Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
(Ronald L. Mace)
"Alin beit Noam – is about getting up in the morning and arriving with joy – without waiting for the day to end. Alin Beit Noam is not about saying that we have to be happy with what we have; rather it is about being seriously happy to live it. Alin Beit Noam is about meeting difference and discovering similarities."
Bruria Maya-Ganiram (National Service, 2010)
Alin Beit Noam sees itself as a place that requires volunteers and community involvement. Volunteering is viewed as an essential social and human value.
The quality of the Daycare Center model is based on three components:
- Physical conditions
- Number and quality of staff
The complexity of the disabilities that the daily users of Alin Beit Noam live with, combined with their mature ages requires a large number of qualified staff members. The ratio between members and staff as set out by the Ministry of Social Services is insufficient. From our experiences, to support members in achieving high quality of life with proper treatment, Alin Beit Noam recruits each year more than 30 volunteers for their National Service.
Youth who choose to volunteer to do National Service work within the Elga Cegla Day Center. The volunteers are integrated as staff members and are full partners in all of the Day Center activities. Volunteers participate in social, rehabilitative, group- and personal activities with the members. The work is meaningful and holds a lot of responsibility.
Throughout the year volunteers are challenged emotionally and physically and develop as valued and contributing members of society. Recognizing the complexity of their work, throughout the duration of their service volunteers are given individual and group support and supervision by professional staff. In addition, volunteers benefit from professional training in various fields.
For volunteers, Alin Beit Noam serves as a meeting place between diverse groups of Israeli society. Volunteers come from places across the political, economic and social spectrum; from cities, kibbutzim, and settlements; religious and secular; and natives and immigrants. For these young people, Alin Beit Noam, serves as a melting pot which promotes the values of tolerance, patience, and acceptance of diversity. Upon completion of their period of service, volunteers return to their communities, enriched with a deep sense of these values. The values that are gained through Alin Beit Noam continue to spread into the broader community.
Throughout the years, these volunteers, carrying out diverse roles, played a crucial part in the making of the Elga Cegla Day center as a first class professional place and leader in the field. We are able to say whole heartedly that the Day center would not exist without these volunteers.
Alin Beit Noam invites interested young people who are completing high school to a unique and challenge experience, one that requires significant dedication and giving, but is equally enriching and rewarding.