There are almost 4000 homeless people in the Slovak capital – Bratislava. Organization VAGUS has been helping them since 2011. In addition to daily low- threshold centres, VAGUS provides advice on common things like how to arrange for documents. Many of the clients suffer from physical or mental handicaps, offsprings of orphanages or released after serving their sentence.
The project supported by the Foundation Granvia involved setting up a café in the town centre, called Dobre & Dobré. It recently won the prestigious Via Bona award. The café employees are homeless people and it is used as a training ground before the clients apply for jobs elsewhere.
This approach is considered innovative and rare in Slovakia. It is therefore one of the objectives of the project leaders to expand the idea of training and work integration among other organizations.
Project Patron: Alenka Csoltiová