Beit Rafael Bikkur Cholim has been able to purchase an apartment within walking distance of the Royal Children’s Hospital and other major hospitals in North Melbourne, thanks to the support of the Jewish community.
Beit Rafael was established 10 years ago to attend to and provide security, safety and valuable help for the community.
When a family member is in hospital Beit Rafael provides those caring for the sick individual with fully furnished, self-contained, cost-free accommodation within walking distance to several hospitals in Melbourne.
Beit Rafael also assists with transportation to medical appointments with volunteers available to drive those in need in one of their four medical shuttles, including two with wheelchair accessibility.
Hospital crisis accommodation has been one of Beit Rafael’s most frequently used services, with hundreds of families grateful to have been able to remain close to their hospitalised loved ones. There are Beit Rafael apartments near the Alfred Hospital, Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Monash Medical in Clayton and hospitals around Flemington Road in North Melbourne.
Earlier this year Beit Rafael held a fundraising campaign to raise the funds required to purchase a permanent home for the community to use while patients are in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Since launching the fundraising campaign and sharing it in The AJN, Beit Rafael has been able to afford the purchase of an apartment opposite the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Founders and directors of Beit Rafael, Shimon and Adina Allen, wanted to thank the community, asking: “How do we adequately express our gratitude to everyone who helped make our dream of purchasing an apartment by the RCH into a reality?
“Each and every one of you has played a part in achieving this incredible result,” they said, adding, “From all corners of our community, no matter what financial status, religious observance or geographical position, you all came together to create a safe haven for families who are being tested at the worst time of their lives. At a time of great trauma, they have the community behind them.”
The contract of sale for the apartment has gone through, and Shimon and Adina shared, “To be able to purchase it outright, with no mortgage is beyond words. To have extra funds to install air conditioning and to spruce it up is an unimagined bonus.”
They added, “Please accept our sincere, heartfelt gratitude for assisting Beit Rafael to achieve this goal.”