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3 Years EMFASIS – An anniversary dedicated to our fellowmen in road condition!

In June, EMFASIS completed 3 years of its establishment and solidarity towards our fellow citizens, who live in a “street situation” or under the poverty line. Till today, it is estimated that more than 140 volunteers have participated in our activities, 76,100 volunteer hours have been completed, all whilst these numbers are still increasing daily. At the […]

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EMFASIS BECOMES OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE “CONSORTIUM FOR STREET CHILDREN NETWORK”

EMFASIS is glad to announce the beginning of the collaboration, since April 2016, with the Consortium for Street Children Network (CSC), which is the leading international advocacy network for children in street condition rights. This acceptance came as a result of the collaboration between Emfasis, Praksis Athens and Thessaloniki, as well with ARSIS Thessaloniki, on […]

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THE 2 MOBILE SUPPORT UNITS CONTINUE DYNAMICALLY

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 […]

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180 GOLD MEDALS FOR EMFASIS ON ATHENS HALF-MARATHON 2016!

EMFASIS FOUNDATION, as the Official Cooperating Non-Profit Organization of the institution for second year in row, ran with its friends and supporters, in the Athens Half-Marathon, on Sunday 20th of March (http://www.athinahalfmarathon.gr/). With the slogan “People in the streets…I don’t pass them by, I run for them”, 180 runners gave a powerful presence on the start line, […]

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EDUCATION AS VOLUNTEERISM FUEL

One of EMFASIS’ permanent goals is the continuous training of its volunteers, given that they are the organization’s backbone. Our volunteers, having offered 18.000 hours of everyday support, manage to organize, coordinate and accomplish tirelessly all EMFASIS programs in favor of our fellow humans in need. Every day, they search for new supporting ways, by […]

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DESMOS FOR YOUTH: NEW REWARD FOR EMFASIS

The longstanding collaboration between EMFASIS and DESMOS, which began from almost the first day of our organization’ s founding, goes on this year, launching a new program named “DESMOS FOR YOUTH”. According to this program, 15 young people will work for a year with the charities of their choice, multiplying the maximum impact of their […]

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VODAFONE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE & EMFASIS

For second year in row, an EMFASIS’ volunteer was selected to be supported by the program “Vodafone World of Difference”. The program “World of Difference” is an innovative initiative by Vodafone, which has taken place in Greece since 2011. Specifically, it offers to 10 successful nominees the possibility to work for a charitable non-profit organization […]

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MerrySTREETmas II – Christmas on the Street

For the second year in a row, Christmas will find Emfasis on the streets, as part of our Merry STREETmas II – Christmas on the Street winter activities. From December 14th, 2015 to January 31st 2016, enhanced shifts of Emfasis will be in the most inaccessible neighborhoods of Athens and Piraeus on a daily basis. […]

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Emfasis on Regeneration

For the second consecutive year, Emfasis partnered with the innovative ReGeneration internship programme, in order to raise awareness around the social phenomena of homelessness. As part of the programme’s community outreach, 20 interns volunteered to spend their personal time to Emfasis and contributed actively towards the implementation of our Support and Awareness activities. The volunteer […]

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EMFASIS on the People with an SMS

Emfasis activated the “PROSFERO” service in cooperation with VODAFONE, COSMOTE and WIND. The proceeds were donated to Emfasis, specifically for the critical equipment of our Mobile Support Unit. Thanks to everyone’s contribution, there will be additional provisions and survival items , in view of the upcoming winter and the extreme weather conditions to be faced […]

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The Greek Diaspora of the U.A.E. is on Emfasis’ side…

EMFASIS is the birth child of a team of Greek citizens living overseas, who wished to provide their own answers and solutions to the dire socio-economic crisis in Greece. They tirelessly pand constantly seek for new and creative ways to support their country. The results of their efforts are two major events held in Dubai […]

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We Continue Our Efforts and Outside Our Borders!

