The centre itself had been empty for 12 years prior to us taking on a long term lease and so throughout 2014 we were renovating the building in order to make it a safe and suitable home for those who we provide respite care for.
Every week we bring a different small group of profoundly disabled young people to our Bethlehem project to provide them a short break (4 days) from their families. Each group returns every 8 weeks, whilst in-between their visits to our project, we regularly visit them at home and live life with their families.
This relationship allows slow but sure changes to take place within the family home which are a help to all members of the family.
Now into our third year of work...
They work on their individual targets, and assessments on their progress are carried out. Most importantly though, during their time at Beit Yusef they experience fun in a loving and safe environment.
During the 8 week cycle they are also visited in their home by members of the team, and progress is shared with their family. Each family is shown a range of activities which could be carried out with their disabled relative and support and advice is gently given. We have already seen incredible progress even from our severely disabled young people and we are all seeing changes in some of the families and how they treat their disabled relative. .