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Every summer, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services provides a breadth of summer programs for hundreds of individuals. These camps and retreats allow adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities to relax and enjoy an array of retreat activities, and enable children challenged with... - October 07, 2018
The Annual Nine Days Conference at the Fallsview Estates Shul in the Catskills was sponsored by the United Task Force and co-sponsored by OHEL Children’s Home, Torah Umesorah and MASK. This year, they welcomed Dr. David Pelcovitz, who spoke about "Is Giving Our Children Everything Really Giving... - October 07, 2018
In June, OHEL’s ECMH professional team of staff, were one of the seven teams honored as guests at a celebratory luncheon at the NYU School of Law to acknowledge the ECMH network, and partners involved in the ECMH 2 year milestone of the program. - September 29, 2018
OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services Supported Housing program helps provide adults recovering from mental illness the support they need to live as independently as possible. OHEL’s supported housing units are located throughout the city to prevent a marginalizing clumping of people... - September 29, 2018
Addressing the significant increase in anxiety amongst both children and adults, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is partnering with HALB to pilot a prevention program for middle school students. - September 28, 2018
This summer OHEL began training to community First Responders including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, Shomrim, and Hatzalah members to educate responders on how to respond to a scene which includes someone diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. The training provides first-responders... - September 28, 2018
Sports and chinuch are staples of summer camp, but at Camp Kaylie, the one-of-a-kind inclusive summer camp of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, Torah learning isn't just another period on the schedule -- it's an activity that every single camper looks forward to every day with enthusiasm. - August 01, 2018
While many were getting ready to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday February 4th, OHEL Bais Ezra was bringing the joy of theater to over 100 individuals diagnosed with Autism and their families, at a special showing of the hit musical Wicked on Broadway. This program was made possible thanks to generous... - February 22, 2018
OHEL’s Trauma Team, which has years of experience in natural tragedies, continues to provide critical help to individuals, families, and schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. As many have personally experienced from Hurricane Irma, Sandy and other such natural disasters, the devastating effects... - December 28, 2017
OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. The race, which will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018, will have an expanded field of some 22,500 expected runners, and will feature a completely redesigned course, taking... - December 28, 2017
For many Sunday, November 5th was a cold and damp day to stay in-doors. But for Team OHEL’s dedicated NYC Marathon runners, who braved the rainy weather to raise funds and awareness for OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services, it was a day of endurance and victory. Thousands of people... - December 28, 2017
For OHEL individuals, Chanukah at OHEL is a warm, inviting and festive time of the year. From toy drives, Chanukah parties, to cookies for public service workers, OHEL staff and individuals of all backgrounds and abilities come together during the Festival of Lights to warm up the lives of hundreds. This... - December 28, 2017
On March 9th, 2018, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services will be participating in the renowned Jerusalem Marathon with the inauguration of Team OHEL Camp Kaylie. With a goal of over 100 runners in the first year, Team OHEL Camp Kaylie will run to raise money for Camp Kaylie, the premier inclusive... - December 28, 2017
Between new school stationary, notebook and clothing purchases, coupled with on-going preparation for the Chaggim, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Throw in kids coming off a summer high and the stress mounts for everyone. OHEL Bais Ezra’s End-of-Summer Programs for Children with Developmental... - October 20, 2017
OHEL’s Trauma Team, which has years of experience in natural tragedies, continues to provide critical help to individuals, families, and schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. As many have personally experienced from Hurricane Irma, Sandy and other such natural disasters, the devastating effects... - October 20, 2017
A New Chapter Begins: OHEL is Home is the theme for OHEL’s 48th Annual Gala, taking place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the New York Marriott Marquis. At OHEL, their book is filled with stories of perseverance, strength, and hope. This year, OHEL invites you to help write the next chapter in... - October 20, 2017
Following the highly successful Addictions Awareness event in Brooklyn, which saw hundreds in attendance, OHEL and Amudim are again providing an awareness event in the Catskills this Shabbos, July 14th, including Motsei Shabbos. - July 13, 2017
On Sunday, May 21, over 550 participants, including 70 individuals with disabilities, and 71 teams, courageously ran, climbed, jumped, muscled, crawled and even swam through 35 obstacles at OXC, the one-of-a-kind mud run-style obstacle race at OHEL’s beautiful Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, NY. - June 11, 2017
This year the 18th Annual Rebbetzins’ Conference was held on Wednesday May 10 2017 at the Agudath Israel Bais Binyomin, in Brooklyn. - May 17, 2017
Embracing sweat but no tears, from ages 6 to 60+ years, a record number of men, women, families, students and OHEL individuals – everyone of different abilities, will once again be a part of oXc, the one-of-a-kind mud-run style obstacle race at OHEL’s beautiful Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, NY. What... - May 13, 2017
OHEL has received many inquiries regarding the recently released Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” which has become popular with many adolescents. The show depicts very sensitive themes of teen suicide, depression, rape, bullying and shaming. There has been much criticism of the series,... - May 13, 2017
OHEL Bais Ezra, a leading provider of innovative services for those on the Autism project recently organized an inaugural Autism Family Day. Over 100 people – individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum together with their parents and siblings, joined OHEL to see the Broadway show Aladdin. The... - May 13, 2017
Policy makers, elected officials, advocates and community activists gathered for the 4th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday morning, March 31st The event strove to acknowledge the breadth of services and the impact OHEL makes in various communities and further break down various stigmas that often... - April 06, 2017
