The 2 Mobile Support Units (MSUs), that are active in and out of the areas of Athens and Piraeus, are one of the main axes of EMFASIS beneficiary programs. Displaying main Street work principles, the two vans manage to cover daily, the needs of more vulnerable and marginalized social groups, as the geographical coverage of our activities has been widened. Especially during severe weather conditions, such as low temperature, snowfalls or storms, our volunteers Street workers go on late night shifts till early morning hours, trying to relieve those who live on the streets.
The MSUs also intensify their efforts during the festive periods of Christmas and Easter, trying not to leave anyone alone or stranded, regardless of sex, age, nationality or religion. What makes a great difference is the teamwork between the Street work team and the MBUs on many joint sorties. The street workers are able to observe and reach points, non-approachable for the van, while the latter can transfer equipment and material, otherwise unable to be carried by the street workers themselves.
The Mobile Support Units focus on poor, homeless, refugees, needy families and those who live on street situation, by offering them:
– Immediate response on their basic needs (food, clothes, survival kits)
– Psychological support and guidance in order to get empowered, to activate themselves and better their living conditions (motivation to search for a job and then housing)
– Reference to structures that can serve their specific needs (social services, legal services, medical care, rehabilitation centers, and guesthouses).
According to the data collected by the responsible volunteers of the units after each shift ends, it has been calculated that during the first semester of 2016, about 10.600 food portions were shared out, while 900 clothing items were given to our benefiters. With systematic and well organized plans, team work and eagerness, EMFASIS volunteers have managed, during 2016, to help in total 3.000 homeless fellow men, and about 2.500 refugees, who have not the ability to conserve on their own powers.