Thank you IsraeliBox for making Susan’s House your “Cause of the Month”! We are looking forward to continue working with you and helping you fill your beautiful boxes with our unique products!
Cause of the Month: Susan’s House
Sharon Avis | June 2019
Over the years, and in my professional life I had met many nonprofits in Israel.
Many organizations that are there for youth at risk. And they all do an amazing job!
When I entered Susan’s House in Givat Shaul neighborhood in Jerusalem, my heart was immediately captured, and I truly felt a special and most unique connection. The amazing team and the oh so more amazing teens captured my heart in ways, I am finding myself searching for words to describe.
Susan’s house opened 18 years ago by Eyal Kaplanski, in loving memory of his wife Susan, who passed away at the age of 38 after a battle with cancer. Susan’s dream was to work with teens at risk thru art and create a way for them to shape their own future for the better.
At Susan’s house teens that come from very difficult backgrounds, many of them are already on the streets, and mostly suffer from complex trauma syndrome, at Susan’s house they are empowered and rehabilitated and create their own future thru art.
They get working skills, team work abilities, time management skills and many more basic life skills to carry them on to a brighter future and a more stable life ahead. 60% of teens graduating from Susan’s House join the IDF or National Service. In Israel, that is an amazing testament for success and fitting into normative society.
The teens are creating art in glass, jewelry, and textiles. They are mentored by artists and art teachers from Israel’s finest art schools, e.g. Bezalael Art Academy, they are also accompanied by social workers and child psychologists.
IsraeliBox joined hands with this amazing cause, and we promise you’ll hear more about them. You can buy the amazing creations by the teens at risk online as well: www.susanshouse.org.il and learn more about this incredible place in Jerusalem.