OHEL Lights up the Lives of its Children and Families During Chanukah!
Chanukah is a special time for many of us, and these 8 unique days of simcha is especially felt in the many OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home & Family Services residences and programs.
The week before Chanukah started, OHELâ€™s Sibshops program was already celebrating with a fun pre-Chanukah ice skating trip for siblings of individuals with special needs. The boys and girls, between the ages of 6-11, came from Far Rockaway and Brooklyn, and the over 50 kids and facilitators spent the day in the Aviator, enjoying an afternoon of ice skating, pizza, presents, donuts and Chanukah fun!
Parents have been raving to the Sibshops staff all week about how much fun their children had on the trip. â€śMy daughter had an amazing time, thanks for arranging it all, and she loved the gift!â€ť said one thankful mother. Another said â€śThank you for a super trip. The kids all had a great time!â€ť
OHEL also had a special Chanukah party for families and children in OHELâ€™s Foster Care system. It gave a much appreciated opportunity for parents, families, and children in similar situations to hang out together, and enjoy a fun night of food, dancing, donuts, complete with a fun and interactive magic show. To top off the fun night, the kids even got to choose from a selection of presents to take home with them!
The Chanukah festivities continued throughout the week, with menorah lighting and present exchanges in all of OHEL Bais Ezraâ€™s residences.
On the 7th night of Chanukah, Ateres Chaya, a grand Simcha hall located in the heart of Brooklyn, hosted the highly anticipated annual OHEL Chanukah party. Every year OHEL staff, volunteers, individuals and board members all gather to celebrate together. It was a truly uplifting and inspiring evening, with nachas infused throughout the entire venue.
There were over 700 people who came to the OHEL Chanukah party, graciously sponsored once again by Sammy and Lea Trencher. There were smiles that warmed the heart, dancing, food, and sufgoniyot sponsored by another good friend of OHELâ€™s children.
The incredible party featured all different kinds of entertainers, including magicians, face painters, and balloon sculptures. There were gifts and giveaways on every table, and nobody left the party empty handed! One of the OHEL Bais Ezra clients who was at the party said how they look forward to the party all year, and that they enjoy having the opportunity to get dressed up, and dance.
For over 45 years, OHEL has provided help to individuals with developmental and psychiatric illness, to children abused and neglected, and to families with nowhere else to turn. All of these individuals are part of the OHEL family, and without OHEL they would have nowhere to turn and no place to call home.Â They all deserve Simcha and the ability to celebrate with our community members.
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 crisis.