ERIC Number: ED118850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Housewife Club: Demonstration Project, in the Town of Netivot, of the Establishment and Development of a Communal Laundry Centre as an Agent of Community Development.
The report describes the development and operation of a communal laundry center, or housewife club in Netivot, Israel which provides laundry facilities, a social meeting place, and a variety of classes and services for users. The proposal for the club grew out of the difficulties facing the district social welfare bureau in solving the laundry problems of large families in the low-income community of 6,000 persons. During the three-year planning phase, community workers, trained by the Ministry of Social Welfare's Service for Community Work, interviewed residents to assess their needs and established a joint administrative committee of local authority and social welfare agency representatives. Characteristics of the population and the town, physical facilities of the laundry, center ownership and administration, and procedures for its daily operation are discussed. Participation in center activities (classes, films, lectures, and parent counseling sessions) by an average of 60 families a day from all sectors of the population is described. The report concludes that the club has become a family center which has improved community and family relations while serving as a model for similar clubs under construction throughout Israel. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Clubs, Community Centers, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Community Programs, Community Services, Family Problems, Family Programs, Foreign Countries, Homemakers, Homemaking Skills, Laundry Drycleaning Occupations, Low Income Groups, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Social Agencies, Social Welfare, Social Workers, Welfare Agencies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Social Welfare, Jerusalem (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Israel