American Friends of Neve Hanna Inc

Changing Children's Lives

aka Neve Hanna   |   Oakland Gardens, NY   |  www.afnevehanna.org

Mission

The American Friends of Neve Hanna is the non-profit children’s organization associated with the Neve Hanna Children’s Home in Kiryat Gat, Israel. For 50 years, Neve Hanna has provided a warm and loving home for children from disadvantaged and dysfunctional families. With its successful individualized therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna offers every child the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged. Through the therapies, we help our children overcome past traumatic experiences and educate them to become responsible, independent and productive adults.

Ruling year info

1991

Co-President/CEO

Janet Tobin

Co-President

Irwin Tobin

Main address

PO Box 640685

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364-0685 USA

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EIN

13-3601919

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From its beginnings in 1974, Neve Hanna Children's Home has provided a warm and loving home for children from disadvantaged and dysfunctional families. With its successful therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna enriches its children with a wide variety of individualized therapeutic programs and extracurricular activities --- providing a nurturing and supportive family environment. Neve Hanna offers these children the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Horticultural Therapy / Sandy's Greenhouse

The children learn and work in the field of Horticulture, involving the practice of growing and caring for plants for therapeutic and educational reasons. A horticultural therapist works with the children who benefit mentally and physically from the interaction of plants. Children develop a greater sense of self- worth and confidence. Gardening provides a socially acceptable stress release and acts as a creative outlet.

Our children were involved enthusiastically for over a year in our greenhouse project, when we soon realized that we should explore gardening/horticultural therapy for the mental and physical well-being of our children and teenagers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

A variety of issues and feelings are addressed without the need for verbal expression through the interaction between the animal, the child and the therapist. Many children are naturally connected to animals. Using the animal, the child can “send” messages out of their own world to the therapist.

For Neve Hanna children, this is much more than a place where they can watch, feed and pet the animals. It is the place where they have animal-assisted therapy. During therapy, animal-assisted therapists watch children interact with the animals and interpret their behavioral patterns.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The in-house bakery is an integral part of daily life of the children’s home. Founded as an educational project with self-supportive aspects, it offers the children the chance to work at the bakery; from preparing dough to the baking process. They also learn professional aspects of running a business.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

A unique program designed for children and parents to improve their relationship, with less stress, interaction and communication by learning to bake bread together. Children and their parents learn the art of baking bread and pastries. They are introduced to ingredients, nutrition matters and healthy diet.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Parents
Families
At-risk youth

This group program helps teens who are in need of intensive and frequent support to facilitate a framework to deal with questions concerning development. Within this framework we cover subjects such as self-image, friendships and partnerships, drugs and addictions, sexuality, social media and privacy. Our program’s goal is to provide the teens with the necessary tools and skills to enable them to live a healthy adult life once they leave Neve Hanna.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Streetlight operates by the motto: “The best thing in the world is to do good deeds for others.

Teens can help make a difference to others by giving back to the community. The children plan, fundraise, purchase and pack parcels with food supplies for disadvantaged families in the community. The program teaches our children the value of young leadership, social activism, community outreach, volunteerism, tolerance, mutual respect, friendship, teamwork and giving and sharing.

The children can join Streetlight, at the age of 12 or 13, after their B’nai Mitzvah. They take care of all the logistics, the fundraising, planning, purchasing and packing of the parcels with basic food supplies for families in need in their area as well as the distribution. They commit their free time volunteering two evenings a week. One evening is educational learning and discussing social activism, tolerance, mutual respect, giving and sharing, friendship and how they can grow into young leadership roles.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Founded as an educational self-support project. There is a professional librarian to supervise, educate and offer on the job vocational training for our teens. The Library fosters a love of reading and study, discovery of subjects and authors, provides a new vocational training, instills interpersonal skills and inspires the pursuit of higher education.

Our campaign goal is to raise $80,000 needed to construct the library in its existing space, fill the shelves with books that are timely, important and inspiring, and to professionally staff the library. A book that inspires a Neve Hanna child to become the next Israeli astronaut or physician, novelist or painter, teacher or social worker, could be one that you buy and donate.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

A special project for 30 teenage boys and girls. Professionally guided group activities on the beach and in the sea are offered around topics such as perseverance, mastering challenges and personal willpower. The youngsters discover new worlds by swimming and rowing, surfing and sailing.

