Since the refugee crisis reached its apex in October 2015, Elpída Home has engaged in a constant innovation process to provide and improve humanitarian services.
Elpída Home financed the conversion of an abandoned textile factory into a welcoming residential centre, including private resident rooms, a communal kitchen, shared bathrooms, distribution areas, classrooms and recreational spaces. When families first arrived from other camps around Greece in Summer 2016, they found that their new accommodation comprised of rooms with doors that locked, proper beds with mattresses, bedding, tables and chairs, refrigerators, and heaters. From the tents they once inhabited, residents now found themselves in a proper - if austere - home.
In addition to providing shelter and safety, and sourcing basic needed items, Elpída coordinates camp services, including healthcare, education, psycho-social support (PSS), and legal assistance. Working with a coalition of onsite service providers, Elpída ensures residents enjoy full-time onsite clinic, school, adult education, counseling, and legal support, as well as recreational activities and classes. Elpída Home is uniquely suited for vulnerable cases, including woman-headed families and individuals with chronic illnesses.
In its provision of food and non-food items (NFI), has sought to re-imagine delivery systems give recipients greater participation, choice, and quality. This approach has led us to build resident-run food distribution and the construction of an onsite shop that operates on an internal credit system.