  EMFASIS continues with three social benefit programs, aimed at improving the living conditions of people who find themselves in transit or on a street situation (as they are called) 1. Mobile Support Units 2. Social Support Corner 3. Temporary Housing for Homeless Youth Apart from the private organizations and individuals that are on our […]

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Emfasis’ Adoption Program continued…

The innovative Adopt an Emfasis Volunteer program, the first of its kind in Greece, is back! Volunteer profiles from both our Fundraising & Communications team, as well as our Street Work team, will soon be available, for adoptions lasting from 6 to 12 months, within the period of December 2015 – December 2016. The social […]

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Our “Solidarity” VEHICLE

  The daily needs of modern society, transform incessantly and rapidly. The reality we live in, presents us with the constant challenge of ways to act efficiently when providing help. As street workers we spend long hours on the field, observing, listening, exploring ways to enrich our activities to ultimately increase our efficacy. As a […]

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We don’t pass them by… We run for them!

The 33rd Athens Authentic Marathon is now behind us, but the memories are still vibrantly alive. Following our triumphant participation in this year’s Athens Half Marathon, Emfasis ran for the homeless of Athens in the Marathon Race and the 10km Road Race, alongside 43,000 participants. The highlights of the day were the participation of our […]

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ATHENS HALF MARATHON WITH EMFASIS

Emfasis Foundation, as an official cooperating non profit organisation participated with 100 runners (friends and supporters) in the Athens Half Marathon, on Sunday 3 May 2015 with the slogan “I run for the homeless of Athens”! Please follow this link to see all of the photos. All the proceeds from the runners’ participation in the 3km , 5km and […]

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EMFASIS SYNERGIES AND PROJECTS

Emfasis latest synergies and projects which aim to support vulnerable and socially excluded groups: International Woman’s day: Ster Cinemas and Emfasis Foundation collect personal hygiene items for women living below the poverty line on 8th March. You Rule and Dimokratia Ideon on the streets of a different Athens.  Emfasis in cooperation with YouRule and Dimokratia […]

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“NO ONE WILL BE ALONE”

Easter is a great opportunity for us all to spend time with our families and friends. Nevertheless, there are some people out there who would be alone during the festive days of Easter. Therefore, Emfasis from 6 to 13 of April, carried out the campaign “No one will be alone”, in order to stand by […]

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EMFASIS VOLUNTEERS TALK ABOUT SOCIAL SUPPORT CORNER

Emfasis Social Support Corner is hosted by SynAthina every Wednesday since February 2015. Emfasis’ team consisting of social workers, sociologists and psychologists provide with necessary support services homeless and families below the poverty line. Read the experience of Emfasis volunteers working at the Social Support Corner. Zografia Kazia, Social Worker “Every Wednesday afternoon, we welcome […]

EMFASIS MOBILE SUPPORT UNIT

Since December 2014, Emfasis is operating a Mobile Support Unit, consisting of a van and a team of volunteer social street workers. Thanks to our Mobile Support Unit we managed to multiply the geographical coverage of the mapped areas with a big concentration of vulnerable population, whilst we continue the daily supply of all those […]

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VODAFONE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE SUPPORTS EMFASIS FOUNDATION

Vodafone World of Difference is a unique charitable volunteering initiative delivered by Vodafone Foundation in 19 countries around the world. In Greece, for the last 5 years, it has offered the opportunity to 10 selected candidates annually, to work at the charity of their choice for six months. This year, there were more than 231 […]

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MR. “DIMITRIS” MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

The title of this story reminds of a fairytale title and rightly so, as this Christmas offered Mr.”Dimitris” a feeling similar to the magic of a true fairytale. But let us take things from the beginning and how we first met with Mr. “Dimitris”. On Wednesday afternoons, our volunteer Social Street Workers and social services […]

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WE CONTINUE OUR DYNAMIC INTERVENTION FOR THE RELIEF OF THE HOMELESS AND THOSE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE THROUGH EMFASIS NEW PROJECTS

With the echo of the «Merry Streetmas» Campaign still alive, we continue our dynamic intervention aiming to support those in need: • Soon we will start Phase 2 of our project “Changing the Past – Dental Restoration”, with the selection of the new candidates. This programme provides former users of illegal substances and people below […]

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VOLUNTEERS’ EXPERIENCE FROM EMFASIS WINTER CAMPAIGN “MERRY STREETMAS”

