OHELâ€™S New Five Towns Office Meets Increasing NeedsÂ of Everyday Individuals and Families in the Community
Proactive to both the immediate and developing needs in the community, OHEL Childrenâ€™s HomeÂ and Family Services has opened a local OHEL Community Services office at 125B Spruce Street,Â Cedarhurst â€“ in the Gourmet Glatt Shopping Center.
The storefront location provides a number of key services and provides a gateway to the world ofÂ OHEL care and programs. As David Mandel, CEO of OHEL and Five Towns resident conveys,Â â€śWhile OHEL is a pioneer in the provision of critical services to those with disability, or thoseÂ facing trauma or an acute crisis, OHEL is also a leader in the provision of services that helpÂ everyday individuals and families surmount everyday challenges.â€ť
Jay Kestenbaum, OHEL Vice-President and Five Towns resident adds that â€śWe believe thatÂ OHELâ€™s new Spruce Street office will additionally help to reduce the stigma often associated withÂ emotional and mental well-being.â€ť
With an aging baby boom generation and many children now facing the challenges of caringÂ for their elder parents, OHEL is providing a breadth of eldercare services to The Five TownsÂ community. These services include Geriatric Assessment, Care Coordination, Caregiver Support,Â as well as Information and Referral. As Harriet Blank, OHELâ€™s Director of Geriatric Services andÂ resident of The Five Towns remarks, â€śBeing a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs we will everÂ have. We need to learn skills and what questions we need to ask.â€ť
Camp Kaylie at OHEL, the groundbreaking integrated summer camp for kids of all abilities inÂ Wutrsboro, NY, has already attracted many campers and senior staff from The Five Towns.Â These include Rabbi Yitzy Haber, Program Director, Ayelet Katz, Girls Head of Sports andÂ Penina Ginsberg, Girls Head of Teen program as well as Rabbi Netanel Gralla, Boys HeadÂ Counselor who comments that, â€śBottom line, kinds want to have fun, and thatâ€™s where CampÂ Kaylie excels. We encourage interested parents or kids to meet staff or visit Spruce Street forÂ information or to register today!â€ť
Spruce Street will also play host to a number of upcoming events. These include â€śCaregivingÂ Tips and Coffeeâ€ť which will provide general advice to both children of senior parents and seniorsÂ themselves. â€śTantrums and Teaâ€ť will offer an informal and relaxed environment for mothers toÂ exchange challenges and concerns, while benefiting from shared parenting tips.
Under the direction of Sarah Kahan, a seasoned OHEL Social Worker, Spruce Street willÂ offer dynamic Adult Social Groups for individuals with disabilities. The groups will help nurtureÂ communication nd social skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. As Sarah comments,Â â€śOHEL has for many years conducted such social skills groups which have also facilitated datingÂ - and which in some cases has led to marriage.â€ť
OHELâ€™s Community Services at Spruce Street office will additionally offer information andÂ referral to both services and programs at The Elly and Brochie Kleinman OHEL Regional FamilyÂ Center in Far Rockaway, as well as all other services provided by OHELâ€™s other Regional FamilyÂ Centers.