Rayim doesn’t just provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities. We offer our love and support to their families as well.
These are some of the ways we support parents and families:
For nearly a decade, Rayim has hosted the parents of those we serve at an annualShabbos Hischazkus event. Usually held in the spring, the event typically serves as a post-Pesach getaway—it’s the perfect time to take a break and recharge. Parents attend free of charge and enjoy dynamic speakers, lavish meals, entertainment, and a relaxed occasion for mingling and enjoying each other’s company.
The Rayim Shabbos is known for giving parents an opportunity to find support, inspiration, and new knowledge, and to form friendships that last throughout the year. It’s an event that many look forward to as the highlight of their year.
The Lev Bonim sibling support group was created to address the ever-increasing need to provide support for siblings of children with special needs. While we aim to provide chizuk for parents throughout our year-round programs, support for siblings is just as vital. Lev Bonim gathers regularly, to bring its members together in a warm and inviting environment that will allow them to bond with each other.
Gatherings can include scrumptious dinners followed by entertainment and fun, as well as group outings. Bringing siblings together keeps them from feeling isolated and gives them the opportunity to feel proud of their sisters and brothers.
Rayim regularly arranges getaways, lunches, and outings for the mothers of individuals we assist. These occasions give mothers a chance to release stress, enjoy each other’s company, and indulge in a little entertainment and relaxation. Our events have ranged from a day at the spa to a Hudson River cruise. The chizuk and strength mothers draw from these informal gatherings help them recharge and bounce back to everyday life, empowering them in their special role as the core of every Jewish home.
Through a specially designed state contract, Rayim is able to provide financial support to families who care for a disabled individual in their home. Families can submit applications and itemized receipts for expenses to be reimbursed on a quarterly basis, and reimbursements for approved expenses are also distributed to families quarterly. Eligible expenses can include many different types of costs related to caring for an individual with special needs, ranging from out-of-pocket medical fees to respite services to camp fees.
Both families who are currently receiving services from Rayim and those who are enrolled with other organizations or are in the process of becoming eligible for services can apply for reimbursements.