OHEL Meets Diverse & Increasing Needs of Northern New Jersey
Leveraging a breadth of 45 years experience which has primarily been in New York, the OHEL Northern New Jersey Regional Family Center has been increasing the delivery of various programs and services for individual and families in need in the northern New Jersey community.
Beginning with the new school year, OHELâ€™s NJ School-Based Services Program has provided a number of workshops, seminars, and training programs for teachers, students and parents in various schools, including Frisch, YBH of Passaic, Clifton Cheder, Ben Porat Yosef, and Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. OHEL has worked with schools to provide recreational and respite services to boys with developmental disabilities. Additionally, OHEL has partnered with various schools in Passaic to present free educational workshops for parents, on building stronger and happier families.
Some of the new staff brought on to supervise the increasing services include Rabbi Jeremy Donath, who is the community outreach and programming coordinator. Rabbi Donath is the Rabbi of Congregation Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn, NJ and is also a Rebbe at TABC.
Ziporah Torbiner, PsyD was the coordinator of OHELâ€™s Mobile Crisis Team, the clinical coordinator of OHELâ€™s Project Hope in Brooklyn, and will be bringing her expertise in mental health services and programs to the OHEL New Jersey office.
Tzivy Reiter, LCSW, is the new coordinator of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Mrs. Reiter is from Passaic, New Jersey and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Director at OHEL Bais Ezra. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals with disabilities and their families.
OHEL will now be providing school based services, geriatric care management, community resources, and respite and other care services to individuals with developmental disabilities, in addition to providing behavioral health services by their outstanding therapists. OHELâ€™s therapists are trained and supervised by OHELâ€™s renowned clinicians, and provide cutting-edge mental health services to the community.
Jessica Kornwasser, Teaneck resident and Co-Chair, OHEL Northern New Jersey Leadership Advisory Board says â€śThe expansion of OHELâ€™s Northern New Jersey services holds tremendous promise for our community. We will benefit from a seasoned staff of clinicians with diverse expertise, dedicated to meet the increasing needs of our community on the individual, family, school and communal levelsâ€ť.
The OHEL Northern New Jersey Regional Family Center is also a hub for families to find out about and get involved with Camp Kaylie, OHELâ€™s integrated summer camp for kids of all abilities.
Robert Katz, OHELâ€™s Chief Development Officer, has assumed the responsibility of overseeing the new office. Robert is a native New Jersey resident, and brings his extensive knowledge of the community to help serve its families.
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 effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises