Founded in 1984 by Mariuma Ben Yosef, who was herself a homeless youth, Shanti House serves as a temporary home and long-term supportive residence for runaway, homeless youth ages 14-21. It cares for youth in imminent danger of physical violence, sexual abuse and prostitution and it also runs a preventive program for youth before they reach this stage. Shanti House operates a home in Tel Aviv and another in the Negev. There are a total of 75-105 youth in both homes on any given day. According to Shanti House, 90% of its youth complete 12 years of study and matriculation exams and enlist in the IDF.
The Therapeutic Horseback Riding program provides therapeutic horseback riding for at-risk youth.