The Hope Rescue Center was opened in 1996
and has helped countless children and teens living on the streets of Bucharest.
The Hope Rescue Center is a multi--functional
facility where the needs of street children and families are met daily.
They receive food, clothing, first-aid treatment and are able to take showers.
The HRC staff also provides encouragement and love.
The needs of the Bucharest children are so
great they have been identified and focused on by the U.S. Congressional
Human Rights Caucus, whose co-chairman has been supportive of CRN's outreaches.
Comprehensive care of these children is critical. Basic shelter, food and
education transforms them from the nameless statistic of today to the future
leaders of Romania's tomorrow. Without such care, the alternative is death.
Understanding the need for these basic necessities,
the Hope Rescue Center was opened and has been in operation for 5+ years.
In this small building is a kitchen, a meeting room and a small medical
clinic which all serve to literally help keep the street children alive.
Many activities are held throughout the
week at the Hope Rescue Center:
of children, young people and families receive a hot, nutritious meal
of children receive clothing weekly
of people receive hygenic products (soap, shampoo, detergent, feminine
HRC staff runs social investigations to help children obtain their identification
of babies monthly receive powdered milk, diapers and vitamins
HRC staff visits young people in prison
are often assisted with money to help pay their rent
HRC staff presents a Saturday program for dozens of children ages 0-6
as well as children in the 7-14 age category
HRC staff tutors some children
HRC staff helps find some children's parents and often helps a child reintegrate
with their family after they have run away
HRC staff does one-on-one counseling with street children
receive counseling about birth control
sports program is conducted to help the youth on the streets receive some
and youth are taken to the hospital if their medical needs are too great
to be met at the HRC
HRC staff gives school supplies to those who need them
HRC staff encourages and assists the children/teenagers to find an alternative
to life on the streets
HRC staff assists poor families in the neighborhood to prevent their children
from ending up on the streets