Liat, aged 31, was born with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound. She is mature, social, communicative and full of charm. She was born in Jerusalem to a single mother that raised her at home with a lot of love.
Liat spent 14 years in a rehabilitation centre but in 2016 she moved to Miriam’s Dream and was given her own flat for the first time. She had fought for many years for independent living – and at Miriam’s Dream, she’s got just that. The committed staff helped her find a job and she currently works four days a week as an illustrator on canvas. She is a reliable and dedicated employee, and in her spare time, she enjoys working with ceramics and designing creative art pieces. She is also participating in a computer course at Miriam’s Dream.
Liat is full of motivation and enjoying every second of what she describes as ‘my freedom’.
WHY CHOOSE MIRIAM'S DREAM
At Miriam’s Dream, each resident lives independently and privately in their two-bedroom apartment, with the second bedroom allocated to their caregiver. They have access to a large communal lounge that serves as a social club and a beautiful flourishing garden.
Every resident at Miriam’s Dream has the chance to fulfill their potential. Professional staff support residents with their emotional and physical challenges and Employment Counsellors work with each individual to learn their interests and knowledge, helping them to find suitable employment and leisure activities.
The residents have use of a specially adapted shuttle bus which transports them to work as well as taking them to regular daily activities such as visiting a shopping centre or meeting friends at a restaurant, simple pleasures that would otherwise be impossible.
As much as residents enjoy the comfort of their own apartment, they also take pleasure in the community created at Miriam’s Dream. They share special Shabbat and festival meals, they can participate in all sorts of group activities, and they laugh, sing and dance together. It’s a very happy, warm place to live.
The day Gal was sworn in to the IDF was the proudest of his life, but he was one of a handful of soldiers who had no family present…simply because they couldn’t afford to travel to the ceremony. Gal comes from a family who struggle to afford hot meals during the week. Gal’s father would have much preferred his son to start working after school and earning money but Gal was committed to serving in the army.
For Gal, Beit Kobi has become a source of strength and comfort. During time off base or when other soldiers have their families around them, Gal has the same love and support shown to him through the wonderful volunteers at Beit Kobi. His ‘adopted’ family were there clapping him on at his beret and end-of-basic training ceremonies, and his Beit Kobi apartment is shared with other lone soldiers who feel like brothers to him. Gal knows Beit Kobi will be there for him no matter what.
WHY CHOOSE BEIT KOBI
Beit Kobi was created in memory of Kobi Ichelbom, an outstanding combat soldier and commander in the Givati Brigade of the IDF who was killed in action in 2002. His mother Aviva established Beit Kobi to honour her son’s guiding principles, familiarity and friendship.
Beit Kobi ensures the emotional and physical wellbeing of all lone soldiers in the IDF’s Givati Brigade. It provides them with comfortable, homelike apartments which they can return to during any holiday and where they benefit from the support of their fellow soldiers facing similar challenges. And each soldier is paired with one of Beit Kobi’s trained volunteers and volunteer “adopted” families, who support them with love, encouragement and advice throughout their military service.