for the entire family; an annual Disney World trip and "Wish at the Wall", a trip to Israel for adolescents who are at least one-year post-treatment and a parent; family retreats; and bereavement services for parents who have lost a child. Chai Lifeline's flagship programs are Camp Simcha, named in memory of Dr Samuel Abraham, and Camp Simcha Special, named in memory of Zvi Dovid Obstfeld. These camps bring the magic of overnight camping to children with cancer and other hematological illnesses(Camp Simcha) and children with severe chronic or genetic conditions (Camp Simcha Special). They are the only kosher camps in the world capable of meeting the medical and social needs of seriously ill children who require continual medical management. Other recently inaugurated programs include Chai Family Centers, a network of six community-based counseling centers where any member of a family affected by pediatric illness or the illness or death of a young parent can receive free, confidential counseling, and Chai House, residential accommodations and peer support for parents and siblings of inpatients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Project C.H.A.I. (Chizuk, Healing and Intervention) provides a number of bereavement services, including school-based interventions following an untimely death in a school community, and trained volunteers to provide support in the hours, days and weeks following an untimely death.

Population(s) Served

Chai Lifeline’s emotional, social, and family support programs help family members maintain optimism and daily routines through the acute and long-term phases of illness. When children are hospitalized, Chai Lifeline provides emotional support, meals, respite volunteers who entertain patients and enable parents to leave a child’s bedside for a few hours or overnight, medical information and referrals, and case management services. Family services also include insurance advocacy, which helps parents understand their policies and advocates for benefits; counseling for ill children, their siblings and parents; tutoring for children who miss school as a result of illness or disability; meals and housekeeping assistance during medical crises; and home respite volunteers. Chai Lifeline’s active Big Brother and Big Sister program offers sick children and their siblings the friendship of a caring and compassionate young adult whose constant contact and visits help maintain the spirits of children overwhelmed by the stress of illness in their home. Chai Lifeline also offers crisis intervention and bereavement services for families, schools, and communities after an untimely death.

Population(s) Served

Chai Lifeline offers crisis intervention when a child is first diagnosed with a serious illness or when a child, young parent, or teacher suffers an untimely death. These services include:

 

Consultation with schools to provide information and programmatic suggestions:

Classroom interventions to educate children on a child's illness or enable children to respond to an untimely death;

Seminars and meetings with schools, camps, and community institutions following a traumatic death in the community.

 

Chai Lifeline also trains "first responders" in communities. These first responders are on the scene within hours of an untimely death to help families in the first hours, days, and weeks. They work together with Chai Lifeline's professionals to provide crisis intervention services to schools, camps, and community groups.

Population(s) Served

Chai Lifeline's year-round activities infuse lives impacted by serious illness with joy and fun. Counselor-led activities range from trips to professional sporting events, museums, and cultural events to creative arts and scavenger hunts around the city. Siblings get in on the fun as well with special sibling clubs that give them special time with trained counselors and offer opportunities for peer friendships. Family days at amusement parks and other venues enable parents and children to enjoy time together, to network with others who share their experiences, and to enjoy stress-free trips not always possible when a child is ill or disabled.
 
Chai Lifeline's newest recreational program, Friends 'n Fun weekends, encourages communities to host groups of children together with counselors for a weekend filled with activities and amity. The children have a wonderful time in a supervised environment, and their parents have a weekend of respite from the 24/7 job of taking care of a very sick child.

Population(s) Served

i-Shine gives children living with illness or loss in their homes a safe, secure after-school program when their parents can't be home.
 
Activities include homework assistance, active recreation, creative arts, holiday parties, and special events. Volunteer counselors plan and implement activities that help children build friendships with one another and with the caring adults around them. The program includes daily snacks and dinner, and it is all overseen by a licensed social worker and teachers.

Population(s) Served

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Chai-Life Line dba Chai Lifeline Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/13/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mendel Brill

no affiliation

Mordy Rothberg Board Member

Lenny Glass Board Member

Mendel Brill Chairman

Moshe Taub Board Member

Nachman Goodman Board Member

Sol Mayer Presidium

David Jemal Presidium

Allen Ganz Board Member

Sherwood Schwarz Board Member

Joseph B. Sprung Chairman of Executive Committee

David Klein Board Member

Larry Spiewak Presidium

Menachem Lubinsky Board Member

Glenn Cohn Board Member

Edward I. Klar Board Member

Shimmy Bertram Board Member

Daniel Weingarten Board Member

Sam Gross Board Member

Mechel Berger Board Member

David Lipins Board Member

Robert Rimberg Board Member