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Completed Programs

PROVISION OF FOOD FOR THE REFUGEE PROGRAM’S SOUP KITCHEN

Duration: October 2015 - December 2015

Donor: Ioannis S. Latsis Foundation

Meals offered: 8,450

DISTRIBUTION OF PREPAID CARDS

Duration: July 2019 - September 2021

Donor: IOM

More than 32,000 refugees, beneficiaries of financial assistance who live either in Shelters or in autonomous places of residence throughout Attica, are served monthly.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE "INSIEME"

Duration: February - September 2021

Donor: Conferanza Episcopale Italiana 

Providing support through the payment of utility services (DEKO) to 36 families of Greeks and immigrants, as well as the purchase and distribution of food items for the soup kitchen of Caritas Athens. 

SYRIAN PROGRAM

Duration: January 2015 - January 2016

Donor: Caritas Italiana

Counseling on social/ legal issues - Meals’ distribution (soup kitchen) - Clothes’ distribution -Distribution of additional food & clothing - Accommodation for vulnerable individuals -Language courses - Creative play – Socialization - Play room, Christmas party - Visit to: the Zoo, the Acropolis Museum, the Planetarium.

EMERGENCY POVERTY RELIEF – SOCIAL GUIDANCE ON INTEGRATION OF VULNERABLE MIGRANTS IN ATHENS

Duration: September 2015 - April 2016

Donor: Solidarity Now

Co-financed actions of the Refugee Program:

Food distribution - Clothes Distribution - Distribution of baby food and toiletries - Social Services - Language courses - Creative play for children - Payroll for Caritas Athens four employees - Group sessions for counseling on pregnancy, supported by a volunteer midwife from Hippocration Athens’ General Hospital, two social workers, and three interpreters from Caritas Athens.

EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO THE BALKANS – START I

Duration: November 2015 - April 2016

Donor: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Within the framework of the program we distributed 2,372 jackets, 2,403 raincoats, 2,168 pairs of shoes, 2,855 pairs of socks, and 2,468 underwear to 3,036 refugee beneficiaries. We also launched the operation of new toilets and shower facilities for the needs of the Refugee Program’s beneficiaries at 52, Kapodistriou street, as well as the Day Center for Refugee Families at Victoria Square (8, Ainianos street), aiming to cover their most basic needs (personal hygiene, food, children care and play, distribution of clothing and web access). We ran information campaigns for refugees at the port of Piraeus thrice a week and daily at Victoria Square, distributing 10,426 flyers with practical information in English, Arabic, and Farsi.

It is worth noting that the model Day Center was awarded an international prize for innovative spaces in 2016 for resembling a House rather than a Service. World Future Council, Filia Die Frauenstiftung Institute & UN Women, ranked it among SPACES category, where the beneficiaries would not need to book an appointment and they can decide whether and when they should share their concerns with counselors.

REFUGEE PROGRAM

Duration: August 2016 - September 2017

Donor: LDS Charities

Duration: September 2017 – February 2018

Support to the Refugee Program’s activities

LOVING AND OFFERING by Caritas Hellas

Duration: January 2016 - February 2018

Donor: Benefit Foundation

Financial aid to 180 families in different areas, covering their expenses, such as for rent, utility bills, food and medication, depending on a family’s financial situation.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES

Donor: Hellenic Red Cross

Distribution of food packages to forty-six (46) vulnerable families.

HELP CENTER FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Duration: April 2016 - December 2019

Donor: Caritas Italiana

Development of Listening Centers at the parishes of the Diocese of Athens in cooperation with the parochial Caritas.

Sessions of psychosocial support are provided at the Center with possible referrals, if necessary, as well as job counseling and programs of creative employment for psychological relief and social integration.

It is addressed to parishioners, refugees and migrants, by appointment.

FEAD

Duration: January 2015 - December 2020

Donor: Municipality of Athens

Distribution of food to families in need by the Municipality of Athens. In parallel, the same beneficiaries attend counselling sessions, in the framework of the Social Partnership “Athens: Capital of Solidarity”, funded by the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in which Caritas Athens participates as a partner.

REFUGEE COACHING: “From now on … What?”

Duration: November 2017 - November 2018

Οffered by volunteer coaches - members of the Hellenic Institute of Coaching Greece & Cyprus

Personal empowerment sessions to support adult beneficiaries, in order to discover / accomplish their goals, through thoughtful steps to start a new life, either in our country or in a country of relocation.

RELIEF FOR REFUGEES & MIGRANTS – START II

Duration: April 2016 - August 2016

Donor: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

The program enabled 43,793 (119% of total target) refugees and migrants to enjoy a dignified, safe, and secure living. Half (50%) the beneficiaries did not receive any help from the Greek State, given they were accommodated in unofficial refugee camps.

Offers and facilities included: - Food distribution - Showers - Safe playroom - Distribution of cash cards - Psychosocial support - Information services - Distribution of prepaid cards to refugees /migrants accommodated in Camps of Skaramangas and Elliniko (concurrently with Caritas Hellas).

HELP CENTER - HELP COMMUNITY FOR VULNERABLE PERSONS

Duration: April 2016 - April 2017

Donor: Caritas Italiana

A Help Center began operating in downtown Athens (8, Emmanouil Benaki street), inaugurated by Cardinal Montenegro, Caritas Italiana President, on July 26th, while financial aid to the Refugee Program’s Soup Kitchen was offered as well.

The Help Center aspires to offer professional psychosocial support to migrants, refugees, and mostly Greeks originating from local parishes of Athens’ Catholic Archdiocese, staffed with competent employees through actions, such as: counselling sessions, creative play, indoors and outdoors activities to socialize and develop skills, as well as to integrate into society.

SUPPORT FOR THE ELDERLY

Duration: May 2016 - April 2017

Donor: ΤΙΜΑ Benefit Foundation

Aid to senior persons at home, offering them goods and services alike, such as moral support, company, and paramedical items, as well as entertainment organizing excursions and attending cultural events.

BUDDY PROGRAM

Duration: July 2017 - September 2018

Donor: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

It aspires to integrate refugees in the Greek society and to develop bonds (social ties) with members of the local community, getting to know and to support each other, participating in joint recreational activities, developing interpersonal and cross-cultural skills and offering support in everyday life.

Caritas Athens is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO) which has been recognized as such by the state, and is a member of Caritas Hellas (a branch of Caritas Europa and of Caritas Internationalis, the philanthropic organizations of the Catholic Church, which play an active role in over 165 countries worldwide)

Contact Information

Caritas Athens
9, Omirou str. 106 72 Athens
Tel. / Fax: (+30) 210 3626 186
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Working hours:
Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 16.00

Sector Refugee Programme
52, Kapodistriou str. 104 32 Athens
Tel.: (+30) 210 5246 637 & (+30) 210 5249 564
Fax: 210 5246 646
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Working hours:
Monday to Friday: 08.00 – 16.00

Help Center
52, Kapodistriou str. 104 32 Athens
Tel: +30 2103317471
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Monday to Friday: 08.00 – 16.00 (after appointment)


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