Susan’s House

Susan’s House Jerusalem employs youth at-risk ages 15-18 who are disconnected from society, not currently enrolled in school and often unemployed. Susan's House combines classical vocational rehabilitation programming with real-life work experience in order to help their target beneficiaries successfully assimilate back into society. During their time at Susan's House the youth learn how to manufacture and sell unique glass, jewelry, housewares, and arts & crafts. They also, under the guidance and instruction of adults, social workers and volunteer artists acquire life skills, develop self-esteem & confidence, and learn communal values and best practices.
As a result of its success, Susan’s House has opened a second branch in Eilat together with IVN.

Joined IVN’s portfolio in May 2013 as part of IVN's Tandem Fund.

STATUS: Current

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Mentors

Rachel Offer
Formerly a manager and Senior VP of HR at Comverse, Rachel is currently a management and HR consultant with over 30 years of experience.

Yair Sakov
VP of Business Development at Al Fanar (an Arab-led social venture specializing in Arab workforce development and placement) and owner of the Tanor Group, Yair has decades of experience as a senior executive with international high-tech companies and VC’s, including Gilat Satellite Networks, Intel, Vertex Venture Capital, 3Com and more.

 

Co-Investors

IVN & the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Impact

Number of Youth-at-Risk Employed

  • 2014 – 35
  • 2015 – 35
  • 2016 – 35
  • 2017 – 35

Youths Enlisting in IDF or doing National Service

  • 2016 – 85%

Youths Completing High School

  • 2016 (projected) – 50%

Self-generated Income as % of Total Budget

  • 2014 – 30%
  • 2015 – 50%
  • 2016 – 80%
  • 2017 – less then 30% due to ~NIS 600k that were raised in order to build the new factory