According to the UNHCR, there are currently 62,000 refugees in Greece. Most of them will have to apply for asylum in Greece. Greece is not a financially stable country and does not have the means to assist these refugees in integration activities like language classes, job training, housing and medical support. We are assisting the refugees as they work towards integration in this country so that they can become productive members of their new country and give their families a brighter future.
Unlike other European countries, Greece does not have a support system in place to help those who have been granted asylum in integrating into their new country. This means that most of them are struggling to learn how to integrate and find gainful employment so that they can become productive members of their new society. They need support to learn a new language, learn to navigate the social, medical and employment systems in Greece. Without this support, many will be left on the streets soon.
Our Community Center will provide a place where refugees can attend classes to learn Greek, learn about the new culture they are living in and get instruction on how to use the services and systems in Greece. We will provide a bi-monthly medical clinic and weekly visits from a social worker and psychologist. Local Greeks will assist in teaching the classes and we will have monthly activities that will bring the local Greeks and the refugees together for food and social activities.
By assisting the refugees in integrating into their local communities it will prevent them from becoming homeless or worse, turning to crime to support themselves. The activities in the Community Center will help the refugees take the necessary steps to provide for their families and selves. By bringing Greeks and refugees together in the Community Center, we will create bonds that will grow and develop friendships that will be invaluable in the continued integration of the refugee population.