We care for 20 adults at two Homes for Life: Elizabeta House and St Mary, which are both located in small rural villages in the Suceava district in the north east of Romania.
A childhood of neglect and restraint in the notorious Romanian state institutions has meant the adults with learning disabilities in the FARA Family have been left with both mental and physical scars. The homes offer a loving, supportive family life in a nurturing environment, giving the adults a chance to flourish and to develop their social, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing to live a fulfilled life as part of the wider community.
The adults have roles and responsibilities in the household, so they feel part of a team playing an active purposeful role, as well as to help them develop key skills. The individual ability of each person is acknowledged and respected, and their hobbies and interests are encouraged. The residents take part in creative workshops and regularly sell their creations at local craft markets, helping to cultivate their self-confidence.
Often the adults will need support for the rest of their lives, however some are able to move back in to the community with the knowledge the FARA Family will always be there for them.
The need for this provision is great in Romania, and FARA will be developing more Homes for Life to transform the lives of more adults with learning disabilities.
Grigore was born in 1987 into a life of poverty and neglect, in a country still suffering under the communist regime. He was abandoned at birth and was placed in one of the notorious state institutions. He remained in the state system, being moved 3 times, until 2011 when he was rescued by FARA. With a complex combination of physical and psychological disabilities the move to the FARA home was a big change for Grigore. He was nurtured and given the opportunity to reach his full potential.
Now Grigore lives in the St Mary Home For Life, the staff have helped him with his social skills and he is a happy member of the FARA Family, he has had a temporary part-time job and is involved in a local craft club which he attends twice a week.
The FARA team are really pleased with Grigore’s progress, he is now able to travel by himself, and looks forward to the possibility of another part-time job. Grigore enjoys the gardening work he undertakes in the local community, in which he can feel of use and benefits from meeting new people and working on new skills.
Grigore’s future is bright, with potential for growth and development in the FARA community.
Grigore’s story is true, however his name has been changed to protect his privacy.