Vacations, that are supposed to be happy times, can be traumatic for children in out-of-home care with nowhere to go. The therapeutic overnight camps are critical as they provide Orr Shalom children with a safe and supportive environment where they can also grow, explore, and build self-confidence while having fun and making new friends.
Orr Shalom provides warm, loving homes and therapeutic and educational services to 1,300 children who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services due to severe abuse and/or neglect. Orr Shalom homes close for Sukkot, Chanukah, Pesach and August to give house parents and staff a short but critical break. Where possible, Orr Shalom children visit their biological or extended families. However, many children are either orphans or they come from domestic situations that are so violent, abusive or dysfunctional that it is impossible for them to go home. To ensure that they remain in a safe, caring and educational framework and do not regress to past destructive behaviors, Orr Shalom runs a residential camp for children who have nowhere else to go.