AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR MELABEV INC

Rating: 4.84 stars   68 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 7827 Ampere Ave % Cydney Josephy N Hollywood CA 91605 USA

Mission: The American Committee for Melabev helps provide funding for Melabev day care centers, home care programs and related services for older adults with Alzheimer's symptoms and their families.
Results: Melabev day care centers and a home care program enances their quality of life and sense of well being.  Our professional staff offers paliative activities for those at the end of life.  We offer the family caregivers models for caregivers, guidance, counseling and support.  Our Institute for Studies in Aging (Geriatric Institute) offers accredited courses for professionals in the field of eldercare regardless of their place of work.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500 older adults in our day care center and home care programs.
Geographic areas served: Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh

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Rating: 5 stars  

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease which devastates families emotionally and financially. Melabev is doing its part to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer's sufferers and for their families. It runs day care centers to engage and occupy the elderly and help improve their memory.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

With the state of care for Alzheimer's sufferers in Israel today, Melabev are far ahead of the curve! Well worth looking into and supporting!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Melabev is a great orginazation they are so dedicated to the elders i love going there to volunteer The Melabev bat mitzvah program is amazing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring volunteers of all ages, from one month till over 90

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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13 people found this review helpful

I just wanted to take a few seconds of your time to comment on what a wonderful program Melabev of Bet Shemesh is. I have been involved in a few facets. Firstly, I brought my children when they were infants and toddlers to there monthly baby parade. It was so wonderful to watch the elderly clients interact with these babies. The joy on their faces was priceless. Next, my 11 year old daughter is involved in there bat mitzvah program. They cook and deliver food to the elderly and partake in some of the programs at the center. I can truly say she is gaining more from this project then the Melabev members. Melabev is very well run by a team of excellent and special individuals. I hope this program continues for many years to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many great programs such as the Beit Shemesh baby parade and Bat mitzvah chesed program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I have worked at Melabev and have gotten others to volunteer as well. I'm a balloontwister and Stilwalker and I've volunteered as well as gotten my son's class to volunteer as well to twist balloons and distribute them at Melabev. Overall, I've found the experience to be both worthwhile and very rewarding. Bringing something fun and colorful made a impact and I hope to keep coming back to bring smiles to the people there. Seeing the older people wearing balloon hats and holding balloon animals always bring a smile to my face as well

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed twisting balloons and bringing smiles to the folks there. A few years ago I brought my son's class to twist balloons as well

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very special and giving

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to come more often

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I am writng to share some thoughts about Melabev's wonderful program and staff. I have driven some of the elderly to Melabev programs and have always been impressed and touched by what I see. The director is always there awaiting the day-program seniors with a very pleasant and warm greeting. It is a very organized program and the people there seem very happy and busy! I am also familiar with Melabev through a Bat Mitzva program which my daughter attends. She is learning "hands on" about true chesed and how to help people within her community who may be less fortunate than she is. Through Melabev the girls are helping prepare and deliver meals to the needy and/or homebound, as well as working on projects together with the seniors at the day program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very diligent, devoted and caring. Always with a smile and warm disposition.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

My grandparents went to Melabev twice a week for 5 years. At first, my grandfather was hesitant to join a group where his old age would be emphasized. His first time going changed his whole perspective. The outpuring of love and dedication from the staff and their contagious excitement turned him around completely. After that, my grandparents couldn't wait until Sundays and Tuesdays came along and there was nothing important enough that could happen to get them to cancel. I myself was priveleged enough to attend Melabev a few times. Besides the variation of activities and the love and excitement of the staff, I was completely taken with the happiness that radiated from my grandparents while they were there. I say "Thank you Melabev for your wonderful program which infuses life, fun and friendship into those who feel like they may be forgotten."

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loving, dedicated, exciting and warm.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy their own building with appropriate wheelchair accessibilty and offer their programs to more seniors for a lesser cost.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Melabev is a very worthy organization, which helps elderly people suffering from memory loss related illnesses. I have volunteered for them on numerous occasions and have seen the great work they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally dedicated to the cause and gave their all to help the elders have better quality of life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a real state of the art center for the elderly and expand their activities to every day and help more elders and their families cope with the problems they face every day.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My daughter just started the Melabev Bat Mitzvah program. She and her friends cooked and packaged meals under the supervision of the Melabev staff and they then delivered the packages to needy families and homebound elderly. It was an amazing experience. We are looking forward to the rest of the activities on the program- making arts and crafts with the elderly at the Melabev center that they will package as gifts for needy children, entertaining the elderly etc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how well the girls worked together to package food for the needy, all under the extremely efficient supervision of the director of Melabev

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely devoted

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

After answering the call of Melabev's Jerusalem head and founder (Leah Abramowitz) to set up Melabev Beit Shemesh, I was lucky enough to come upon Shoshana Lichtman, an experienced Geriatric Community Nurse, with a growing family, and a reputation for community volunteerism. I just knew this was the person to run the Beit Shemesh Melabev Center for the elderly! Shoshana has made this program double its days of service (from one to two, to four working days a week!), has increased her original budget of one staff member besides herself to a full and active staff of professionals, and has a treasure of volunteers all vying to come and work in this fun, warm, smiling and always active environment at Melabev Beit Shemesh! Melabev Beit Shemesh provides much needed respite for families of Dementia (Alzheimers and Related Disorders) families, and gives a day of care and fun and meaning to the Dementia and other seniors. I am so very proud of Melabev Beit Shemesh! When I visit or volunteer (singing), I am always in tears, from being so moved at seeing the joy on the faces of the participants, the volunteers and staff. This is a miracle place which blossomed so greatly under the management and leadership of Shoshana Lichtman! They are 5 Star!!! Barbara Brown BSW/MSW, Founder of Melabev Beit Shemesh

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by continuing my relationship, albeit on the sidelines, with Melabev Beit Shemesh. I have seen the place grow to a full time program with an evergrowing professional staff and a load of excellent volunteers!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...having the "nachat" to see it grow under Shoshana's management! Also, when I volunteer and sing, and see how happy the clients, staff and volunteers are, well, it cannot help but move me deeply. Just knowing I had a part in this makes me feel great!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All kinds of professionals and "professional" volunteers from various backgrounds: Soc. Wkers, Music & Art Therapists etc...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

a) buy a building where they could have service more clients in need with showers, more room...They could also become more self-sufficient monetarily as they would be elligible for gov't funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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