Reconnection and support project for homeless Middle and Eastern European migrants – Team Arnhem
Stichting Barka’s support & reconnection programme for the homeless Middle and Eastern European migrants in Arnhem started in February 2012 following an invitation from the municipality of Arnhem. Stichting Barka now assists homeless Polish and other Central and Eastern European people, who are not able to cope with life in Arnhem. In some cases, support in Arnhem might be provided to specific individuals who’s nature of homelessness stems from social issues. For others who struggle with addiction problems, our reconnection programme is in place to help these individuals return to their home countries, either to enter rehab treatment facilities, mental help clinics, return directly to families, or to Barka Network programmes (educational, skill building and/or community based programmes) in Poland. Through this programme, individuals are being given the tools to rebuild their lives even coming from the worst circumstances.
Our team in Arnhem consists of Mieszko and Marek. Mieszko is a social worker and Roman has personal experience with homelessness and addiction which he overcame successfully within the Barka Network programme in Poland. Today he has dedicated himself to helping others achieve the same!