In all facilities we apply a low-threshold approach, which means that the services are available to everyone without any other conditions. They are aimed for people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for those with poor health, for mentally ill people, for those without personal documents or without any funds, etc. We are convinced that a person may be able to solve his situation only after he has fulfilled his basic existential needs. In our facilities we provide food, accommodation, clothing, hygiene, first aid and access to medical care. We also provide social counseling and assistance in processing documents, finding work and accommodation, debt settlement, processing of social benefits, as well as assistance in finding a long-term solution to the situation.
Depaul Slovakia is part of the international group Depaul International, which, in addition to Slovakia, also operates in England, Ireland, the USA, Ukraine and France.
Our goal is to empower people who face homelessness, by fulfilling their basic needs, improving their quality of life and helping them move out of streets for good.
In Bratislava we run several projects which help people in need. We focus on running low threshold services which help anybody who needs help including alcohol or drug abusers, sick or people without Money.
Depaul Slovakia is a member of Depaul International family of non-profit organisations that operate in the UK, France, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine and USA
Depaul works to empower people affected by homelessness to make decisions, set goals, take risks and learn from their mistakes. We work with the most excluded people and treat all who use our services with respect – acting only after consulting with them. We believe in a culture of volunteering and provide a way for volunteers to express their care and compassion. Our staff and volunteers are vital in achieving our mission. We are equally committed to developing their skills and unlocking the full potential of our service users.
We are an authoritative voice on homelessness, working in partnership with government, local authorities, the private sector, churches and other voluntary agencies. Together we achieve the best possible outcome for homeless people. Depaul strives to be open and accountable to our staff, volunteers, service users and funders. We believe in justice for all – through influencing structural change in society and supporting individuals. We take a worldwide perspective and are committed to building global networks to support those affected by homelessness.
What we do matters more than what we say. We put our words into action: our reputation depends on it. However, we also strive to influence others through having a strong public profile. Depaul is committed to finding new ways of tackling the problems faced by homeless people. This innovation and entrepreneurship means listening to service users, volunteers and staff and acting on their ideas. We take risks in working with people affected by homelessness who sometimes have challenging behaviour.
Depaul believes that people have fundamental rights as humans and within the law. These rights must be upheld and safeguarded. Rights come with responsibilities and a duty to consider others. Rights and responsibilities extend equally to our organisation, staff, volunteers and those affected by homelessness who use our services. Our supporters and funders have a right to expect a consistently high level of service and integrity. We are committed to delivering it.