Who are we?
Pleased to meet you, we, Yozma Derech Halev (initiative from the heart), are an organization bringing together knowledge and expertise which seek to achieve a change in the social – economic statues of people dealing with psychological, physical or sensory handicaps. We seek to achieve that aim by making their voice heard and promoting their integration in the community and the labor market as active, wage earning and influential participants.
The organization operates projects, unique plans and innovative processes in the field of employment which are suited to the unique needs of its clients, while fulfilling the uniqueness of each of them. “Initiative from the heart” works in collaboration with and through the financing of the community rehabilitation HMO, the mental health department, the Ministry of Health, the Defense Ministry, and the JDC sponsored “Tenufa Be-Taasuka”.
This service is provided to:
People who are dealing with psychological, physical or sensory handicaps who wish to make use of the programs proposed by “Initiative through the heart” and enter the work market as independents (freelancers) or as employees in the field of rehabilitation and nursing or in any other field – through the rehabilitation benefits provided by the Ministry of Health / The Defense Ministry or as a private service.
The family members of people dealing with physical, psychological or sensory limitations – the family is, in most cases, the most central parameter effecting the process of restoration of a family member facing a handicap. At the same time, the family itself is affected by the process of rehabilitation, and requires support and counseling. That is why we offer accompaniment and rehabilitation, economic and occupational training to the families of handicapped individuals as well. For additional details please click on this link. Rehabilitation frameworks: in order to learn how to make use of the knowledge and experience of service providing customers in a manner that will contribute to the development of the organization, the staff and the service receivers, “Initiative from the Heart” offer rehabilitation frameworks accompaniment and professional counseling. For additional details, please follow this link.
In addition, “Initiative from the Heart” performs satisfaction and quality of life surveys in the framework of community based rehabilitation and nursing. For additional details, please follow this link.
Our organization employs 60 dedicated employees, 17 of which face psychological, physical or sensory handicaps. Handicapped and non-handicapped employees work as equals in every one of the central programs of the organization. The entire staff, regardless of personal handicaps, are full partners in the processes of improving and developing the various programs and services offered by the organization. These employees, with the knowledge born of personal experience, bring added value to the organization, help improve its services and better understand the need of its clients, and thereby continually adapt and improve the proffered services. The organization offers all employees personal and professional development paths.
This staff daily aids the successful integration of hundreds of handicapped individuals and their family members in the open labor market.
:Initiative from the heart, operates unique programs throughout the country
“Service providing consumers”– is a new and unique program which aims at integrating people with knowledge stemming from personal experience as rehabilitation workers in the nursing and rehabilitation services array. The program offers an expert employment accompaniment service array spread throughout the country. The accompaniment is meant to support, promote and enable the successful integration of psychiatrically diagnosed individuals in the workplace as normative employees in the rehabilitation and nursing services array, in every one of the variety of roles the health and welfare services provide : mentors, rehabilitation instructors, employment guides, nursing coordinators, group guides and more. In addition, the program offers escort and guidance services for managers and for groups
“Yozma” (initiative) – a new program developed at fostering employment independence for people dealing with psychological, physical or sensory handicaps, who are interested in investigating new occupational horizons and the possibility to fulfill abilities, skills and aspirations. These individuals choose to develop and advance as freelances in the labor market as fully active, wage earning and contributing members – and “Yozma” (initiative) provides them with the guidance services, support, personal accompaniment, rehabilitative training and business guidance in a number of tracks: a self employment track – business entrepreneurship – an employment development track – career development.
Team track – group projects
“Sokrei Echut” (Quality surveyors) – a groundbreaking program dealing with the performance of satisfaction and quality of life surveys amongst the receivers of mental health services in various community rehabilitation frameworks. These surveys enable the voice of individuals dealing with psychological handicaps to be heard, and enable and influence change and improvement in the rehabilitation services in the community. The surveyors are themselves people who are dealing with psychological handicaps who have undergone a course and dedicated training
“Rehabilitation Entrepreneurship” (Social Business Entrepreneurship)– a special track involving employment-business escort of the service receivers, which is adapted to people with personal experience in mental health, who are interested in offering rehabilitation and nursing services as independents (Freelance/ small business/ self-employment.) Those participating in the track are offered joint escort by two employment escort coordinators – a coordinator from the “Service Providing Consumers” program and a coordinator from the “Yozma” (Initiative) program. They will work together with you, as a team, in order to develop and realize the potential in your entrepreneurial ideas!
“Family Horizon”- a novel plan to provide rehabilitation, employment, business and economic training services to family members supporting a family member dealing with a handicap. The service is provided on a solely private basis. The first meeting is free of charge
“Nativ Halev” (The way of the heart)– an employment and training center (formally a Nativ protected Factory) – the center utilizes advanced employment and training technology which enables the service receiver to acquire skills and develop towards either self-employment or supported employment. The service receiver in the employment center has the option of selecting his own path towards recovery and his work group, to develop employment independence, participate in recuperation and entrepreneurship studies, and to do all this while working in the center
We are here in order to create an advanced rehabilitation projects to promote change. Today it is possible