The Dror Association

The sheltered housing concept

Dror serves ex-psychiatric patients aged 20 – 50+. Dror operates 19 sheltered housing units, housing 73 residents in Herzliya, Hod haSharon, Kfar Saba, and Raanana; and supervises 22 rehabilitees who live on their own. Dror’s objective is to improve the quality of life of residents and supervisees while preparing them for independent living.
Our rehabilitation program includes guidance in everyday functioning, employment, and social programming. Dror offers three housingmodels that differ from one another in terms of the level of supervision: supervised, sheltered, and satellite. Our staff is comprised of social workers who serve as caregivers and case managers; and rehabilitation guides who assist the residents in acquiring life skills.

Housing rented by Dror
Most of our homes house four residents, each of whom has his or her own bedroom; the living room and kitchen are shared. Each unit is furnished and equipped by Dror; we try as far as possible to achieve a homelike, family atmosphere. Residents may bring personal effects as they choose; we encourage them to create a personal, comfortable living space.

Life in Dror housing
Dror residents run their households independently, preparing meals on their own. Each resident has his or her allotted space in the common refrigerator and the kitchen cupboards or pantry. Those who need it receive guidance on shopping, meal preparation, ousecleaning, budgeting, and other householding responsibilities. Residents may host guests, and even have occasional overnight guests. They may stay over on weekends and holidays as they choose. We encourage them to lead normative lives in every respect as far as they are able.

Social programming
Dror’s social center is open every Sunday to ex-psychiatric patients. It is located at 5 Klausner, Raanana (corner of Klausner and Ahuza, next to Caf? Aroma).

Public transportation: Egged bus 29, or any route that runs on Ahuza Street.
Signup: Contact Nurit, our coordinator, and give her your particulars.
Cost: ₪ 5 per session / month; ₪ 10 for a full months’ programming.
Outings and parties: All those registered are eligible at extra (subsidized) cost.

Beit haYotzer [“crafters’ studio”]

Our Beit haYotzer is a unique center for rehabilitation
through art that brings together rehabilitees with working artists. Beit haYotzer is located at 4 Szold, Ranaana (corner of Szold and Ahuza), in a new, purpose-built building.Beit haYotzer’s innovative programming is a joint effort of Dror and the city of Raanana, sponsored by the Health Ministry and National Insurance. The building will serve as an art studio for ex-psychiatric patients alongside working artists. Beit haYotzer houses a gallery with changing exhibits.

Initial stage: Occupational workshops
Beit haYotzer houses various workshops, including mixed media, painting, and glasswork. The workshops are used for instruction in the various visual arts, and in the future will serve as display spaces for sale of artwork.
The workshops are open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The next step: Sheltered workshop – work on a production line
The manufactured products are changed as per orders received, with various artworks such as glasswork, textiles, woodworking, and painting being added.
Wages are calculated based on individual employee output.

Contact Udi Davidson, Dror’s Professional Director, at +972 (9) 743-0253 to make an appointment for an interview. Interviews are conducted at 6 Kinneret, Raanana. When the building is ready for occupancy, interviews will take place at 4 Szold, Raanana.
Admission to any sheltered employment or supervised occupation is stipulated on permission from the Health Ministry Rehabilitation Committee.
Candidates should be open to and have the desire to engage

Dror’s Board of Directors
Members and division of responsibility
Members of Dror’s Board of Directors, our comptroller, and our legal advisor serve in a fully unpaid, voluntary capacity.
Moshe Green – Director and Economic Advisor
Michael Segal – Concerned citizen with experience in the non-profit sector
Naomi Stuchiner – Social Worker with background in establishing non-profits and fundraising and development
Nessya Zifman – Senior Mental Health Social Worker
Ayelet Majar – Senior Mental Health Social Worker
Daniela Oren – Head of Board of Directors

Dror’s officers
Hanan Rabi, CPA – Comptroller
Tanya Yanai – Social Worker, Director of Rehabilitation, National Insurance, Kfar Saba branch
Dr. Shmuel Kempler – psychiatrist, Director of Herzliya Mental Health Center
Shaike Etgar, Attorney-at-law – Legal Advisor

Your help will enable a viable solution for ex-psychiatric patients seeking rehabilitation in sheltered housing, employment, and social programming.
Your donation will help to improve the quality of life of rehabilitees, aiding them in leading as normal an existence as possible in the community.