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Welfare

The birth rate in Beitar Ilit is one of the highest in the country, and stands at 1,800 annual births. Children comprise approximately 63% of the total population in the city – the highest percentage of children in any city in Israel.

The welfare department serves over 1,255 families, which translates into 6,182 people. Around one fifth of all families in Beitar are assisted by the welfare department.

According to the national program, the number of children at risk is 2,136, between the ages of preschool and high-school.

 

The department serves the following target populations:

Children and adolescents at risk
Parents who are struggling in their parental performance
•  Children and adolescents exposed to abuse or injury
Families dealing with various complicated health issues, who are struggling financially and functionally
Families interested in undergoing changes in their household running

There are certain unique factors which the Beitar Ilit welfare department has to take into consideration:
Accelerated growth
Low socio-economic status
Large families
Cooperation with various community rabbis
High community involvement, including a wide range community activists
A developing, growing city
Accelerated growth of services and responses simultaneously

 

These unique characteristics present the department staff with constant professional challenges in its daily activities.
The department's social services in a Haredi city is not something to take for granted, but necessitates a great deal of patience, tolerance, and cultural adaptation in order to built lasting trust with the families and the community as a whole.

Additionally, the social worker's interaction with large families places him\her in a challenging position and necessitates extra intensive work, with particular budgetary adjustment and treatment, despite the budget being extremely tight.

In the passing year, the welfare department has dealt with several families who were coping with complicated health related issues, both physical and mental.

The developmentally delayed population in the city is growing rapidly, and an efficient system to deal with these developments is crucial.
The welfare department is responsible for transportation to and from the special rehabilitation centers for children under the age of 3, as well as the transportation of several adults who need to reach their various occupational centers outside the city.

The latest developments have brought about a joint program between the welfare department and the "Marpeh L'Nefesh" mental health clinic for the benefit of the mentally disabled residents. The clinic, which operates dozens of hostels and community programs for the rehabilitation of the mentally unstable, has been open to the requests of the municipality and has made a professional, friendly staff available to the local residents in need of their services.

 

Despite the relatively low number of elderly in the city, the welfare department is determined to upgrade its services to this important and special sector of society.

The international program for children and youth at risk


During this past year, most of the planned programs selected by the settlement committees for children and youth at risk have begun the implementation phase. The welfare

department takes an active role in many of the programs.


As of lately, the "Lev Shome'a" organization has undertaken to coordinate all treatments available for youth at risk in the city.
The organization, which has a wide known reputation of excellence in the field of youth at risk, together with a rabbinical committee and the welfare department, opened a branch in the city where all services are concentrated and offered within the framework established by the municipality.
Currently, a family treatment center is being established in the city where the Path to Parenthood program assisting preschool aged children and their parents, will be operated, among others.

Additionally, the "Nocham" program is in its final stages of implementation; a unique program aimed at assisting Haredi youth who have disconnected themselves from their previously religious lifestyle.
 
In a joint effort with the National Insurance Institute and the Rashi Fund, the municipality operates a drop-in center for adolescent girls. Additionally, 2 multi-purpose centers are operated in the city, in Hills A and B.