He recently slept under the Hlávka Bridge, now he is cleaning the streets and making money. The Prague 7 project involves homeless people in cleaning
Jakub Laštůvka is one of those who participates in the project. He goes to the Restart Shop to pick up cleaning supplies, and then moves to work for the Salvation Army in Tusarova Street. “Here’s a box, there’s a vest, a glove, work gloves and classic blue cleaning bags,” social worker Tomáš Příhoda hands over.
Chances for those who want to work
“I am completely from the north of Bohemia, there is no work there. So I fled to Prague, where I had to stay on the street because the finances were not explained, “Jakub. Tomáš Příhoda helped him get help in material need, a place in a hostel and now he dreams of a permanent job: “If I prove successful, which will prove successful because I want to work, we would try the Prague services. Then I would be there for the main employment, eventually I could even pay for an apartment. “
Robert Hruška cleans up around the Vltava again. He lived under the Hlávka Bridge three months ago. “Social workers found me there and asked me if I wanted to work. Well, I just went. And so I got the hostel. I would like to go to work and pay off the debts I have, “he describes.
According to the social worker Tomáš Příhoda, the benefit of the project is that homeless people are gradually returning to the labor market. Hand in hand with this, I will provide them with accommodation, which is very important. “It’s very difficult to keep the job when you’re completely free on the street. The man would have to show self-discipline. ”If they manage to maintain a part-time job, they can move on to more complex work. In the training job mentioned by the Restart Shop, 80% of people managed to return.
“The project offers homeless people the opportunity to earn extra money through a short-term brigade and at the same time involves them in caring for the area where they occur and have their ties there. In this way, we want to mitigate the effects of the presence of homeless people on the state of public space and at the same time help people solve their problems and give them a chance to bounce back, “added Jakob Hurrle, Prague 7’s councilor for social and health policy.
The Prague project is being implemented by 7 for the financial support of the capital. m of Prague in cooperation with the Center for Social Services Prague and the Czech Streetwork Association. Shifts are three-hour and a reward of 100 crowns per hour. In two months, 12 people are cleaning up as part of the project. The workers got their districts, which they take care of regularly.