The experience of the Church and community project for the disabled will be extended in the country

    

Church and community project “Kvartal Louie” will be a pilot site for the development of youth practices for people with disabilities, according to Diakonia. This was stated by Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting with representatives of public organizations of disabled persons. Head of assistance to people with disabilities of the diocese of Penza and projects “Kvartal Louie” and “the House of Veronica,” a member of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation Maria Lviv-Belova spoke at a meeting of Prime Minister with representatives of Russian public organizations of disabled persons.

“I was hoping to help the Prime Minister and went to this meeting, knowing that more such opportunity. My task was to talk about the fact that young people with disabilities after boarding are in nursing homes and that need some sort of alternative, need to develop a system of features: settlements, internship programs, communities, employment, – said the head of the direction of helping people with disabilities of the diocese of Penza and projects “Kvartal Louie” and “the House of Veronica,” Maria Lviv-Belova. – Young people with disabilities want to be equal, go out, and it’s time for us to depart from old patterns and to begin to work differently. And how differently we showed on the example of “Quarter Louis”.

“Kvartal Louie” – the house followed the residence of young people with disabilities in Penza. Young people with disabilities live in a separate house along with volunteers and specialists who help them to get a profession, the skills needed for independent living, and to develop confidence in their abilities. For five years, young people undergo training, find a job and go out into the world and provide for their families.

Young people with disabilities live in a separate house along with volunteers and specialists

Dmitry Medvedev commented on the statement of Maria Lvova-Belova: “I support the idea that it was a pilot site in order to replicate your experience”, – said the Prime Minister.

During the meeting Dmitry Medvedev also highlighted a number of initiatives worthy of support or further development. It was about solving problems with housing and employment for people with disabilities, develop a system that allows a disabled person to quickly contact emergency services, on the preparation of interagency concept paper on early help and support with the regional component and others.

In addition to the “Kvartal Louie” in Penza Maria Lvova-Belova, with the support of the diocese has created a home followed by living “the House of Veronica”. For people with a disability is offered employment in a printing house, located in the diocesan office of the diocese of Penza. In printing there are four wheelchair and three healthy people. Also in Penza, organized a unique inclusive café with a special Breakfast bar for wheelchair users, followed by working as a bartender in a wheelchair. Employee of the hall and the sound guy in the cafe is also wheelchair users. Plans a new project – art-estate “New shores” for alumni “Quarter Louis”. Built in the manor house will be the property of the graduates.

Only in Russia more than 400 Church and Church and community projects for the disabled.

Full text of the speech of Maria Lvova-Belova, the Russian Government is available on the official website of the Government: http://government.ru/news/34795/#

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