OHELâ€™S Foster Care Chanukah Party Brings Warmth and Joy to Many Children
On the 8th night of Chanukah, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services hosted their annual Chanukah party for foster families. This event is much anticipated every year by the foster children and their foster siblings- the biological children of their foster parents. The guests included OHEL foster care staff and their families. Whether typically functioning or with special needs, all the children and adults enjoyed a joyous evening of good food, musical entertainment, singing, dancing and general celebration.
Many people pitched in to make the party a success, including the staff of OHELâ€™s Foster Care department, staff children and grandchildren and volunteers. One of the main attractions of the party was the Parrot Rebbe, who brought along many of his exotic pet birds which the guests got to carry on their shoulders after the show!
Entertainment was sponsored by OHELâ€™s Simcha Fund, and the party truly was a simcha, with children and families from every part of the Jewish spectrum and every level of ability, celebrating together. The mood was infectious, with all children present, no matter what their status, laughing together and together, cheering on the parrots.
Batsheva Berger and Shulamit Marcus of OHELâ€™s Foster Care Homefinding Department, who arrange this wonderful event yearly, summed it up well. â€śEveryone was enjoying themselves together, with one common thread that binds them - their willingness to open their hearts and homes to a foster child.â€ť
Everyone was celebrating Chanukah together, and because of OHEL, all of these children, regardless of where they may have come from, have a place to call home.
If you have ever considered becoming an OHEL foster parent and would like more information, please call Shulamit Marcus at 718-851-6300.
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises. Driven by service excellence, OHELâ€™s professional staff meet the myriad social service needs of the general community, while at the same time providing culturally-sensitive services to the Jewish community, including Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian speakers. Through highly-rated foster care, developmental disability, mental health, and other programs and services, OHEL provides supportive housing, treatment, care coordination, education, outreach and much more to elevate lives and strengthen individuals and communities in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, California and worldwide on the web. David Mandel is the CEO of OHEL.