THE WELCOMING CENTER IN VIA MINIO:
In Padua, precisely in the Arcella neighborhood, our Association has a second welcoming structure available at night for adult men with a residence permit for international protection (political asylum, subsidiary protection, humanitarian reasons and special cases). The second welcoming center is a temporary house, a space where one’s integration and autonomy can be planned, a bridge between the community life in a welcoming structure and entering society in the broadest sense.
From its birth, the structure was designed for those who, once obtained their residence permit, had to face a precarious employment situation that impeded complete independence: the closed door of who refuses to rent a room, the uncertainties of a temporary job contract … Our Second Welcoming Center can host numerous people, who, together with our mediator, operators and volunteers, can plan and organize their lives, look for and find a job, assess training opportunities, both scholastic and in the work world, improve their Italian and much more! Each guest’s path is built together and monitored monthly through a specific interview with the coordinator and the mediator. The average stay is between 6 months and one year, with a one-month-trial period upon entry; access is always through an interview at our help desk open to the public (every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at our office in via Briosco 11). Sometimes people are referred by the Municipality of Padua within our historic collaboration and by virtue of the SPRAR project, which foresees some places in our structure.
Over the past years we carried out a project in the second welcoming – “A possible future: social integration of international protection holders using the Community-Based Rehabilitation approach” – born in collaboration with the association Psicologo di Strada, the University of Padua (Prof. Giovanni Grandi) and the Jacques Maritain Study Center. The project aims to integrate the international protection holders hosted at our center by using the CBR (Community-Based Rehabilitation) approach that has already been successfully employed in the area of physical disabilities. A fundamental element of the project is the users’ active participation in its various phases (participants are accompanied to reach greater autonomy, activating the resources they already possess and can lead to work), as well as the involvement of the surrounding community.
Starting from a focus on difficulty, analyzed from an anthropological, apart from psychological, viewpoint, The CBR core groups develop integration processes together with a bottom up approach, where the subjects play a leading role.
In fact, by means of a global and integrated approach, rehabilitation includes the person’s active role in their community, intended as a space for shared planning, where they can identify their own resources and become aware of them. There is also a form of giving back to the community, through volunteering activities, following the principles of generative welfare.
Unlike the first welcoming, where operators guide the users down a linguistic, legal, social and cultural path, in the second welcoming the path is created together, the objectives and actions are defined by the guests themselves, from a viewpoint of participation and responsibility.
The topics faced with our guests regard training, work, health and wellbeing, as well as an independent living situation. The Community-Based Rehabilitation project aims to find new welfare models, which can be checked and replicated, based on the active participation of the people involved.