BEIT RAFAEL cares for the physical and emotional needs of families, whilst their loved ones are undergoing hospital treatment, by providing them with ‘a home away from home’ – a quiet place where they can stay and recover their emotions in a private setting.
BEIT RAFAEL’s fully self-contained apartments, including foodstuffs, are available to members of the community at no charge.
BEIT RAFAEL Benevolent Institution, was established by Adina and Shimon Allen in 2012. It is registered with the Australia Taxation Office as a ‘Public Benefit Institution’ with fully tax deductible (DGR) status.
BEIT RAFAEL is named in honour of Adina’s father, Rafael Birnbaum A”H. Significantly the name RAFAEL is the name of one of G-D’s four ministering angels, who is specifically charged with the healing of the unwell.
To date, BEIT RAFAEL has assisted hundreds of families. Sometimes a family may only require the apartment for the day, in other circumstances the apartments are used for weeks or even months at a time.
An additional BEIT RAFAEL initiative is the Medical Shuttle. This vehicle, with an in-built wheelchair facility, assists community members who require transportation to and from medical treatments and appointments. A team of trained and dedicated volunteers are available to drive patients at pre-arranged times.
WHEN SOMEONE IS HOSPITALISED THEIR GREATEST COMFORT IS THE PRESENCE OF FAMILY
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Currently there are four conveniently located BEIT RAFAEL apartments. One is across the street from The Royal Children’s Hospital. In addition it also serves The Royal Women’s Hospital as well as The Royal Melbourne Hospital in North Melbourne. The second apartment is located across the street from Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, the third apartment is across the street from The Monash Medical Centre in Clayton and the fourth apartment is located opposite the Alfred Hospital in Prahran.