Sometimes women are not ready to go straight from the shelters to living alone. To ensure a successful transition period, Bat Melech operates a number of transition apartments. These apartments give the women continued support while gradually easing their level of dependency.
There are usually only two or three families in each transition apartment and are located in the same neighborhoods as the shelters so that children can remain in the same schools and still benefit from shelter activities. Both women and their children continue to receive therapy and psychological treatment from the shelter staff while living in the apartments.
While the rent of the apartments is covered by Bat Melech , women are still encouraged to try to find ways to financially support themselves as a way to integrate themselves into society and the workforce.
A special individualized program is created for each woman, so that each step of her journey to an independent life is monitored and guided. A detailed plan and set goals are created for each woman so that she can have a clear map of her progress.
A transitional apartment is just the beginning of what is often a long personal and financial struggle.
Women come to Bat Melech in a time of crisis – and they are provided with a safe and rehabilitative environment. However, the problems these women encounter do not end when they leave the shelter, and neither does Bat Melech’s involvement.
Over 100 women are still in contact with Bat Melech, and continue to receive emotional and financial support from us on a daily basis. Women and children participate in support groups and specialized activities such as – trips, lectures and holiday celebrations.
Bat Melech activities provide a much needed respite to the complicated and stressful lives of the women and children who leave our shelter – and give them the strength to continue down their difficult paths.
Many women and children who stay at our shelter are impoverished upon entering the shelter, and are often much worse off financially upon leaving. By “adopting” a family and offering them ongoing support, you will directly impact and improve their lives. Please contact Bat Melech at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.