and vocational training
Sheltered employment and vocational training frameworks at Bayit Cham provide a secure environment that prepares participants to reenter the mainstream job market. These frameworks are the first transitional link from a state of inactivity towards vocational rehabilitation and fulfilling employment. A staff of warm, devoted top professionals guide participants how to set up a daily schedule, complete tasks, integrate into society and feel they are connected and valued while training them in the hard and soft skills they need for successful integration.
In Bayit Cham, there are three sheltered employment frameworks:
• The ‘Shiluvim’ Center
• The ‘Reishit’ Center
The ‘Shiluvim’ Center is a supportive vocational framework for women who want to eventually integrate into the mainstream workplace but first need to strengthen their employability skills.
Duration of employment at Shiluvim varies according to each client’s level of functionality. The multidisciplinary staff includes a program director, social worker, occupational therapist and vocational coaches. With professionalism, sensitivity and respect, the staff leads employees down the road of recovery in a supportive, accepting atmosphere.
Employees work at jobs in a various fields such as sewing, computers, packaging (e.g. gifts, products, craft material) and more. In addition, many workshop employees strengthen the skills they’ve acquired by trying out jobs in the community such as helping the elderly in senior residence homes, as auxiliary staff in day care centers and more – very empowering experiences. In addition, there are workshops for the development of readiness for the free market and additional enrichment workshops.
Besides for employment, clients participate in various rehabilitative workgroups and interventions focusing on a variety of topics: emotional stamina, self-empowerment, self-advocacy, interpersonal/communication skills, IMR (illness management and recovery) and more. The program also offers enrichment workshops including readiness seminars to prepare clients for reentrance in the mainstream workplace.
‘Shiluvim’ is for adult women of all ages who have established eligibility for a rehabilitation package and have secured government approval for employment at a sheltered workshop