Dassi once dreamed big
She dreamed of becoming a nature photographer and writing poetry. She has an unusually keen eye, the soul of an artist, deep discernment and high emotional intelligence. Despite all this (or maybe because of it – who knows?) she could not find her place in the school system and had frequent clashes with her parents.
Things began to snowball quickly and before she knew it, she found herself... on the street. She spent night after night with Gili who dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, with Chaya and Nechama who were not busy dreaming – they just wanted to survive the night while longing for a feeling of "home". Mostly she found herself deeply pained and mortally insulted.
She bounced from one dormitory to another, came back home and was thrown out again. Even when she had a roof over her head and some hot food, she didn't really believe that she stood a chance to succeed.
And maybe that's what she lacked most of all: the belief that things could be different. That she could really go far.
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Simply a home
The first step is to give each of the girls her basic needs: a place to lay her head, nutritious food, clothes and a loving hug. These are the seeds from which serenity, faith and success will sprout.
In each of our homes, a social worker provides the girls with professional support, a house mother is responsible for the day-to-day running of the home and a team of counselors serve as 'big sisters' for the young women.
We emphasize instilling the value of independent living. Our girls shop for their own groceries in keeping with the household budget, prepare meals under the guidance of the house mother and take turns sharing the household chores. This is how they learn to plan their steps wisely and acquire important life skills.
The girls enjoy various leisure activities throughout the year, an action-packed summer vacation and nature hikes.
Our homes are open 365 days a year, including Shabbos and Yom Tov, investing much thought and care to create a happy, homey atmosphere. This is how we give our girls the tools to run their own happy, healthy homes – for the sake of their future generations!
To become strong and to dream
Building emotional resilience is a critical step. When a girl has positive experiences and enjoys the sweet taste of success, she gets the strength to dream and achieve.
We provide our young women with a wide range of support services that includes individual and group therapy, individual guidance and a variety of workshops and enrichment classes. These enable each young woman to cultivate faith in herself and trust in her environment
We invest heavily in providing tools for building a personal spiritual identity through lectures, workshops and seminars, and in strengthening community affiliation – all of our homes are located within the community.
A central, significant part of our program, is a high-quality preparation for building a family which includes seminars on the Jewish home, workshops on dating, forming healthy concept about marriage and more.
Personal development space:
Now that the girls are standing on firm ground, the time has come to spread their wings… When a young woman already starts to dream big, we give her the tools to achieve and to make it big.
Guidance leading to personal growth begins with making the best career and professional training choices and then later, with integrating successfully into the world of work. We operate in conjunction with a variety of institutions and match each young woman with the career training course that best suits her.
Building a career includes help her through the job search stage, preparing for job interviews, advancing career assessment and assistance in receiving government benefits. Even after she has landed a job, we continue to be at her side until she feels secure in her successful integration. From this stage and onward – the sky's the limit!
Even after marriage, we continue to support and guide our young women with counseling if necessary, hosting them on Shabbos and even financial assistance. Our sense of responsibility is the key to their success!
Yung women currently in the project
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The revolution will continue thanks to you!
At Morasha, we don't focus on the *risk* but rather the *opportunity* so that each young woman can feel empowered to succeed and to lead.
YOU can give us the power to be there for them!
Malkie, I don't know where to begin thanking you – you have given me so much! I never dreamed that a person could change so much... and in such a short period of time...
And now I know that it's possible, thanks to you!
You taught me that there are good people in the world!
First and foremost, you are the most special woman I have ever known.
It's wonderful for me to be in the apartment and I enjoy it here from every aspect.
With lots of love and endless appreciation,
I owe you a huge thanks for this entire period, for these two years. You have a big share in my spiritual and emotional development.
Thank you for helping me stay here, for understanding and accepting my needs.
I felt that you really wanted the best for me and gave me the space I needed.
With much love and appreciation,
I enjoy everything so much, each Shabbos and Yom Tov that makes my entire week different, the thought-out programs that I look forward to the entire week.
Little by little I am calming down, I can begin to think about myself, about my future. I hope to get stronger here and build myself up.
Thanks for everything.