For most people, late adolescence and early adulthood mark an exciting and robust period of life. With the untapped possibility of the future beckoning, personal dreams, aspirations, and hopes for the future crystallize as self-exploration and discovery lead to vision and a sense of purpose. For young people struggling with mental illnesses or recovering from severe trauma, however, the promise and potential that usually characterize youth are replaced instead with overwhelming inability to function in the present and, naturally, with paralyzing anxiety with respect to the future. For these young people, the basic assumptions of normative youth which fundamentally affirm the promise of the future and optimism toward life, are dwarfed by an experience of life in which even the most simple functioning is a challenge, while consideration of the future is virtually impossible.
Crippled by histories of severe trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, terror attacks, and hereditary mental illness, the residents of Summit's rehabilitative communities, emerge into adulthood from a fundamentally disadvantaged position, struggling to learn the basic life skills that can position them to participate in society as full, equal members. They suffer from the full range of conditions: depression, personality disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and a range of other symptoms and illnesses. They arrive at one of Summit's two rehabilitative communities, or to its supported living program, often following periods of hospitalization, in the hopes that with the intensive support of both a community of peers and professional staff, they too can reverse the destructive patterns that have marked their short lives and reintroduce a sense of well-being, self-worth and ultimately a sense of personal direction into their lives as productive adults.
Designed to reach these most vulnerable of Israel's people, our programs accord participants the most valuable gift of all: hope for their future and the practical tools with which to sustain it, long after treatment has ended.
Summit's Psychosocial Rehabilitative Programs include adolescent (18-23 year old) and young adult (19-35) therapeutic communities, Supported Living Programs, a Vocational Support Center and a Rehabilitative Sports Center.
In addition, through the generosity and support of our partners, Summit operates enrichment programs such as art and drama-therapy programs. To learn more about donation opportunities please click here.