Work reintegration for people from vulnerable groups is a very big need. Ithaca, providing this service, is constantly striving to grow and evolve. With this in mind, from January 2023 and for the next year, Ithaca participates, as an implementation leader, in the Job Skill Recipes program!
The program, in which two other organizations, Zelsirdibas Misija Dzivivas Ediens from Latvia and INERCIA DIGITAL SL from Spain, participate, the partners will establish an open and structured dialogue between themselves, holding regular meetings and site visits, they will get to know each other each other’s work and will share their experiences and tools.
The project includes different methodologies, such as recruiting people in a protective environment until they feel ready to find work on their own, providing job counseling to vulnerable people, engaging them in voluntary activities and providing non-formal education training.
At the same time, several important goals have been set for the organizations, such as the investigation and adoption to some extent of the above four methodologies, the increase in the quality of the programs developed by each organization and the strengthening of their capacities, adopting the methodologies of their partners. Equally important goals are the identification of common needs and priorities in order to identify the most effective ways of applying the methods, as well as the creation of a strong network with the prospect of future collaborations.
The non-profit organization Ithaca was founded in 2015 and aims to reintegrate and increase the social integration of the homeless and other vulnerable groups. Ithaca operates Europe’s first mobile laundry unit providing hygiene and laboratory reintegration services to people from socially vulnerable groups. To date it has helped 7,900+ people, completing over 26,000 visits, delivering 130+ tons of clean clothes. By providing a psychosocial service, it has already responded to over 480 requests from beneficiaries, while it has successfully contributed to the work reintegration of 20 people from vulnerable groups.