Oaza’s homeless shelter opened in Rijeka in April 2013. It is intended primarily for users from Rijeka and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar county. It has a capacity of 14 beds and provides our beneficiaries with temporary accommodation of 6 months to a year, during which period users can use our help to find permanent or other temporary accommodation. Beneficiaries have the possibility to stay in the premises of the Shelter 24 hours a day, one cooked meal a day on weekdays, and a dry meal from the Red Cross Rijeka’s folk kitchen on weekdays, the possibility of preparing small meals for breakfast and dinner, the possibility of maintaining personal hygiene, washing and drying laundry, participation in collecting food donations for breakfast and dinner and learning about living together. It is one form of reintegration of person into a particular society and the first step in the socialization of our beneficiaries.
During the stay with us, all beneficiaries will produce personal documents and receive all necessary information for achieving social rights in cooperation with the Center for Social Welfare Rijeka and the City of Rijeka from the City’s social program, as well as employment opportunities, retraining and additional education. Beneficiaries are provided with financial support in the preparation of documents but also in education and the recruitment process (for example transport to the place of work).
Beneficiaries are obliged to take care of the Shelter premises and to participate in cleaning and maintenance of the Shelter premises and inventory. They participate in creation of leisure time, make suggestions for and actively participate in occupational activities. The responsibility of the user IS ALSO adherence to the rules of the House Rules of the Shelter. They may also make suggestions for improving the work or living conditions at the Shelter.
According to the dynamics of changing the users of the Shelter so far, and considering the capacity of 14 beds, we take care for about 25 to 30 different users annually.
The aim of the Shelter is to offer adequate accommodation and security for people who at that moment are not able to accomplish it themselves and provide them with facilities that will help them to integrate more easily into society and become independent.