ADOPT A FAMILY

With the individual’s dignity in mind, Adopt a Family aims to support those benefiting by the program to reach their full potential – with a view to their achieving independent living. It is open to all, regardless of age, culture, nationality, political and/or religious beliefs.

Although times of crisis are typically challenging, we hope that community bonds will become strengthened, making the reciprocal principle of ‘love one another’ a reality.

The success of the Adopt a Family program relies very much on the support of Hellenic society. Besides groups of friends, the ‘Adopt a family’ program has also successfully incorporated the participation of several not-for-profit groups and associations.

Individuals, associations or businesses wishing to participate in this program by volunteering or supporting us in other ways may contact Maria Konti-Galinou or Polis Pantelidis, tel. 2111 821846, mobile tel. 6978247685 and 6975728790, or email athens@salvationarmy.gr

How the ‘Adopt a family’ program works

Referrals

Most of the people we help have been referred to us by friends of the people in need. We also have referrals from social institutions and other organizations. Many of the latter referrals do not wish to use official channels due to feelings of shame.

Building trust

We ask that the person who is introducing us to those in need may explain that we intend to be absolutely discreet in our efforts to assist – and inform the potential recipients that we will contact them to arrange a meeting. If they are not ready for a visit, we leave our phone number so they can contact us when they feel ready.

We also encourage the person who has introduced us to attend the first visit, which is, essentially, a friendly visit. During this first encounter, we try to build a bond of trust. If necessary, there may be many visits until they feel confident and comfortable enough to open up to us. The only reason we may breach the promise of confidentiality is if their life, or that of others, is endangered.

First interview

This normally takes place in their home and, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The situation is assessed, and information is gathered about who they are and what they need. Cooperatively an action plan is created with the specifics of their particular case and their needs.

It should be noted that no personal details, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers, are recorded in the action plan, to assure confidentiality.

Setting Priorities

The needs of the people seeking our assistance vary. Many times, they have not defined their own priorities.  We encourage them to set priorities, thus giving them goals to work toward, encouraging their sense of purpose and self-esteem.

Our goal is to stand beside recipients with respect - not pull them from the front, nor push them from behind. We also inform them about our own limitations: we cannot provide everything they need.

We use a variety of tools for comprehending and prioritizing human needs, such as Maslow’ s pyramid of needs, so our assistance is not limited to basics such as food, but also extends to other areas, like emotional and safety requirements. Many who have lost a comfortable lifestyle feel they are no longer socially accepted, and slowly end up experiencing bouts of depression –often spending long, gloomy hours in a dark room watching TV.

Additionally, we make sure we do not jeopardize the community image of those we assist. For example, some prefer to collect donations of food themselves, from the house of atrusted friend or relative, rather than have the provisions noticeably delivered to their doorstep.

Seeking support

After having set priorities and prepared the action plan, we present the plan to the network of supporters we have at our disposal - which is constantly growing. Again, we take care not to jeopardize the confidentiality of recipients, merely providing general case studies and lists of needs. Sympathetic individuals or groups of friends may then choose a case to support – and the duration of the support. We then proceed to facilitate this aid.

Follow up

We have regular follow-up meetings with those we help. This ensures the most effective assistance is being offered. From the offset, we make it clear to recipients that all assistance has a time limit.  The aid may include finding an alternative way to deal with their situation, like moving to housing with lower rent so that food and other bills can be paid.

Our mission is complete when the recipients are self-sufficient and display a solid sense of self-esteem, human dignity and hope.

 

The needs of the people seeking our assistance vary. Many times, they have not defined their own priorities.  We encourage them to set priorities, thus giving them goals to work toward, encouraging their sense of purpose and self-esteem.

Our goal is to stand beside recipients with respect - not pull them from the front, nor push them from behind. We also inform them about our own limitations: we cannot provide everything they need.

We use a variety of tools for comprehending and prioritizing human needs, such as Maslow’ s pyramid of needs, so our assistance is not limited to basics such as food, but also extends to other areas, like emotional and safety requirements. Many who have lost a comfortable lifestyle feel they are no longer socially accepted, and slowly end up experiencing bouts of depression –often spending long, gloomy hours in a dark room watching TV.  

Additionally, we make sure we do not jeopardize the community image of those we assist. For example, some prefer to collect donations of food themselves, from the house of atrusted friend or relative, rather than have the provisions noticeably delivered to their doorstep.

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