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Offer Cohen

Offer Cohen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Shekulo Tov Group since 2006. He led the organization using determined strategy and oversaw its implementation over the past 11 years. Shekulo Tov was founded in 2005 with the vision to help people with disabilities, and specifically people with psychiatric disabilities, to be included in society, to pursue their journeys, to reach their functional goals and to live independently in their community.

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Shekulo Tov
Model
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Sectors
Mental Health
Headquarters
Israel
Areas of Impact
Middle East & North Africa, Israel

Shekulo Tov

Shekulo Tov made a breakthrough in the rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped through its vision and belief that the mentally handicapped can be independent people who take responsibility for their lives. Shekulo Tov applies a business approach to its activity and bases its existence on a model of business relationships rather than on donations.

It has created a social consumer platform by branding its products, known for their high quality, with a label that explains the manufacture of each product and by distributing them through leading market channels. Shekulo Tov operates nine enterprises and ventures, and hundreds of sales points in eight regions in Israel. For example, Paper Work is a joint Jewish-Arab enterprise that designs products from recycled paper and employs 1,000 people in eight factories. The factories manufacture chocolate, candles, soaps, paper products and sweets, and include a wide variety of training programmes both in and out of the plant. These models have created employment criteria that have been adopted by the Ministry of Health and are now becoming part of the work procedures for the rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped in Israel.

It provides employment and rehabilitation services for 3,000 mentally handicapped persons, as well as a range of cultural and recreational initiatives for 1,400 rehabilitants, including regular trips throughout Israel, bicycling groups and coffee shop gatherings.

Although Shekulo Tov’s ventures are in the fields of employment and recreation, those who participate in the rehabilitation programmes experience changes in every aspect of their lives. In addition to the positive changes in livelihoods, they also undergo changes in their interpersonal relations: communication skills improve, relations with close family are tightened, and even their standing in the family is enhanced.

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