I've been volunteering at Melabev once a week for 10 years. They have a wonderful program for senior with dementia and physical disabilities. We really see a difference in their personalities once they are out of their house and together with other people. They participate in our music sessions and arm chair yoga, baking,etc. The staff and all the volunteers are doing an amazing job.
I started volunteering once or twice a month at Melabev Beit Shemesh nearly a decade ago. The conductor of my women's choir asked if I could accompany her singing on the violin. At the time I wasn't very good at playing chords, but with some rehearsal we were able to put together a program, and the people at Melabev started asking if I could come on my own.
The seniors would ask me to play favorite songs, and often I didn't know them, so I learned them (or learned to play them properly!). This process continues - in fact, in a second I'll take a listen to the song "The White Cliffs of Dover" which, it turns out, I don't know... yet.
The atmosphere at Melabev Beit Shemesh is like a family, and when I arrive every other week, it's like coming to visit relatives who are all really happy to see me. By now I know about what songs different people like and why. We've had conversations around the music. We play many things all the time, over and over and neither their enjoyment or mine ever pales - music is like that. You don't say "oh, I don't want to sing this song, I sang it last week!"
I grew up singing in the car with my family and when I'm playing at Melabev and everyone is singing along, I have the same safe feeling of being with people in a happy way, we can sing loudly or softly - the music doesn't demand that we be cheerful and bouncy - we can each enjoy it in whatever place were are at that moment.
If you are ever in Israel, you should come visit - it is a really fun place, with a staggering variety of activities going on all the time. If I'm there you can ask me to play a song - and if I know it - I will!!!
Melabev is a truly wonderful Day Care Center for The Elderly. Having worked In a Senior
Center previously before making Aliayah , I can honestly say that The Manager and staff of Melabev , Beit Shemesh are the most dedicated, caring group of people I have ever worked with. They often put the clients before themselves and have very original and unique programs.
I volunteer at Melabev Beit Shemesh one morning a week. It is definitely my most meaningful, fulfilling, and fun morning! Everyone, the clients, staff, national service young ladies, and fellow volunteers are smiling and happy to be there. We all work together to make each other's day a rewarding experience. My favorite part of the day is when I just sit and talk. Each person in Melabev is an individual with their own story to tell. Each person adds something so special to our group. Melabev is a wonderful, important, and very special organization!
I occasionally volunteer in Melabev. It is a truly inspiring place where people with dementia can come to be stimulated in a warm, nurturing atmosphere. The staff is unbelievably giving, patient, and loving. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Melabev is a remarkable place!
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
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 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
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.
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.