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SHEKEL Milestones

1979 - SHEKEL founded and first apartment opened

 

 

1982 - Another four apartments opened

 

 

1984 - First apartment for autistic residents opened

 

 

1989 - Respite and Crisis Cneter opened

 

 

1990 - Social Club opened for blind people

 

 

1991 - First apartment in East Jerusalem opened

 

 

1992 - Afternoon program in 8 special education schools opened

 

 

1993 - Cultural and Leisure clubs opened, "Si'im Program founded

 

 

1994 - Vocational Rehabilitation Program founded, providing sheltered and supported work opportunities

 

 

1995 - Child Development Unit opened in East Jerusalem

          Multi-purpose Center for Ultra-Orthodox opened shelter and Rehabilitation Center for Homeless

     founded

 

 

1997 - Production lines opened for cartons and silk-screening. First apartment opened for severely

multiple handicapped children, "Benafshenu", Mental Health Program, opened

 

 

1998 - Isreal Center for Accessibility founded, Child Development Unit opened in Rahat

 

 

1999 - Production lines for candles opened, Hostel for Severely Multiple Disabled Children opened in

Petah Tikva

 

 

2000 - Production line for soaps opened

 

 

2001 - Child-Parent Center opened

 

 

2004 - Haifa Hearing Center opened

 

 

2006 - First apartment for residents with Asperger Syndrome opened

Vocational Rehabilitation Center opened in Shoham

Trauma Treatment Center for Abused People with Disabilities opened

 

 

2007 - Petah Tikva Day Center opened

 

 

2008 - SHEKEL - The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Vocational Rehabilitation Building and Legacy

Heritage Vocational Center opened

 

 

2009 - Afternoon program expanded to 18 special education schools.

Sewing Workshop opened

Today Community Housing Program operates 80 apartments

 

International Programs

 

 

1999 - Program opened to integrate children with special needs in Kindergrtens in Moscow

 

 

1998-2000 - Photography Exhibition "Born as Equals" exhibited in Poland, Norway and USA

 

 

2001 - Counsultation on developing services for people with special needs in Serbia

 

 

2002 - Play "Don Quixote" and art exhibit shown in Poland

 

 

2004 - SHEKEL actors participate in Mediterranean countries conference in Spain

 

All this could not have been possible without the assistance and donations of our firends and supporters in Israel and abroad. Join the SHEKEL Family and open your hearts to the thousands of amazing children and young adults with special needs in our care.

 

 

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