American Friends of Neve Hanna Inc

Changing Children's Lives

aka Neve Hanna   |   Oakland Gardens, NY   |  www.afnevehanna.org

Mission

The American Friends of Neve Hanna is the non-profit children’s organization associated with the Neve Hanna Children’s Home in Kiryat Gat, Israel. For 50 years, Neve Hanna has provided a warm and loving home for children from disadvantaged and dysfunctional families. With its successful individualized therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna offers every child the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged. Through the therapies, we help our children overcome past traumatic experiences and educate them to become responsible, independent and productive adults.

Ruling year info

1991

Co-President/CEO

Janet Tobin

Co-President

Irwin Tobin

Main address

PO Box 640685

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364-0685 USA

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EIN

13-3601919

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From its beginnings in 1974, Neve Hanna Children's Home has provided a warm and loving home for children from disadvantaged and dysfunctional families. With its successful therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna enriches its children with a wide variety of individualized therapeutic programs and extracurricular activities --- providing a nurturing and supportive family environment. Neve Hanna offers these children the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Horticultural Therapy / Sandy's Greenhouse

Our children were involved enthusiastically for over a year in our greenhouse project, when we soon realized that we should explore gardening/horticultural therapy for the mental and physical well-being of our children and teenagers.

Gardening/Horticultural Therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In physical rehabilitation, Gardening/Horticultural Therapy can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance. In vocational Gardening/Horticultural Therapy settings, people learn to work independently, problem solve, and follow directions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A variety of issues and feelings are addressed without the need for verbal expression through the interaction between the animal, the child and the therapist.

For Neve Hanna children, this is much more than a place where they can watch, feed and pet the animals. It is the place where they have animal-assisted therapy. During therapy, animal-assisted therapists watch children interact with the animals and interpret their behavioral patterns.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Offers the children an introduction into the
adult world of productivity and to learn basic
professional, social and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A unique program designed for children and parents to improve their interaction and communication by learning how to bake bread together.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Parents

This group program helps teens who are in
need of intensive and frequent support to
facilitate a framework to deal with questions concerning development.

Population(s) Served

Music therapists use music and its forms to help improve health in many skill areas. Each child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

Music as one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and its forms – physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual – to help improve health in several domains, such as mental functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The art and science of photography is taught in order for the children to capture and create images. This activity will give the children a feeling of self-worth and success.

Therapeutic Photography is an accessible means of communications, for people to share their thoughts, viewpoints, frustrations and joys. A visual diary can also serve as a way to help one chart, document and reflect on his or her journey. It involves taking, analyzing and using photos for the purpose of personal healing, growth, or understanding, whether done consciously or unconsciously. Children learn about the healing power of photography and how it can help them better express, understand and overcome obstacles, anxiety and depression.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Streetlight operates by the motto: “The best thing in the world is to do good deeds for others.

In 2009, with the initiative of a staff member, a group gathered, to begin a Teenage “Good Deeds” Youth Welfare Club where the children could be actively involved and engaged in Tikkun Olam, a Jewish way of giving and doing for others.

Until now, at Neve Hanna, these teens only experienced “receiving,” so it was clear that this would be a perfect opportunity to have them reverse roles and experience “giving.” This resulted in founding the first SACHI (Sayeret Chesed Yechudit) group ever in Neve Hanna. Over the years, it developed into an Israeli nationwide youth movement.

In 2019, under the strong leadership of Neve Hanna’s director, Itzik Bohadana, the Neve Hanna branch of this youth welfare club movement became independent aiming to develop a program reflecting the uniqueness of the Neve Hanna Children´s Home. Thus, Streetlight was born.

“We at Neve Hanna believe in Giving as a way of life. We reshape our children from being the beneficiaries to being donors and contributors to their community. The children who are in-need are now making a difference in the community. At the same time, we stress the importance of strengthening the self-image and self-value of the child in their own eyes as well as in the eyes of the community they are part of,” said Itzik Bohadana, Director at Neve Hanna and initiator of Panas Rehov

The children can join Streetlight, at the age of 12 or 13, after their B’nai Mitzvah. They take care of all the logistics, the fundraising, planning, purchasing and packing of the parcels with basic food supplies for families in need in their area as well as the distribution. They commit their free time volunteering two evenings a week. One evening is educational learning and discussing social activism, tolerance, mutual respect, giving and sharing, friendship and how they can grow into young leadership roles. Committing to values is a learned experience.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Neve Hanna Children’s Home library will serve as an educational project and a self-support project. There will be a professional Librarian to supervise and educate the children and offer on the job training for our teens. This will give the teens the education, experience and job skills to pursue a career in Library Science.

