Oltalom Charity Society was given the property at Dankó street 9 for 99 years of use in return for renovation. The building was originally a butcher shop. It had not been used for years and was in ruinous condition. Oltalom opened part of the building for the needy in December 1992. The night shelter worked with 50 beds until 1993, when it expanded its capacity to 100 self-sufficient or partly self-sufficient men without a home. The shelter provides life saving services for those who are crowded out from temporary hostels and live on the street.
Number of supported: 100, in crisis season (1st of October to 30th of April): 130
Our guests can make use of the following services:
- A bed for one night
- Washing, showers
- Laundering, replacement of clothes
- Warming of food
- Safekeeping of official documents during the stay
- Offering information
- Recovery room for those who are waiting for hospital treatment or are just out of hospital
- Mental-hygiene assistance
- Free time programs
- Provision of tea and bakery goods.
- Making books and newspapers available
- Help of social workers
- Job-hunting and contact with the employers
- Searching for further education/training possibilities
- Obtaining official documents
- Administration of social security provisions
- Searching for alternative housing possibilities
- Keeping contact with other social institutions
The night shelter works 24/7 and in order to provide for those in crisis the simplest terms and conditions were set:
- application for services from the person on duty,
- accepting the rules of the house,
- valid proof of NPHMOS – National Public Health and Medical Officer Service - (not older than 1 week) and x-ray screening (not older than 6 months) is necessary.
The services of the Night Shelter are free of charge. Data of the accepted people are registered in a document called “Bedding order”. The social worker and social administrator keep track of the individual’s documentation for use of the services of the night shelter. Social workers provide information and give advice to help solve the visitor’s problems.