Philanthropic partners have teamed up to establish a new solution for youth at risk that tackles the shortage of out-of-home placements in the southern region. The Goldberg Community Anchor is intended for 12-18 year olds from Be'er Sheva and the south. It has been built from scratch according to a unique flexible care model, fully coordinated with community-based services and schools, to provide a range of therapeutic and rehabilitative programs, both residential and daycare. As an "anchor in the community", the goal of the village is to enable youth at risk to weather turbulent periods and come through strengthened and equipped to rejoin mainstream society.
The Community Anchor will ultimately serve 200 adolescents in group homes, after-school therapeutic clubs, a multi-disciplinary therapeutic day center (known as Meitar), and a short-term shelter. These frameworks come under a joint administration, and the common areas of a central multi-purpose building, a gym and landscaped gardens. Provision of top-quality care and sensitivity to the individual needs of the teens are the guiding principles of the village's layout and interior design.
Today, the Anchor is home to 60 youngsters and treats 30 teenagers in after-school clubs and 45 in the Meitar. 200 youth stayed during 2010 in the short-term shelter. In addition, 170 parents and their teenage children participate in weekly sessions at the Parent-Adolescent Center.