We care for 20 young adults at two Homes for Life: Elizabeta House and St Mary, which are both located in small rural villages in the Suceava district of Romania in the north east.
A childhood of neglect and restraint in the notorious Romanian state intuitions has meant the adults with learning disabilities in the FARA Family have had their ability to learn and to live an independent life greatly reduced. They are left with both mental and physical scars.
The homes offer a loving, supportive family life in a nurturing environment with access to specialist therapy, giving the adults a chance to flourish, helping to develop 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 home, helping them to feel part of a team, with purpose, as well as to help them develop new skills. The individual ability of each person is respected and their hobbies and interests are also encouraged. The residents take part in creative workshops as a way to foster mindfulness and to help 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.
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 later at the age of just 5 years old Daniel was placed in one of the notorious state institutions. Grigore 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 moving to a more independent life in a FARA home was a big change for Grigore.
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 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.
The FARA Homes For Life provide a supportive environment where the individuality of each person can be understood and nurtured. Grigore’s future is bright, with possibilities for growth and development.
Grigore’s story is true, however his name has been changed to protect his privacy.