Shanti House was founded in 1984 and serves both as a temporary home and long-term support for runaway, homeless youth at risk aged 14-21 from all population strata and sectors, regardless of religion, race, sex or gender. At Shanti House we take care of youth in immediate danger or liable to get into physical violence, sexual abuse, delinquency, prostitution, etc. Additionally, we implement a preventive program for youth at risk around Israel.
The Shanti House Association operates two separate homes: Shanti House in Tel Aviv and the Desert Shanti Youth Village located on Route 40, about 5 kilometers from Sde Boker. Altogether 75-105 youth stay in both homes on any given day.
Shanti House’s doors are open to emotionally injured, abandoned youth, who have usually also been physically, sexually and emotionally abused. We believe that a loving home with people who care can change a person’s life. Therefore, the homes is the center of our care-giving model, with a compassionate family atmosphere.
With decades of experience in caring for tens of thousands of youngsters and over 30 years of operation, we have created a track where 80% return to normative life, complete 12 years of studies and matriculation exams, and enlisted into the army. Shanti House Children attend various educational institutions and catch up on their education. Later, some even choose to take part in a training course for instructing distressed youth with the purpose of working at Shanti House.
In the course of the years of our activity, Shanti House has gone a long way, primarily in the uniqueness of the care-giving methods developed by Mariuma for distressed youth over 31 years of work. The Shanti House team developed a model that can be implemented in any country seeking to assist youth at risk. In our vision, our care-giving approach would serve as a global model, and the Shanti House Association as an international umbrella body that would encourage collaborations with the purpose of creating a fairer, healthier world.
Shanti House graduates are supported and assisted for years on the practical as well as emotional level. Many continue to visit the House, mainly on Friday nights and for holiday dinners, when it continues to serve as their family.
Despite its extensive activities, Shanti House is supported mainly through donations: 20% governmental funding by the Ministry of Welfare and 80% private donors.
We are here, first and foremost, for you. Do not hesitate to call us. There will always be someone on the other side of the line, there will always be someone who will open the door for you – at any time. Even if it doesn’t seem easy right now, even if it feels dark, you must always remember that everything has a solution.
Whoever you are and wherever you are – you truly are not alone!
We are ready and willing around the clock, 365 days a year, We also accept collect calls.