Our Principles

Kishorit draws much of its therapeutic philosophy from the Kibbutz movement. This is evident in two central ways. First, it honors the notion that every member should give to the community according to his/her ability and take from the community according to his/her need.  Second, Kishorit recognizes the therapeutic value of work and almost every Kishorit member is employed, either in the general community or in one of the businesses or service centers in the kibbutz.
 
At Kishorit, great emphasis is placed on autonomy and self-determination. Kishorit members are encouraged to set personal goals and are supported in achieving as much independence as possible. After living most of their lives on the margins of society, Kishorit offers its members an opportunity to develop true friendships and a deep sense of belonging and community life.
 
Belonging to a community gives the members tremendous self confidence and raises their self esteem.  Rather than being socially isolated and very lonely, Kishorit gives its members the opportunity to be full partners in communal life, integrated into the general workforce or in one of the kibbutz businesses. Being employed gives the members the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, to develop a sense of responsibility and express themselves in creative, meaningful ways.

Autonomy

The members of Kishorit live in a supportive community that allows them to fulfill their potentials, despite their disabilities, and provides them with the tools to plan their live rather than having their futures dictated to them. 
The members are full partners in determining where they will work, how they will integrate into the community, as well as the therapeutic and rehabilitative goals that they want to achieve. 

With the guidance of the staff, the kibbutz member make community decisions about their lives and the organization of communal events.  Members are full partners in building the community through a variety of committees, setting communal norms and behaviors, and managing the villagers’ daily lives.