• In the Barnea neighborhood in Asheklon, you will find the Café Galeria, a unique social business, which employs 12 people coping with psychological and emotional issues. Café Galeria is run by the Gvanim Association in partnership with the Barnea Community Center.

    The café was recently renovated and refurnished with the support of the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Health. Over the past year, the café has garnered support from its regular clientele who come to meet friends, hold business meetings, conferences, business events, and celebrations.

    In addition to the beautiful views and unique atmosphere, the café also serves as a gallery, displaying wall paintings and sculptures created by Gvanim artists who are coping with psychological and emotional illnesses and who possess talents in the arts. In the future, the café hopes to host art exhibitions and cultural evenings in which professional artists, students, and the general public will participate.
    Rachel, who has been an employee of the café since its establishment, said, “It is fun to get up in the morning with a purpose, to see friends, to go to work, and to learn new things.” This routine might seem ordinary; but for people coping with psychological and emotional disabilities, there are times when routine can be straining and challenging. Café Galeria enables people to overcome these difficulties, to develop the self-confidence for employment, and to acquire the skills that will help them to build a foundation for future employment, to earn a living, and to contribute to community life.

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