OHEL Bais Ezra Launches â€śSibling Dayâ€ť Program to Enhance Relationship Between Residents and Siblings
The unique relationship between siblings is well known. The extraordinary relationship between siblings where one is challenged by a disability is often less recognized as is the integral role they play.
Such siblings are deeply affected by the additional roles they play in a family which can be both extremely demanding and very rewarding.Â So too, while parents of children challenged by disability are consumed by advocating for their child, whatÂ is often forgotten is who will take on that role of care when they no longer can.
Siblings are the natural answer to that question. They are acutely aware of needs of their brothers and sisters, have the same love and desire for their growth, and already have established relationships and connections with their siblingsâ€™ caregivers.
On Sunday July 21st, OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s East Broadway menâ€™s home began an eight month program to further enhance the relationship of the men who live there with their respective siblings.
The siblings of the residents joined the home for a BBQ and an interactive program highlighting the important role siblings play within the lives and hearts of their brothers and sisters. While everyone enjoyed great food prepared by Chef Jordan, the siblings got together for some interactive exercises to highlight the power of communication and to get to know each other by sharing stories of their childhood, what makes their sibling special, and their most favorite memories with their sibling.
Aimee Styler, one of the menâ€™s sisters, stated in response to the event, â€śThe sibling BBQ exceeded my expectations. I thought we would just come and hang out with our respective siblings. However, Jordan had several engaging, thoughtful and meaningful activities lined up. The activities brought us closer to our siblings, taught us valuable lessons about communication, and were super fun at the same time. Overall the experience was invaluable as a means to support our siblings and the organization and I look forward to future sibling events.â€ť
In fact, everybody is looking forward to the next event in the series, which will be a special night out in August, to a nice dinner for the men and their siblings.
To view some of the pictures from the event, simply click here: http://www.ohelfamily.org/?q=node/709
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.