Hiram was founded in the summer of 2001 inside Kibbutz Harduf as a rehabilitation center for people going through or following a mental crisis. Being located far from the bustling city allows us to offer people going through the rehabilitation process the help they need in a quiet and protected place, within rural surroundings, far from the stresses of life and the feelings of urban solitude.
At the core of Hiram’s is the view of the human being and the world that believe in the possibility of change and the indomitable human spirit. We offer the challenge of personal development within an enveloping community setting, where suffering and illness pose an opportunity for change, growth and building a new life filled with hope.
The rehabilitation process is a personally customized plan that includes housing, employment, leisure-time, art and enrichment classes, personal support, group guidance and psychiatric therapy. The goal of the rehabilitation is to return the rehabilitant to him/herself and to society in accordance with their individual capabilities.
Hiram operates as part of the Ministry of Health’s rehabilitation program.
People come to Hiram from a variety of populations: people whose life circumstances have led them to have existential crises, at times to the point of complete dysfunction, despite the fact that some of them have high skills and capabilities Crises such as a traumatic military service, difficult family relationships, sexual abuse, drug abuse and other circumstances that have triggered anxiety, depression and suicide attempts. Young people with personality disorders find their way to us after giving up on other solutions to their situation. The people who come to us are often broken and in despair, with very low self-esteem, but they do have a sincere desire to emerge from the crisis even if it requires hard work.
Daily routines in Hiram consist of four main areas that are implemented, at differing degrees of emphasis, throughout the years of rehabilitation: social life, work, art, and personal support. This is combined with communal life based on genuine sharing and honest interaction and communication. The communal sphere enables us to get to know ourselves and develop relationships of mutual trust in ourselves and in the people around us.
We believe it is important that the circle around the patient's rehabilitation include all aspects of life and coordination between them: housing, employment, leisure-time, personal accompaniment, group guidance and psychiatric support. This makes lively discourse possible between all professional therapists, centered around each rehabilitant's progress and needs at various stages and with his full cooperation.