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General Background

The Peninot project was founded as a response to girls and young women from a religious-haredi background who need alternative housing arrangements as a result of emotional, psychological, and family difficulties. The absence of a suitable framework jeopardizes the future of these girls and young women who are in critical stages of development and of character development.

Target Population

Girls ( 13-18) and young women (18-25) from a religious-haredi background who are at risk

Vision and goals

Young girls and women from a religious and haredi background will lead healthy, independent, and productive lives in the community

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The Yedidut Toronto Foundation supports a number of housing frameworks which are run by professional NGOs that are recognized by the children and teen services or by the youth and young adult branch of the the Ministry of Social Welfare.
The residences are located in Jerusalem and offer the girls and young women a religious-haredi, therapeutic and safe framework in the community.
The NGOs offer the beneficiaries an all-inclusive package in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Yedidut Toronto Foundation. Furthermore, they preserve the unique haredi character while maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
When a girl/young woman moves into the apartment, she undergoes an evaluation which is used to build a detailed, therapeutic program which is individualized to her needs. The therapeutic program, which is created in partnership with the girl/young woman, is implemented over the course of her residence in the housing facility.

The services offered include the following components:

  • Basic needs
    Shelter, safety, food, clothing, medical care, etc.
  • Emotional-psychological needs
    Individual and group
    therapy (in partnership with the El HaNefesh program of Yedidut Toronto)
  • Social needs
    Enrichment activities that focus on building life skills, social skills, and so forth
  • Academic needs
    Supplementary lessons for the girls, vocational guidance and scholarships for higher education for the young women
  • Spiritual needs
    Residence in a religious framework and evening programs that include lessons in Jewish belief and thought
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