Hillel - The Right to Choose
Founded in 1991, Hillel - The Right to Choose helps those who leave Haredi communities integrate into secular Israeli society, influences other agencies to act for their benefit and enhances awareness as to their needs and contribution to Israeli society. All Hillel programs share the long term objectives of full absorption involving crisis-intervention, long-term employment, stable housing, engagement in the community and overall self-sufficiency. Economic security and upward mobility for Yotzim is primary to their mission. Participants come with different needs - some with absolutely no education, housing, work skills or prospects; while others have secured housing and are working but trying to realize larger goals. Their long-term programming recognizes that the various needs and goals of Yotzim in transition take time to meet and is built upon their overall methodology that combining initial short-term assistance ranging between 3-5 years with a strong focus on goal setting and acquisition, as well as community building and the construction of a peer support system that Hillel members may draw upon in the long-term. All participants are considered lifetime members of the Hillel community.Their Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa Centers, transitional apartments and dedicated social work staff currently serve roughly 1,200 clients per year aged 18-35. Approximately 31% are women and 7% are single-mothers. Their HaBayit shel Hillel Emergency Shelter serves an additional 100 Yotzim who are at immediate risk each year.