“The return of runaway and homeless youth to an optimal way of life through the creation of a supportive environment, designed and adapted to their needs”
When I was 20 years old, I began the most important journey of my life. I am thankful for everything that I have experienced up to this age and from this age on, and for the realization at an early age that I was destined for this mission.
I founded Shanti House in 1984, based on belief, faith, acceptance and compassion, towards young people who were homeless, who were hurt, who were deserted and felt helpless – regardless of religion, gender or nationality, each with their own God and their own unique backgrounds/circumstances.
Shanti House enables anyone entering its doors to be transformed from deserted to accepted, from lost to found, from individuals to family. Shanti House is a family composed of souls that have chosen to break away from the cycle of being victims, and instead be worthy of love and self-respect.
Knocking at our doors are young boys and girls who were deserted, who have emotional wounds, who lack a warm home, children suffering from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, children who want to die.
We believe that a home, love and a hug from someone who cares – can change a life.
Since 1984 Shanti House has been working to save tens of thousands of youth. More than 80% of them returned to healthy and wholesome life.
Throughout the years with the knowledge and experience we have earned, we have developed a model that can be learned and assimilated in any country that wishes to provide solutions for children at risk.
The children join educational and military frameworks, and are provided with support and tools.
Graduates leaving Shanti House choose a life full of hope and a future, and most of them continue the circle of giving.
My greatest pride in the current journey is that some of the House’s graduates chose to continue to work with Shanti House children. We believe that these graduates, who have themselves lived on the streets, are most capable of understanding and rehabilitating youth at risk.
It is our vision that the Shanti House therapeutic approach will serve as a global umbrella model that will unite forces and work together for a fairer, healthier world.
I thank everyone who has contributed – financially, emotionally, morally, spiritually and become our partners – in helping Shanti House youth, providing solid ground to flourish, a hug to believe in themselves, the strength to dare, a dream to realize and the courage to choose another path in life
Tedx- Tel Aviv
Mariuma was selected as one of CNN’s top 25 Heroes in 2017, out of thousands of candidates from 187 countries.
“I am excited to be one of the 25 finalists in the world and to be part of such a distinguished team of men and women who brought change to the world … I am proud to present the beautiful side of my country and especially proud in presenting my children – graduates of Shanti House, This nomination is for them. “
Shanti House's Way
Shanti House's Way
Shanti House opened its doors in 1984 for youth at risk and in immediate danger (ages 14-21). Since then, Shanti House has provided shelter and assistance to these young people, regardless of religion, race, nationality or gender, helping them shape their way into independent life.
Shanti House doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without the need for official referral or waiting period.
Shanti House serves as a temporary home and a long-term solution for youth who are in immediate danger. Through structured comprehensive and psychotherapy treatment, we build a strong positive relationship in order to foster trust, giving the youngsters the help they need to transmit out of life on the street, leading them to choose their own way in life and be committed to their decisions. During their stay, the children of Shanti House receive wide educational and therapeutic assistance that includes counseling and professional guidance, so that they can mobilize their strengths, believe in themselves and their abilities, and choose life.
The colorful design of Shanti Houses is part of Mariuma’s therapeutic approach. An aesthetic design that adds familial atmosphere and creates a sense of optimism and positive experience that has a tremendous impact, enabling youth to feel worthy of having chosen to save their lives. We believe that the special design and decor greatly contributes to the children’s feeling of self-esteem and respect.
Shanti House’s graduates receive assistance, support and counseling at the main crossroads of their lives.
Many of our graduates continue to visit the House, especially for Kabbalat Shabbat and holiday meals, as Shanti House continues to serve as their family.
Since its establishment, more than 54,000 youth have chosen to live: they have survived street life, studied, enlisted in the IDF and successfully integrated into society as independent and contributing citizens.
Shanti House operates two houses: Shanti House in Tel Aviv and Shanti House in the desert. A new Shanti House in Jerusalem is expected to open soon.
Michael Ben Yosef - Vice Director General
Michael was born in 1969 and grew up in Holon. During his military service he served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force and acquired professional education in computer engineering and monitoring.
At the age of 24 he established and managed a business in Israel and abroad and acquired extensive experience. At the end of 2001 while he was still the owner and CEO of a large fitness club in Tel Aviv, he arrived at Shanti House to distribute donuts to the children during Hannuka and fell in love with the place. For few years he continued to donate and volunteer until in 2005 he decided to leave the business world and to devote himself to the organization’s activities.
Mariuma and Michael are the mother and father of Shanti House. Together they provide strength to our youth and act as role models to the youngsters who learn compassion and courage from them and to choose life.
Michael took an essential part in the establishment of Desert Shanti House Youth Village. Since its opening, Michael serves as the Vice Director of the Shanti Houses Association .
Michael is Mariuma’s right hand in running and developing the Association. He is a mentor, counselor, friend and especially a partner to the Shanti House way and its vision. Michael has an inseparable part in the Association’s development and in bringing it to its significant achievements.
Michael plays a central role in Kabbalat Shabbat, when every week he tell an inspiring story to all the Shanti House children.
Harel Insurance Company
Meitav Dash Investment House Ltd.
Adler Chomsky & Warshavsky
The Azrieli Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation LA
Marie Bendet Foundation
Keren Pamai Tikva
Fritz Naphtali Foundation
Govermental/ local Municipalities
Tel Aviv Municipality
Ramat HaNegev Regional Council
Ministry of Welfare
Shanti House Association in a non profit organization according to the Israeli Law (46 A) registration # 58-0199495
American Friends of Shanti House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (registration # 46-2548190)