The Neve Hanna Library will have many benefits: Foster a love of study and reading, provide a new kind of vocational training, instill interpersonal skills and inspire the pursuit of higher education.

Our campaign goal is to raise the essential funds to Build a Library, fill it with a 1,000 books and staff it professionally. Neve Hanna has done so much to empower its children. When you join our campaign, you help us do so much more. It all begins with one book and YOU.

The books that will be chosen thanks to your donations — may inspire them to pursue studies in biology, education, medicine, astronomy and a myriad of other subjects, and to continue learning at the university level. A book that inspires a Neve Hanna child to become the next astronaut or physician, novelist or painter, teacher or social worker, could be one that you buy and donate. Your participation in the Library Campaign will help make a difference in the lives of the children. When you buy a book, you'll help build a library----and empower the children for a better future.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status

Empowering our youth at risk, enabling them to grow and realize their potential. We will be using educational activities in the challenging environment of the sea which boost the personal and social abilities of the children. Under the guidance of a skilled marine training team, and our social workers, Isheh and Michal, Ziv Neurim’s approach in its Path of the Sea program is based on strengthening teen self-image, building up their ability to cope with stressful situations, creating positive experiences and encouraging them to persevere and cope with obstacles.

The Core Elements:
Perseverance, Personal coping, Discipline, Personal responsibility, Physical fitness, Self reliance, Team work, Facing fears and challenges, Overcoming obstacles and experience.

Each element is implemented via a series of values expressed in the marine activity, using the range of sea craft, such as kayaks, SUPs, surfing and windsurfing, sailing and diving.
www.afnevehanna.org/ziv-neurim

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With its successful therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna enriches its children with a wide variety of individualized therapeutic programs and extracurricular activities --- providing a nurturing and supportive family environment. Neve Hanna offers these children the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged.

We help raise the essential funds for state of the art therapies such as play therapy, animal and riding therapy as well as art therapy enable children to deal with events and to cope with fears and conflicts that are often impossible to talk about and to put into words. In a child-friendly way, solutions to conflicts can be found and social behavior can be practiced.

American Friends of Neve Hanna raises funds to help provide the Neve Hanna Children's Home psychological services, state of the art therapies, extracurricular activities, social workers, special tutors, religious instruction, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, holiday outings, birthday parties, services of a rabbi who educates and guides the children in their spiritual development, and the maintenance and development of the campus and so much more.

Neve Hanna Children's Home is among the institutions which were allowed to fully function even in times of severe restrictions during Covid-19 pandemic. Its emergency program worked with no cases of infection and “kept the children on track.” Nevertheless, the situation requires special measures, since traumatized children need help with a variety of emotional, mental, educational, social and other challenges. From mid-May to mid-June, we all had to learn to live alongside the virus and organize accordingly. During this time, Neve Hanna Children's Home started to reunite the children with their parents and integrate daycare children, who during the crisis could not come in, and are now back into the routine. Presently, we pay special attention to psychological needs and schooling, since the NH children start off with a gap. Education is a major aspect giving them a brighter outlook into the future, a chance for social mobility, breaking the cycles they came from.

In December 2020, American Friends of Neve Hanna founded and launched the Buy a Book, Build a Library campaign to raise funds for the new library at the Neve Hanna Children's Home. The Neve Hanna Library will have many benefits: Foster a love of study and reading, provide a new kind of vocational training, instill interpersonal skills and inspire the pursuit of higher education. The Library will serve as an educational project and a self-support project. There will be a professional Librarian to supervise and educate the children and offer on the job training for our teens. This will give the teens the education, experience and job skills to pursue a career in Library Science. Under the tutelage of a professional in library science, they’ll learn to care for and catalog books, and what it takes to become librarians themselves.

Financials

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American Friends of Neve Hanna Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Janet Tobin

American Friends of Neve Hanna

Term: 1991 -


Board co-chair

Irwin Tobin

American Friends of Neve Hanna

Term: 1991 -

Evelyn Auerbach

Heddy Belman

Ilene Berman

Rabbi Joseph & Erica Brodie

Phyllis Brody

Burton Citak

Lawrence Cohn

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

Cameron Fields

Rabbi Michael & Cindy Greenbaum

Judith & Donald Horowitz

Joan Kase Riger

Sandra Koppell

Rafi Lipshitz

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner

Margie Miller

Stanley Miller

Ahuva Oko

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Ellen Shapiro

Dr. Aviva Tobin-Hess

Robin Tobin-Hess

Gilit Ullman Stein

Jonathan Ullmann

Rita & Barry Wertlieb

Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields

Debbie Zaluda

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Cameron Fields

Rafi Lipschitz

Susan Hammer

Debbi Kaner Goldich

Allan Gottesman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data