"Putting our ideas into the table and sharing good practices is a start. By confronting ideas and adapt them to our reality could be an enormous opportunity to help other facing life with hope".
"We have to highlight the commitment in gathering different cities compromised in one goal: Finding solutions, adapted them beyond new realities and most of all trying the best to full fill people needs. Roof project has become a new path to involve other citizens to overcome homelessness and developing new strategies to this problem".
Braga recognizes in lack of employment one of the most influencing factors of not being able to leave the shelter and find new autonomy. Today, no project or service works with homeless people to provide training for the work field, however there is a successful project for people with disabilities. While the target group has different needs, there is a general agreement that a similar program could work for some people living in the shelter today. The SSA will therefore build on the experience of the “skills academy”. They will begin a program called “house of skills” (without a house in the beginning) to test the method before going into big investments. A website will be put in place to communicate the activities and a dedicated project manager will be assigned to the project. The idea is to test whether people will be able to find a job and if companies will be willing to join and offer the opportunity for training and internship. It will be interesting to observe how this changes the reality of the homeless person in the short and long term, as well as the change in mindset of job providers.
"The next stage is to implement it and see its behaviour regarding the beneficiaries. Also we intend to work in an awareness basis seeking to minimise this situation. We are all engaged to this goal. Ending Homelessness!"