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FACT: MASK is dedicated to identifying teens in conflict by increasing knowledge and bringing awareness to our communities. This is the key that opens the door to prevention and helps save the lives of our children. MASK collaborates with Rabbonim, community leaders, and related organizations.

FACT: Many children suffer from learning disabilities such as ADD or ADHD. Others suffer from self-destructive behaviors such as anorexia, bulimia, and self-mutilation. In some situations, there are personality disorders, or other psychological conditions, which require professional guidance and/or intervention.

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Children from every segment of the Orthodox Jewish Community are involved in gambling, internet, alcohol and substance abuse. They face enormous dangers to their health and spirit. The ravages of drug abuse can range from alienation from their families and culture to malnutrition and/or emotional problems.

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MASK provides ongoing support for parents who are encouraged to keep in contact with each other between meetings. By sharing and offering support, the parents gain insight, and benefit from one another's experiences.

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MASK sponsors joint symposiums with various social service agencies world-wide.

FACT: When even one child in a family is experiencing difficulties, the entire family suffers.

 

 









 

MASK, Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids, began as a grassroots organization in 1997. In 1999 it evolved into a nonprofit 501 c (3) state-funded agency. Ten years ago, the Jewish community was seemingly immune from contemporary problems, such as drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity. Slowly, the anguished cries of parents began to surface and so MASK was born.

Parents turn to MASK as a lifeline in a world of newly perceived spiritual and emotional turmoil. With the advent of Internet access and increased media encroachment on our environment, our youth are more vulnerable than ever. MASK is here to bring youth back to themselves, to their families, and to their community. All this is done with confidentiality and understanding, without shame or stigma.

MASK is a major force in providing services to families with children in-conflict, both nationally and internationally. MASK has offered over 14,000 courageous families the necessary framework of support. Through our wide range of services we identify the community’s needs, work to prevent at-risk behavior, and promote
emotional wellness in families. "Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!"



MASK’s mission is to ensure that all parents/caregivers in the Jewish community receive the resources necessary to help them raise emotionally healthy families. This goal is accomplished through a confidential helpline, support groups, and prevention and awareness programs.  MASK’s helpline refers to therapists, counselors and institutions that will best meet the caller’s needs. By offering individual and group support, MASK enables families to remove the MASK of shame and rejection and helps empower them with the strength to move on.




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