Jewish House was founded in 1983 by brothers Anthony and Roger Clifford. Their substantial donation enabled the purchase of the building at 17 Flood street, and supported the organisation to grow and prosper through its early years. They did this with the inspiration and guidance of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson. As founding presidents Anthony and Roger invested considerable time and resources to establish the foundations of the organisation. It was initially a centre for counselling teenagers and others affected by drug and alcohol abuse and to address the growing trend of involvement in cults at the time. Today, through a dedication to excellence and its professional and uniquely embracing approach, it has evolved to be recognised as a pre-eminent institution in the provision of a far broader range of crisis services across all ages and community profiles.
Our innovative psycho social approach, whereby a number of services are combined in a unique way for each client and with subsequent follow-up, is a model well regarded by other organisations and has ensured a very high success rate in assisting people to rebuild their lives after a major crisis. In fact, Jewish House has become one of the leading agencies taking a holistic and community based approach to addressing the immediate distress, causes and outcomes of homelessness. Our model is well regarded by other organisations and has ensured a very high success rate in assisting people to rebuild their lives and have significantly positive outcomes after a major crisis. This is supported by data collected demonstrating 76% of clients had established themselves in stable housing.
Jewish House has evolved as a result of these innovative practices to be recognised as a pre-eminent institution in the provision of a broader range of crisis services across all ages and community profiles. Services have expanded to include a 24/7 help line, crisis accommodation, a kids program, psychology, psychiatry and social work services, as well as community education, prevention, pastoral care, job search support and other positive living programs.
We are the only service of this kind that understands that in some cases pets are integral to the process, and can accommodate them accordingly.
Our comprehensive range of services are provided to individuals and families suffering from such issues as homelessness, depression, suicide ideation, alcoholism, gambling and drug addiction, domestic violence, mental illness, unemployment, family disputes and other crises.