Depending on their needs, residents either live in the village or off-site in neighboring Kiryat Tivon. Until 2:30 pm each day, they go to work either in the village or close by. There is a candle-making factory on site where residents pack candles and prepare them for export as well work in the Tulip Winery. Some work in the organic gardens, some help with landscaping and others looking after the animals at the Animal Farm. Be it laundry, helping in the dining room or at the village’s dog kennel, there is a meaningful job for everyone.
We were recently invited for a tour of this very special place that houses 220 adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. It was first opened in 1964. Named Kfar Tikva, Villa of Hope, this kibbutz-like community lives up to its name by helping residents develop and reach their potential.
Everyone stops for a healthy lunch then spends the afternoon enjoying leisure activities. We visited the art room where we saw incredible weavings, ceramics, dream catchers and beaded jewelry. When we visited the paper mache room with its bright collection of large giraffes, we all wanted to stay and create! Here is a peek at some of their crafts that are for sale
There are sports teams, bicycle clubs, a computer room, music and dance classes plus cultural events. There is also a Television and Media Club where residents learn to film, edit and write news about the community.
As residents age, the level of care increases. We visited a newly-built residence for the elderly that has large, comfortable rooms and full care.
We then went for a special wine tasting at Tulip Winery on site. Founded in 2003 by the Itzhaki family, their dream was to combine a business with social responsibility. This winery is the first of its kind in Israel. Tulip is now the largest boutique winery in Israel and has received international acclaim. We were presented with four of their wines for sampling accompanied by cheese platters.