Beit Yedidim / Yedidim House
Yedidim houses are multi-purpose community drop-in and resource centers for children and youth-at-risk. Beit Yedidim is a safe, supervised space where youth can participate in group sports and educational workshops, as well as receive tutoring in Hebrew, English, math etc. A quiet work space for doing homework is a core element of each center. Where appropriate, youth are referred to relevant community resources such as social workers, health-care professionals etc. Approximately 70% of those who make use of the services are immigrant youth and 30% are veteran Israelis. All Yedidim houses are located in periphery communities; environments that offer them very limited resources and opportunities. Presently, Yedidim operates 2 such centers, in Kiryat Gat and Ashdod and serves over 300 children and their families.