Moishe Hellman and Mel Zachter Co-Presidents of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services announce the appointment of Alan Secter as the new Chief Development Officer of OHEL. - April 05, 2017
OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is thrilled to have been approved by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities of New York (OPWDD) to open an additional home for a number of young men with developmental disabilities in the New York area. The only people even happier are the... - March 02, 2017
REST, the Resilience and Emotional Support Team, is a new initiative by the Department of Health: Mental Health (DOHMH) to create a mental health response team that is mobilized and deployed during disasters or public health emergencies. REST volunteers can be deployed during hurricanes, building collapses,... - February 25, 2017
Renee Jeret was a loving wife and mother who touched the lives of all who knew her. What many do not know, is that Renee was also a dedicated and loving OHEL foster parent. Together with her husband Yossi, they forever enriched and transformed the lives of many children, who came from homes of abuse... - January 13, 2017
OHEL’s Morris Pinsky Simcha Program Helps Match-Up People with Disabilities—and Change Community Perception of Mental Illness and Disability The young man or woman you meet in shul or at a social event doesn’t seem much different than your typical thirty something. Every shul, and... - January 11, 2017
At OHEL, Chanukah starts early with the Annual Toy Drive. Together with the Daniella Moffson Foundation and many local schools, hundreds of gifts were donated to the children and families of OHEL. And this was just the beginning. The start of Chanukah saw the many residents in OHEL Bais Ezra and OHEL... - January 11, 2017
A capacity crowd of 1,100 OHEL friends, supporters and family members packed the grand ballroom of New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square on Sunday, November 20th to mark OHEL’s 47th Annual Gala themed “If OHEL’S Walls Could Talk.” OHEL’s new feature film,... - December 08, 2016
Sunday, November 6th was a bright, brisk fall day that presented people with two choices: to cozy up with hot chocolate and warm sweaters or try and conquer the TCS New York City Marathon. Among those intrepid enough to opt for the latter were a dozen dedicated and inspirational runners comprising Team... - November 12, 2016
After 47 years, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has out-grown its administrative offices at 4510 16th Avenue, Brooklyn. The temporary move to downtown Brooklyn at 147 Prince St will largely house Administrative staff as OHEL plans for its move to its new building on Avenue M in Flatbush... - October 08, 2016
If OHEL’s Walls Could Talk is the theme of OHEL’s 47th Annual Gala, on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the New York Marriott Marquis. It speaks to both the cries for help, and the words of comfort that OHEL provides, and the new walls of the Jaffa Family Campus that will enable OHEL... - October 08, 2016
OHEL is proud to announce that the Mel and Phyllis Zachter OHEL Institute for Training is one of the first institutions to be recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for both Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. - October 07, 2016
OHEL provides a breadth of school-based services which include teacher workshops and training seminars that addresses issues from bullying prevention, challenges of trauma, mental health awareness, to optimizing the school environment so that children of divorce can better thrive. On August 31st 2016... - September 09, 2016
OHEL’s Annual Summer Trip Brings Hope and Happiness Into the New Year This past week, OHEL’s Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) went on a 3 day retreat to Bushkill Inn, in the Poconos. Over 120individuals andstaff participated in the trip, all of whom live in an OHEL residence or in OHEL’s... - August 27, 2016
Jonathan (Yoni) Benedek, MSW, who graduated from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) on June 16, has been awarded the inaugural OHEL Distinguished Community Service Award, as well as the National Association of Social Workers-New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC) Student Award. The prestigious... - August 11, 2016
The residents of OHEL Bais Ezra’s Hillcrest residence recently celebrated their 15th anniversary in a home filled with love, laughter and fun. The Hillcrest ladies live active and thriving lives together, enjoying daily programs, day trips, birthdays, and living fulfilled lives. When the doors... - August 11, 2016
On a picturesque day at Fresh Meadow Country Club, over 140 friends and supporters of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services teed off at the 12th Annual OHEL Rosemil Healthcare Golf Classic. Eve & Stephen Milstein & Rosemil Healthcare were once again the generous benefactors of this year’s... - June 30, 2016
Listen for a Change invites you to sit back and listen. It provides a healthily reversal of what we are most used to doing: talking more and listening less. Listening requires discipline and the commitment to the process of truly listening, processing and absorbing the conversations of others. We have been given only one mouth, but two ears. Perhaps this means we should be exceptionally mindful of listening to others and learning and growing from their experience. - June 29, 2016
Future Hall of Famer and former Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera comes out to the Five Towns area of Long Island to support OHEL! - June 17, 2016
Neither drizzle, nor chill could stop over 300 men, women and children of all abilities from participating in the Second Annual OHEL Xtreme Challenge at Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, NY! - June 17, 2016
Learn the Keys to Successful Parenting after Divorce - June 15, 2016
Policy makers, elected officials, advocates and community activists gathered for the 3rd Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday morning, April 15th. This event strove to acknowledge the breadth of services and the impact OHEL makes in various communities and further break down various stigmas that often... - June 10, 2016
A large group of divorced women from Chassidic Williamsburg and Boro Park to Yeshivish communities, attended an exclusive screening for Sister to Sister members, which was generously hosted by the JCC of Marine Park. OHEL’s groundbreaking film drew welcome applause, and many felt that the acute... - June 09, 2016
Thanks in large part to a grant awarded to OHEL from New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), to provide family-centered Early Childhood Mental Health Treatment in Brooklyn, OHEL will be able to provide comprehensive support in both timely assessment and effective treatment. - June 04, 2016
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