Odessa Charity Foundation “Way Home” began its work in 1996. For first time organization’s work was focused on problems of homelessness and drug addiction among adults. Gradually foundation activity were expanded – at the beginning of it’s’ work appeared the Prevention Department of HIV infection, and a little later began to work Children’s Department.
At the actual moment Children’s Department has a leading position among activities of OCF “Way Home” and includes a complex of works concerning rehabilitation and social adaptation for street children, children and adolescents from crisis and low-income families, and more recently with children of IDP families from war zones in East of Ukraine. Children and adolescents in all centers of “Way Home”, depending on their needs, get assistance of psychologists, social workers, art therapists, teachers, lawyers and other specialists. On base of social hostel that is located in “Large Family” shelter, children from crisis and low-income families and internally displaced families with are provided with temporary accommodation and meals. In same time, children are admitted to schools and preschool children are selected into the center of child’s development and creativity, “Smile”. Leisure time of children of “Way Home” is highly charged large various of optional lessons, sport sections and divided into groups of interests: dance classes and drama school, football section, children’s jewelry workshop, sewing classes, repair and carpentry workshop, pottery studio, art therapy classes, school of journalism, English language courses, additional classes in humanities and exact sciences, and so on. In all optional classes and sport sections can take part not only kids “Way Home” Foundation, but also their guests – doors of “Way Home” are always open for everybody.
Team of “Way Home” Foundation never stops on achieved results, and is always looking for new challenges, helping those who are in need to find their “ own way home”.
OCF “Way Home” for many years is a leader of labour market of social services of Odessa and oblast’. Foundation collaborates with public institutions and with many of leading non-governmental organizations. Foundation specialists regularly take part in official meetings of various committees and initiative groups on different levels of governance. Annually “Way Home” admits a lot of students from various faculties referring to social direction of Ukrainian and foreign universities to pass an internship; Foundation gets help for children from all over the world through volunteers that arrive. “Way Home” Foundation was nominee and rewarded as a winner of Ukrainian and international awards and honors for its active social work.