Solonas Malkas, Photographer & Social Street Worker “It’s the 31st of December and I hear it is going to be freezing this evening… “We are going to be on the streets tonight” I’m thinking… Just as anticipated, Tassos called to confirm, telling me: “we will go out tomorrow as well and for as long as […]

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THE TRUE FACE OF THE PEOPLE IN NEED

Vathis Square She was rather tiny. In her 30’s, blond, beautiful, cute. But she seemed a bit lost… Our initial thoughts may sound like: “Oh, come on… She is a drug addict. What did she expect? It was her choice. She wants to live on the streets…. And if she didn’t, she would have entered […]

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“MERRY STREETMAS” – STREET WORK FOR CHILDREN

During the Merry Streetmas campaign, six days were dedicated to the working children who work in the center of Athens. The majority is between 6-12 years old. We have been trying to build a relationship with them for over a year now. What would be more normal than for them to spend a joyful school […]

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“MERRY STREETMAS” – CHRISTMAS ON THE STREET WITH EMFASIS

Life on the streets is always tough. During winter, though, it becomes unbearable. Exhausting. You can see the homeless people all around. Squashed into an alcove, hidden near the entrance of an apartment block or a building, lying on a bench. People forgotten, alone, exposed to cold and rain. If you dare to look into […]

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EMFASIS WAY OF REDUCING “SOCIAL DAMAGE”

In times of dire socio-economic crisis similar to the one we live today, emotions such sadness, injustice, disappointment, frustration are intensified and depression symptoms show a considerable increase. In turn, these feelings may lead into difficult situations and behaviors, with negative effects for the individual as well as for the society. Preventing these situations and […]

PROJECT “ADOPT A VOLUNTEER SOCIAL STREET WORKER OF EMFASIS“

Emfasis Foundation trying to support its volunteers psychologists, social workers and sociologists to continue their work on the street, standing by our socially vulnerable fellow citizens, launched a new project called “Adopt a volunteer Social Street Worker”. Individuals or companies can now help and support a volunteer Social Street Worker through a monthly financial contribution for 3 or 6 months. The adoption may be […]

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MERRY STREETMAS – EMFASIS WINTER CAMPAIGN BEGINS…

Winter is approaching and thousands of fellow citizens without shelter are left helpless to cope with extreme weather conditions whilst they should be enjoying the warmth of family and a home. To this aim, Emfasis’ volunteers defying cold weather and tiredness, from 15 December 2014 to 9 January 2015 will stand by the side of […]

PANAGIOTIS’ STORY & LIFE-CHANGING STEPS

Emfasis Foundation is witnessing a myriad of personal stories from people we meet through our outreach programmes. Most stories are an undeniable testimonial of the miraculous willpower displayed by these people. This month, we chose to share with you the personal story of Panagiotis. Panagiotis ,33 years old, used to live in Aspropyrgos. He lost […]

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CHANGING THE PAST – DENTAL RESTORATION

No one can deny the fact that physical appearance plays an important role not only in job seeking but also in one’s acceptance from others. This is a sad reality that may hamper those people’s efforts, previously associated with the use of prohibited substances carrying the signs of their past still visible in their appearance, […]

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EMFASIS HEALTH CARDS FOR HOMELESS AND THE POOR WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE

The socio – economic crisis in Greece is still part of everyday life. As a result the hardships for many of our fellow citizens, led to the deprivation of their basic rights such as the right to medical treatment and to health services. Without doubt the ones that are more exposed and helpless to numerous […]

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PRACTICAL TOOLKIT ON THE STREET – GREEK TRANSLATION FROM EMFASIS

Striving to enhance awareness and deeper understanding in the principles, methodology and meaning of Social Street Work, Emfasis Foundation published the Greek translation of the guide “On the Street: A practical guide for new social street workers” by Don Irving and Simon Whitmore, members of the UK Federation of Detached Youth. On this occasion, Emfasis […]

EVENT & EDUCATIONAL – EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOP FROM EMFASIS

