The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has recently announced a contribution of $150,000 to the first Teenage Girls’ Crisis Center in Israel. It serves girls at risk from ages 13 to 18 nationwide, from all religious backgrounds, who have experienced childhood traumas stemming from various adverse social conditions, including poverty, family dysfunction, violence in the home, and parents who suffer from drug abuse and alcohol addiction.
The Crisis Center is located at the Neve Michael Children’s Village in Pardes Hana, and operated under the auspices of Emunah, the National Religious Women’s Organization. The Village contains the only multidisciplinary children’s home in Israel, which provides refuge and a caring home for over 250 children and youth at risk. It has a 24-hour Emergency Crisis Center and an Elementary School on the premises, Day Care facilities that also serve disadvantaged children in the area, a Therapy Enrichment Center tailored to meet the individual needs of the children, and an External Crisis Center and Therapy Counseling Unit which seek to keep families in crisis intact.
IFCJ has provided this gift through The Fellowship’s Guardians of Israel program, which provides food, clothing, shelter, housing, and other urgent needs for all Israelis, including children and the elderly, who are suffering from the effects of poverty, terrorism, and war.