Fundacja OCALENIE, Warsaw
Ocalenie Foundation was established in 2011 and provides help for 3,000 refugees and migrants per year.
THE SOCIAL PROBLEM
Poland is not participating in migrant and refugee resettlement and relocation programs. But since many years refugees have been coming to Poland – mostly through the eastern border. Every year about 12,000 persons seek asylum in Poland. Despite the low number of refugees in Poland, they face discrimination, hate speech, aggression and prejudice every day. They also suffer from typical refugee challenges of past traumas, learning the new country, system and language, assimilation challenges and a lack of support networks. This combination of issues makes life in Poland difficult for migrants seeking to settle here.
To prevent the marginalization of refugees in Poland, Ocalenie Foundation runs help centers for foreigners (counselling, legal, psychological and vocational aid, Polish language courses), educational programs, sports activities, and cultural events. Ocalenie’s approach is a comprehensive one, to help migrant and refugee individuals and families integrate and assimilate and increase their chances of success in Poland.
SUPPORT FROM VALORES
Valores will provide financial assistance in the form of a three year grant in the aggregate amount of PN 180,000 PLN plus non-financial help for the organizational development of the Foundation. Valores’ support will specifically focus on Ocalenie’s new and innovative “Welcome Home” Program, in which Ocalenie provides access to permanent housing, in addition to its usual integration assistance. The program is addressed to refugee families threatened with homelessness and is based on re-renting apartments to refugee families that are leased by Ocalenie from local Polish residents. The initial plan is to provide housing for 20 families and also to develop a model with guidelines that can be implemented on a larger scale across the country. In addition, Valores will assist the Foundation with its plans to build a fundraising capacity that will allow it to become ever more independent from public sources.
Fundacja POMOST, Zabrze
Pomost Fundation is an organisation that helps addicts and former prisoners after release from prison. They support them during reentering the society. Pomost provides a half-way home and counseling services for former prisoners which includes: job search related issues and behavioral health.
Valores supports the staff and operational costs to achieve a stronger organisational structure and to expand the half-way home and the counseling services for former prisoners.
BORIS – Office for Service to the Movement of Social Initiatives, Warsaw
BORIS is an independent association involved with the creation and establishment of Non-governmental organisations (NGO). It also supports social initiatives and public institutions in their actions directed towards the common good. BORIS initiated or co-created variety of new network organisations at the national level to address a number of important social issues:
Valores supports the staff and operational costs for the model-development of a system designed to help people with intellectual disabilities “Safe Future”. This collaborative initiative has high chances to succeed due to already tested methodology developed by BORIS. The methodology is based on collective (networked) process of developing ideas, gaining allies and strategic thinking, leading to consequent implementation of the planned activities.
Twoje Nowe Możliwości Association, Wroclaw
TNM supports young (aged 18-35) and talented people with disabilities, whose intellectual potential enables them to graduate from university and then to perform professional work which requires advanced qualifications. They include:
- disabled high school students or graduates planning to start university studies,
- disabled students,
- disabled university graduates who need support to enter the labour market.
One of key problems is social exclusion of university graduates, 70% of whom are economically passive after graduating.
- Problems with selecting a suitable university programme,
- No access to comprehensive information about available education options,
- Limited independence and social integration,
- Insufficient preparation of academic staff.
- Employment of the Director for Project and Finance Coordination;
- Development of support for students in the following voivodships: Lower Silesia, West Pomeranian, Lubusz, Opole;
- Launch of a project addressed to graduates;
- Development of sales training for academic teachers – whole country;
- Development of the sale of camp addressed to students – whole country.
Camillian Mission for Social Assistance Foundation, Warsaw
Camillian Mission for Social Assistance Foundation (CMSAF) was created in 2011 and was formally established as a foundation in 2017. It is devoted to help homeless persons; a total of 400 people are assisted each year.
THE SOCIAL PROBLEM
In addition to homelessness, the significant problems facing the persons that receive support from CMSAF include unemployment and lack of professional qualifications, lack of identification documents, legal, housing and health issues, hygiene and food problems, as well as general practical helplessness in life. The estimated number of homeless persons in Warsaw alone is 2,700 while in all of Poland the number totals over 33,000.
The Foundation runs its key programs aimed at assisting victims of homelessness in the vicinity of Warsaw. These include the St Lazarus Welfare Boarding House, which has the capacity for 80 homeless persons and houses some 300 persons annually. The Foundation’s staff and volunteers engage in its Streeworking program to seek out and assist homeless persons in the districts of Włochy, Ochota and Ursus. CMSAF also operates 11 training apartments that currently have the capacity to house 38 homeless persons, where its beneficiaries can obtain longer-term residence to re-establish their lives, become independent and self-sufficient again. Another key program is the “Piekne Miejsce” social cooperative, which offers business services such as catering, security, renovations and engages homeless persons working there as a way to help its beneficiaries return to the labour market and receive documents confirming their professional experience. CMSAF also is active in advocacy on behalf of the homeless and offers them free legal advice.
SUPPORT FROM VALORES
Thanks to Valores’ financial and non-financial support CMSAF will further develop its training apartments program. An additional 15 places will be offered for homeless persons. The expansion of the training apartments capacity will also allow to host an additional 60 persons each year in the St Lazarus Welfare Boarding House. Valores’ grant will support the program and simultaneously encourage local authorities to finance it in their local areas.
Fundacja Integracja, Warsaw
Integracja engages people with disabilities into mainstream society and enables their full social and economic integration. This is accomplished by improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, representation and advocacy on their behalf, and changing awareness of both the disabled and the society at large, about the rights of people with disabilities.
Valores supports the staff and operational costs to expand Integracja’s revenue-generating expert activities: digital and building accessibility audits, employer and customer service training and education regarding the engagement with disabled clients and employees. Expert activities address accessibility challenges related to employment and physical barriers for people with all sorts of disabilities
Fundacja Samodzielni Robinsonowie, Warsaw
FSR is building a nationwide system to facilitate young adults’ successful transition from institutional foster care to independent living. It is the only organisation in Poland actively addressing those challenges. FSR designs and implements structured educational programs, engaging social aid institutions and business to increase the number of young people prepared for independence, self-reliance and employment.
Valores supports the staff and operational costs for expanding the Safe Internship Program (a platform for organising and monitoring corporate internships) which has profit-generating potential that can sustain the activities in the long term.
Fundacja Szczęśliwe Dzieciństwo, Lublin
FSD challenges young people to become active, engaged citizens, with a strong value system. FSD offers a two-year intensive, Crown of Polish Education program () for schools, focused on fostering teamwork, engagement and understanding of local communities for a valuable extra-curricular experience.
Valores supports the staff costs related to the expansion of the geographic scope of the Crown of Polish Education beyond the city of Lublin, as well changes in FSD’s relationship with schools making the program more financially self-sustaining.