Supported Living Services


Supported Living Services

Israel Elwyn’s supported community living services, founded in 1991, provide living arrangements, accompaniment and support to people with intellectual developmental disabilities. Supported Living Service apartments exist throughout Jerusalem and Herzliya and in a supported home group in Jerusalem, each emphasizing the principal goal of providing residents with the tools necessary to integrate into the community through establishment of work programs to improve participants’ ability to function and increase levels of independence.

Two to six people, accompanied by professional staff including counselors, project coordinators and social workers, live in each apartment.

During morning hours, residents work in various places of employment in accordance with their individual inclinations and abilities. Places of employment include: the competitive job market, retirement facilities and places offering sheltered employment. During afternoon hours, residents participate in recreational activities of their choice. Each year residents enjoy an annual vacation in Israel or abroad.

The overall objective of Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Services is to substantiate residents as an integral part of the community entitled to full and equal opportunities. To reach this goal, residents avail themselves of various services within the community such as recreational facilities, health services, residential association committees, the local supermarket and more.

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Target Population

People with intellectual developmental disabilities aged 21 and over.

Program Acceptance Procedures

People interested in the program are required to establish initial contact with their municipal office of social affairs social worker for evaluation and placement. The subsequent stage proceeds in accordance with Israel Elwyn’s Supported Living Service acceptance protocol, including review by an acceptance committee and an interview with the applicant and the applicant’s family to assess the specific needs and expectations of the individual applicant.


Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs in cooperation with local municipalities.

Volunteer Activity

We welcome individual and group volunteers, particularly for social activities and weekend and holiday activities, as well as volunteers willing to accompany individual residents at least once each week.
To coordinate volunteering and for further details, please contact Racheli Kaplan, Tel.: 052-6204503; email

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Jerusalem Branch
Central Israel

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