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November 8, 2009

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November 8, 2009

What Melabev Means to me? Dignity of Life! Nobody cares as much for you like the special group of people at Melabev Beit Shemesh. The staff and volunteers care for you. In a home you may be thrown in a corner, here no one is forgotten. There are activities, ulpan, and exercise and these things give us hope to live longer and to stay with your friends. Fred Abraham, Dob: 1933 Elizabeth, New Jersey

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

Caring, Loving, Devoted

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 8, 2009

Melabev for my mother and us was more than just the four mornings she attended. We were once walking through the mall in Modiin when someone came running over to greet my mother. My mother sat regally in her wheelchair with a big smile. I am not sure she recognized who it was but the Melabev volunteer took the time to greet my mother and make her happy. My mother's apartment was decorated with arts and crafts she did at Melabev. She was proud of her accomplishments and would explain to us how she did it. As well as being proud of her work, it gave us ideas of what she could do at home. Melabev gave her a chance to learn new thing, to be active, and to interact with others and to share her life's experiences. The staff of Melabev encouraged her to talk about her life and to express herself. Melabev welcomed family and friends to come visit my mother in Beit Shemesh. My mother was always so proud to show off her children , grandchildren, and great grandchildren who came to visit. Melabev wasn't just a place for my mother to go and be occupied but the staff kept in touch with us letting us know how she was doing and if they noticed her withdrawing meaning maybe she needed a physical check up or her hearing or eyesight should be checked. They offered us a support group facilitated by an experienced professional, Rabbi Wolicki, and with a staff person in attendance. We were able to contact them at other times and discuss concerns. We greatly appreciate Beit Shemesh Melabev, the director, Shoshana Lichtman, her staff, and the volunteers for all they did for my mother, Molly Andelman, z"l, for the last two years of her life. Dov and Elayne Greenstone

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

Beit Shemesh

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

get them their own facility.

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

The caring of the professional staff and volunteers

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

wonderful and caring.

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

Serve more people in their own facility.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer and had easier access to the center.

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

working in a shared facility.

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

May they have the strength and financial means to continue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 8, 2009

Melabev is a wonderful organization that was my parents lifeline for several years. The care and thoughtfulness of the staff as well as the activities kept them inspired and entertained on a constant basis

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

Completely devoted and dedicated to their work

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

change the world for seniors!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 7, 2009

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November 7, 2009

bs'd Wisdom from seniors at Melabev Bet Shemesh 1.'F': Organise and prioritise what I want to do - first, second,... Write it down. Stick to it until I finish it. (This works beautifully for me especially on Friday when I'm preparing Shabbat. I add time estimates and then can decide to swap activities around or postpone planned ones till Sunday). 2.'C': Don't jump up and down. Can't change all at once. Be interested and responsible for thing one has to concentrate on. Much more effective to stick with it. 3.'D' It's like that when we're older.

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

Talking to and listening to the clients

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

Do more for more clients. Subsidise the service offered for cash strapped clients. Have dedicated non shared facilities. Have dedicated parking area. Pay the hard working staff a professional wage. Have more rooms and choices of activities for chients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 7, 2009

My grandfather attented Melabev for over two years. He received such overwhelmingly loving-attention and care. It was such a peaceful feeling knowing that he was in such a positive environment. I was so taken by the work at Melabev that I featured them in my Jewish children's video, Rebbetzin Tap & Friends: Get Ready for Shabbos!" Melabev provided the perfect situation to teach kids about respecting and loving our elders. I am grateful to Melabev for their services during the years my grandfather went there.

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

commitment of staff t oclients

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

loving, involved, good at commnication

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

provide more seniors with more services...more days a week- my grandfather was unable to take their transportion (which had a lift) because it was full and we used to have to pick him up and push him into a taxi which was less then ideal

Ways to make it better...

we had wheelchair friendly transportation

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 5, 2009

God bless Melabev!! My father said he had a young mind trapped in an old body. He was very vibrant in his younger years and was now slowing down physically. Melabev allowed him to use his talents with a group of like minded people. The staff of Melabev is kind, generous with their time, love and devotion. My mother started as a volunteer and just continued with the group to add her positive attitude to the activities in general. The whole week was centered around their Melabev schedule and even their devoted family could not interfere with it. The volunteers became our extended family. Even though I am highly involved with the Jewish community, I have never seen a more devoted, loving and more purposeful organization than Melabev. From yoga, to music, artwork, exercising, language lessons, birthday parties, visits from educators, visits of babies to brighten everyone's day....the list is endless. There is no other organization that can come close when we get older and still want a full life to look forward to. May their efforts continue for a very long time to come.

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

the total devotion of the staff to the participants. Nothing is too hard, or too time consuming for the volunteers. They are devoted to the participants in and out of the building.

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

loving, kind, positive and encouraging at all times.

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

expand its facilities to accomodate more people who could gain from their wonderful program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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November 5, 2009

At what age does a person become old? Is there ever a time when you look in the mirror and think, hey, I need a nursing home! If you would have asked my grandparents, they would have told you that they are 78 years young. But despite the fact that they always felt young, at a certain point, age catches up to you. My grandfather started to forget our names, and began to get disoriented among lots of noise and commotion. My grandmother was confined to a wheelchair, and while her mind was sound until the day she died, she was in tremendous pain. They sat at home in their apartment, getting old despite their efforts to the contrary. Then in stepped Melabev and saved the day! My grandparents were told about Melabev from a friend, and they started going every Sunday and Tuesday morning for years. Melabev kept them young. They sang, they prayed, they went on trips, and most importantly, they socialized with people who were also born in the nineteen-twenties and thirties, and appreciated things like cantorial music, yiddish songs, and hugging and kissing everyone you meet. The volunteers were wonderful, they really made them feel loved. Sundays and Tuesdays were the highlights of their week, their time to feel young again. Melabev did for my grandparents something that we, their family, could never have done, and for that, we all say thank you, Melabev, for providing this wonderful service for the elderly.

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

absolutely wonderful. We all felt they really loved my grandparents. They constantly asked us how they were doing, and after my grandparents died, they came to the shiva filled with stories and good will.

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

build facilities for their activities and expand the activities that they already have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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