Areivim will work with any teenager or young adult, and their families, if we believe that we can create positive change in them and, without our intervention, they will not be able to mature into healthy, functioning adults.
Surprisingly, the above definition includes several unexpected categories and excludes several others. As we've matured, we've grown past the exclusive profile of drug user, homeless, and hater of everyone. Although we do still work with those, we've realized that those are not the only challenges which cause unhappy marriages, divorces, or children bred to be the next generation of teens at risk.
There are dozens of boys who are holding jobs, Daven every day, yet have a history of sexual abuse. There are many girls that have completed seminary and are in college, hoping to find Kolel quality husbands, and yet they are cutting themselves. Areivim helps these children. At the same time, such boys and girls make Areivim look bad, as if we are unwilling to work with the difficult cases. We look even worse when we undertake to help a teenager who lacks social skills as the result of an upbringing in a dysfunctional home. They too can marry and have healthy children, but only with the right help. Otherwise, they are a disaster waiting to happen.
In reality, we are dealing with the most difficult cases and doing it with expertise. We are coordinating therapy sessions, often joining them. We are in touch with them every day, the same as any sponsor would be. We are making sure that the boy and girl who appear to be a regular Shidduch become exactly that.
On the other hand, we won't invest in a teenager or their parents if they are unwilling to do what it takes to make themselves or their child healthy. I can't help someone who has a serious diagnosis and refuses to acknowledge it. We can't create positive change in such a person.
At Areivim, we approach our work methodically, no different than any business, profit or non-profit, should. We have limited resources and do our best to dedicate those resources in the most effective manner we can. Our dedication and businesslike approach is seen in our results.
Partnering with Areivim will save our children and, more importantly, our future generations. I'm asking my friends to please click on the banner below, or call the office at 845-371-2760, and partner with us. Our dinner will be held Motzei Shabbos, December 1st, at Ateres Charna.