A helping hand
Sharing the load
When a child is sick, parents need extra support to cope with the myriad of tasks on their plate. Zichron Menachem is there to some of the load off. We know that when parents feel supported, they are able to care for their child with cancer more easily. This directly affects their child’s physical and emotional recovery from cancer. Our volunteers stay with children in hospital so parents can go home for much-needed rest. Big-brothers also help with the other kids in the family and national service girls help ensure the house runs smoothly. Support for parents is support for the entire family.
Since 1990 ZM has helped support 10,800 parents which has directly affected the ability of their children to recover
Guidance for parents
Guidance for parentsKnowledge is power
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents often don’t know what to do first. Zichron Menachem helps parents navigate the many medical and social issues that come with a cancer diagnosis. Parent liaisons give parents answers to their many questions as well as an introduction to the many services Zichron Menachem provides.
Counselling and therapy
Counselling and therapyHealing for the soul
Parents receive complementary one-to-one counselling from experienced mental health professionals. This extra support helps parents cope with the many emotional challenges they face when a child has cancer.
Support groupsStronger together
Support groups help parents feel that they are not alone and that their challenges are not unique. These groups enable them to learn from the experiences of other parents in a similar situation. The groups also help ease the emotional burden placed on them when a child has cancer.
Parents respiteA needed break
Parents caring for a child with cancer rarely have a moment to rest. Zichron Menachem’s respite trips provide parents with a much break. In addition to family weekends away in Israel throughout the year, we also take parents abroad. These trips give them an opportunity to reconnect with their spouse, and catch up on much-needed rest.
Family retreatsFun for everyone
Zichron Menachem treats the entire family to much-needed getaways. These trips away give parents and children a chance to reconnect with each other as well as meet other families going through a similar experience.
Challah and flowers for Shabbat
Challah and flowers for ShabbatA healing touch
Parents are often so busy taking care of the daily needs that they can forget the little touches that make a house a home. Each week, our volunteers bring challah and flowers to Zichron Menachem families, helping to bring Shabbat in on the right foot.
Spa & alternative therapy
Spa & alternative therapyTime to relax
Our newly built spa helps lift parents’ spirits. From massages to facials and reflexology, our treatments help ease tension, anxiety and worry.
Help at home
Help at homeSharing the load
Laundry, cooking, homework and more – taking care of a family is no small task, especially when children need extra care. Zichron Menachem sends volunteers and staff to our families, helping them with the regular chores so they can give attention to the kids who need it most.
Workshops and outings
Workshops and outingsCaring for parents
Parents get a chance to exercise their brains and have a break from taking care of a child with cancer with lectures and creative activities at the House of Dreams. What’s more, we regularly send volunteers to babysit to parents can go out alone and have a chance to reconnect with each other.