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AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR MELABEV INC
November 13, 2009

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

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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!

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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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Founded Melabev Beit Shemesh, including suggesting the present director, Shoshana Lichtman for the job as well as finding the original volunteers and site of Melabev Beit Shemesh. Although I had heard of Shoshana, I had never met her before. I was so impr.