OHEL Runs Another Successful Season of Winter Camps
OHEL Bais Ezra Provides Daily Trips for Children During School Winter Break
During the last week in December, many of the schools attended by members of OHEL Bais Ezra had winter break. This left many of the children serviced by OHEL at home with nothing to do. In order to fill this need for parents, the Special Projects department of OHEL Bais Ezra has created what is lovingly referred to as Winter Camp. Each day, over 40 children and young adults, ages 5-21, were able to go on an exciting day trip with the caring staff of OHEL Bais Ezra.
The Winter Camp program was run by OHELâ€™s dedicated staff, in addition to over 200 volunteers, consisting of girls from 16 different schools spanning Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. With the help of the staff and volunteers, over 150 children with disabilities were able to take part of in OHELâ€™s Winter Camp program.
They went on incredible trips including the New York Hall of Science, Laser Bounce, Woodmere Lanes and the Long Island Childrenâ€™s Museum. Â Throughout each dayâ€™s trips and events, many different people kept coming over the the OHEL group, and shared how impressed they were with the staff.
After spending the day at the New York Hall of Science, the security guard at the entrance informed the OHEL staff that he has a brother with special needs, and when he found out that the majority of the staff on their trip were volunteers, he was extremely impressed and thanked everyone profusely for the incredible work that they do.
The program was a great success, and in the words of Kuti Roberg, Senior Manager of OHELâ€™s Special Projects, â€śAt the end of each day both our campers and staff headed home with smiles on their faces and a bounce in their step. Seeing the smile on a childâ€™s face and hearing from the parents how appreciative they are that we are able to run these programs, are what make working and volunteering for OHEL Bais Ezra so rewardingâ€ť.
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. Driven by service excellence, OHELâ€™s professional staff meet the myriad social service needs of the general community, while at the same time providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community, including Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian speakers. Through highly-rated foster care, developmental disability, mental health, and other programs and services, OHEL provides supportive housing, treatment, care coordination, education, outreach and much more to elevate lives and strengthen individuals and communities in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, California and worldwide on the web. David Mandel is the CEO of OHEL.