Parents and Kids All Have Fun at OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s Sibshops Carnival
In justÂ 3 years, the Sibshop program at OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has grown in leaps and bounds throughout the New York area. This groundbreaking program empowers and enables children and teens with siblings who have a developmental disability, to share their concerns and feelings amongst their peers, develop wonderful friendships, and just have fun!
On Sunday, April 27th, OHEL held an exciting Sibshops carnival, in honor of their annual Sib Day Celebration. Over 100 people came to celebrate, including children with disabilities, their siblings, friends, family, and incredible volunteers.
Each person was â€śclowned-out,â€ť receiving a fun red clown nose, and creating their own paper clown mouth to wear. Once dressed up, they got to take their pictures in a fun photo booth! â€śGiggles the clownâ€ť brought smiles to everyoneâ€™s faces with her balloon creations and good humor. In addition, all enjoyed delicious cookies, nosh and fruit generously donated by Pomegranate Supermarket.
In order for the parents to be able to relax and enjoy themselves, OHEL ensured that there were designated counselors for the individuals with special needs.
Allyn Goowin put on a fabulous interactive balloon show and ensured everyone received an elaborate balloon creation of their choice. There were also delightful performances of classic stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, put on by volunteer performers- the Sibshop members!
After the carnival all the children were treated to fabulous prizes from the prize booth. After the event, one mom conveyed in a text â€śA super great time was had by all!Â They really enjoyed!Â Thanks so much!â€ť Another said â€śWe canâ€™t wait until the next Sibshops event!â€ť
OHEL Bais Ezra runs monthly separate boys and girls groups for ages 6-11 as well, in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway.Â For more information, contact Chayale Greenwald at 718-686-3491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.