Chaverim is a non-profit, non-sectarian affiliated program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. We are committed to providing activities that enhance the quality of life for adults with developmental and other disabilities such as autism, mild retardation, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities. Our supportive environment helps our members realize their potential and become active, vital members of the community.
Chaverim offers a social program with numerous planned activities each month for ages 18 and over.
A typical month of activities include:
*Health and Fitness Classes
*Fun and Games
*Arts and crafts
Other activities include:
*Sporting events (Dodger Games)
Various day trips to places like:
*California Science Center
*Petersen Auto Museum
*Aquarium of the Pacific
*San Diego Zoo
We also have an annual Passover Seder and Chanukah party.
The cost of membership for participation in Chaverim is $250 a year or $25 paid monthly. However, no one is turned away from Chaverim due to financial hardship, and dues can be lowered. Please call for more information.
If you wish to attend an activity or learn about the program, please call (818) 464-3360. We will be happy to give you more information about what activities best meet your needs or the needs of your family member.
What does Chaverim do?
Chaverim provides a social program for persons with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and over. Our supportive environment helps our members realize their potential to become active, vital members of the community.
What is the relationship between Chaverim and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles?
Chaverim is a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. It receives an annual funding allocation from the Jewish Federation Council. JFSLA administrative services that support Chaverim include resource development, communications, finance, human resources, fundraising, and grant development.
Does a person have to be disabled to join Chaverim?
Yes, Chaverim is a program for developmentally disabled people. Most of our members have one or more of the following disabilities: autism, MMR, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, learning disabilities, and anxiety disorders.
Does a person have to be Jewish to join Chaverim?
No, everyone is welcome.
Why are there monthly dues and how much are they? What if someone cannot afford them?
Chaverim is a membership program, and dues help pay program expenses. Dues also give members the awareness that they have an investment in the program. The dues are $25 per month or $250 per year if paid at one time. However, no one is turned away from Chaverim due to financial hardship, and dues can be lowered.
Who are the Chaverim staff?
The Program Coordinator is Gerry Dicker. Karina Morgenstein is our Activity Specialist. There are many volunteers who run or help run our activities including Bobbi & Charles Baker, Joyce Berger, Libby Eglin, Herb Ehrmann, Ellyn Gelson, Barbara & Chuck Hand, Marlene & Nick Leone and Marge Young. Chaverim also has a Parent Advisory Committee.
How do I join Chaverim?
You can attend a few activities to see if Chaverim is right for you (we suggest 3 to get a good feel of the program). You can get a copy of the calendar mailed to you by calling the office. If you call the office and request an application and information packet it will be mailed to you. If you fill it out and return it with your check you will begin to receive the monthly calendar. Then you just attend activities as you wish.