FARA’s small community homes are for young adults who have spent their earlier lives in institutions. Many of these young men and women also have minor or moderate intellectual disabilities or mental health problems, often related to their abusive past in Romania’s state institutions.
St. Elizabeth, Cacica
Opened in 2016, St. Elizabeth House (Casa Elizabeta), situated in the picturesque village of Cacica in the Carpathian foothills, offers a warm and friendly home to up to eight young adults with moderate intellectual disabilities. Some of the young people have behavioural problems and developmental delays owing to years of mental and physical abuse in state institutions.
FARA staff provide psycho-social care, spiritual care, training in life skills and education. All of the young people are encouraged to participate in the local community, according to their ability. Many of them particularly enjoy making and selling small items at local craft fairs.
St Mary and St Joseph, Falticeni, Suceava County
Between them, FARA’s two village-based houses – St Mary’s and St Joseph’s – accommodate ten residents under the care of house parents. While St Mary’s is a moving on home and St Joseph’s a home for life, the routine is the same at both. The young people eat together and share household chores and work during the day running their own smallholding. Every opportunity is take to involve them in their own local community and church and some young people have successfully found local employment - which is wonderful.
"At the age of 21 years I came to FARA where I found a real family. Here I made many friends and I'm glad that I’m finally living a normal life like any young person in a family. Many thanks to Fara and its staff for the understanding and love they offered to me."
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