Ziv Neurim will empower our youth at risk, enabling them to grow and realize their potential. We will be using educational activities in the challenging environment of the sea which boost their personal and social skills, integrate them into a social and educational group framework, impart the values of good citizenship and active involvement in the community and the preservation of nature and the quality of the environment.

The Core Elements:
Perseverance, Personal coping, Discipline, Personal responsibility, Physical fitness, Self reliance, Team work, Facing fears and challenges, Overcoming obstacles and experience.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

An equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of the children. Provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation and leisure. Horses have the ability to mirror the feelings of the child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With its successful therapeutic programs and projects, Neve Hanna Children’s Home strives to meet all the physical, emotional, mental and educational needs of its children. Neve Hanna enriches its children with a wide variety of individualized therapeutic programs and extracurricular activities --- providing a nurturing and supportive family environment. Neve Hanna offers these children the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged.

We help raise the essential funds for state of the art therapies such as play therapy, animal and riding therapy as well as art therapy enable children to deal with events and to cope with fears and conflicts that are often impossible to talk about and to put into words. In a child-friendly way, solutions to conflicts can be found and social behavior can be practiced.

American Friends of Neve Hanna raises funds to help provide the Neve Hanna Children's Home psychological services, state of the art therapies, extracurricular activities, social workers, special tutors, religious instruction, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, holiday outings, birthday parties, services of a rabbi who educates and guides the children in their spiritual development, and the maintenance and development of the campus and so much more.

Neve Hanna Children's Home is among the institutions which were allowed to fully function even in times of severe restrictions during Covid-19 pandemic. Its emergency program worked with no cases of infection and “kept the children on track.” Nevertheless, the situation requires special measures, since traumatized children need help with a variety of emotional, mental, educational, social and other challenges. From mid-May to mid-June, we all had to learn to live alongside the virus and organize accordingly. During this time, Neve Hanna Children's Home started to reunite the children with their parents and integrate daycare children, who during the crisis could not come in, and are now back into the routine. Presently, we pay special attention to psychological needs and schooling, since the NH children start off with a gap. Education is a major aspect giving them a brighter outlook into the future, a chance for social mobility, breaking the cycles they came from.

In December 2020, American Friends of Neve Hanna founded and launched the Buy a Book, Build a Library campaign to raise funds for the new library at the Neve Hanna Children's Home. The Neve Hanna Library will have many benefits: Foster a love of study and reading, provide a new kind of vocational training, instill interpersonal skills and inspire the pursuit of higher education. The Library will serve as an educational project and a self-support project. There will be a professional Librarian to supervise and educate the children and offer on the job training for our teens. This will give the teens the education, experience and job skills to pursue a career in Library Science. Under the tutelage of a professional in library science, they’ll learn to care for and catalog books, and what it takes to become librarians themselves.

Financials

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American Friends of Neve Hanna Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Janet Tobin

American Friends of Neve Hanna

Term: 1991 -


Board co-chair

Irwin Tobin

American Friends of Neve Hanna

Term: 1991 -

Evelyn Auerbach

Heddy Belman

Ilene Berman

Rabbi Joseph & Erica Brodie

Phyllis Brody

Burton Citak

Lawrence Cohn

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

Cameron Fields

Rabbi Michael & Cindy Greenbaum

Judith & Donald Horowitz

Joan Kase Riger

Sandra Koppell

Rafi Lipshitz

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner

Margie Miller

Stanley Miller

Ahuva Oko

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Ellen Shapiro

Dr. Aviva Tobin-Hess

Robin Tobin-Hess

Gilit Ullman Stein

Jonathan Ullmann

Rita & Barry Wertlieb

Rabbi Ellen Wolintz-Fields

Debbie Zaluda

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Cameron Fields

Rafi Lipschitz

Susan Hammer

Debbi Kaner Goldich

Allan Gottesman

Sylvia Lubliner z"l

Rabbi Jill Kreitman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data