"Supportive Community" Program
Manager: Alexandra Hornstein Naamat
Winner of the Prize for Excellence from the “Shalem” Foundation for Operation of a Unique Program, 2002.
The prize was awarded jointly to the staff of Chimes Israel
and the Department of Services for Developmental Disabilities,
Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Chimes Israel, in cooperation with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa was the first in Israel to operate this innovative and unique program supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live independently in their homes and communities.
The program is intended to preserve the quality of life for people with special needs who live independently and run their own households. It helps them deal with potentially dangerous situations and possible neglect. The program allows them to remain in their natural environment, at home and in their communities, eliminating the need to remove them from their surroundings and find arrangements outside their homes.
The program has been in existence for about 10 years now and has served as an innovative model which has been copied by other municipalities. In 2010, Chimes Israel was awarded the tender to operate this program in Petach Tikva.
The goals of the program:
- To allow people with special needs (intellectually and developmentally delayed) to reach their full potential by developing independent living skills.
- To offer the possibility to people with special needs to live as normal a life as possible in their own natural environment.
- To create a support network for people with special needs who live in an independent household, providing continuous supervision and intervention as needed.
The staff is comprised of counselors and social workers who work closely with the Welfare and Social Service Departments of the local authorities. There are two coordinators who are responsible for accompanying, supporting and assisting the adults participants in the program.
These coordinators perform assessments regarding the needs of each client in all facets of their daily lives, including employment, residence, recreational time and are responsible for formulating a rehabilitation program together with the clients’ guardians, the community social workers and other relevant professionals.
Ha’Arad 13, Ramat HaChayal, Tel Aviv