Need: The socioeconomic diversity of Jerusalem communities means that far too many neighborhoods of the city face growing poverty, widening gaps in childcare and education quality, and deteriorating social solidarity.
Response: Adopt-a-Neighborhood is a Jerusalem Foundation initiative that applies a comprehensive approach to community empowerment, encouraging residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods to set their community agendas and work together to achieve shared goals, resolve common problems and instigate systemic change that advances the welfare of their communities.
Populations Served: Adopt-a-Neighborhood was first launched in June 2008 in Kiryat Menachem and has since been expanded to encompass Kiryat Yovel, Gonenim and the City Center-Morasha area, with investment made in four areas of community development: education, employment, young adults and building community.
Impact: Adopt-a-Neighborhood is making a positive, long-lasting change in Jerusalem neighborhoods, helping shape attractive and desirable neighborhoods that offer target communities a high quality of life. Developments in specific neighborhoods include:
- Project Springboard: Breaking the Poverty Cycle through Education & Enrichment
- Rachel Karwan Child Development Center
- EcoTech vocational program and Community Computer Lab
- Mautner Community Garden – an oasis of serenity inside a low-income area
- Jerusalem Mechina: Pre-Army Community Involvement Program
- Building Community – renovation of dilapidated apartments and public spaces
- STRIVE employment project & youth employment promotion efforts
- Kangaroo Family Center – quality daycare and early childhood services
- Greening Katamon – instilling environmental values and sustainability practices
- Early Childhood Center
- Canada House –Koschitzky Young Adults Center and IFCJ Community Services Floor
Gilo: has been designated as the next Adopt-a-Neighborhood community.
Partners: Jerusalem Municipality
Funding needed:1 million NIS per neighborhood