Aiming at the information and public awareness about Social Street Work as well as the training of our volunteers, Emfasis Foundation team hosted the Event “Methodology and Meaning of Social Street Work” and the Educational – Experiential Workshop. The purpose of the Event “Methodology and Meaning of Social Street Work” held on November 5th, was […]

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ΓΙΝΕ ΑΝΑΔΟΧΟΣ ΕΝΟΣ Social Street Worker…

 Βοήθησέ τον να προσφέρει!!! Το πρόγραμμα «Γίνε ανάδοχος ενός Social Street Worker» είναι μια πρωτοβουλία της Emfasis Foundation, η οποία στοχεύει να δώσει τη δυνατότητα στους εθελοντές – Social Street Workers της να συνεχίσουν το έργο τους  Η λειτουργία και δραστηριότητα της EMFASIS  βασίζεται κατά το μεγαλύτερο μέρος στους εθελοντές μας, οι οποίοι αποτελούν τον ακρογωνιαίο λίθο για […]

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European Conference for Social Street Work: “OutReach Work”

“You are worth existing …” A senior member of the Emfasis Social Street work team participated in the European Conference (“OutReach Work – Working together to reach and empower marginalized youth”) on Social Street Work with emphasis on youth which was held in Oslo, Norway the first week of April. Some of the questions to […]

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First Aid Seminar with RSF

On April 9, 2014 the team of Social Street Work attended a three-hour first aid training course, which was conducted by the accredited ECSI and ERC President of RSF Hellas, Andreas Samaltanos. The seminar was held at the Emfasis Foundation offices and included a specialized first aid program adapted to the needs of Social Street […]

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Emfasis Spring Campaign

Emfasis Foundation, during its constant search for new ways to help the socially vulnerable, spearheaded an activity during the festive days of Easter. The campaign intended to provide relief to fellow men and women in need and offer them a human touch of solidarity and camaraderie. The project was called «Emfasis Spring Campaign». It commenced […]

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Emfasis Spring Campaign

Days go by at a slow pace for those whose only choice seems to be living on the streets! Nevertheless, for us at Emfasis there is a constant race against the clock, as the people are many, their needs are urgent and as each day progresses, yet another opportunity lies ahead to support someone in […]

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Football filled with Hope from the Greeks in the UAE with Emfasis Foundation

On March 28th, under the bright and shining sun over the blue skies of Dubai,  a large group of Greek Nationals came together to attend the 1st ever mini Greek Football Tournament in the UAE, sending their thoughts and solidarity to their co-patriots back home, who are still amidst one of the deepest socio-economic crisis in […]

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The Εmfasis Stories from the Streets

“This could never happen to me, this is something that happens to the others…” How many times haven’t we heard, said or thought something similar? But, who are these “others” that we refer to? How different was the course of their life compared to someone’s from your close social circle? CK… is a Greek national […]

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Interview with a Volunteer living overseas – Madlen Fontrie

1. What does volunteer work mean to you and how did you decide to become a volunteer for EMFASIS? Volunteer work has had deep roots through the years, but unfortunately it has not enjoyed the appreciation it deserves. The most significant notion of social work, is to selflessly offer service or donate in kind, aiming […]

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“Winter Festive Season with dignity and human warmth”

Already in October,we held vivid discussions regarding our forthcoming winter campaigns and especially the festive season of Christmas and New Year. We obviously wished to avoid campaigns that would be seasonal; therefore we asked our staff and volunteers to propose their own ideas from their perspective. After several days of brain storming sessions and deliberations,we […]

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Street Work Statistics

During the period October-December 2013 the team of Social Street Work contacted 187 people. The data collected does not offer measurable evidence due to the limited time period and the particularity of the targeted group. The people we met on the streets, either because of reluctance or insecurity, were not always open to answer our […]

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“Volunteering and Social Street Work, an experience worth living”

I have to say that, nearly five months after my initial contact with the cause of Emfasis and the methodology of Social Street Work, this entire journey has won me over entirely, first as a human being and secondly as a psychologist. The presence of all of these social scientists around the city is exactly […]

The 1st “Training for Trainers” of DYNAMO Int’l (Street Work Training Institute) – we were there!

The workshop of Dynamo International, held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 4th to 8th November 2013, titled «Training for trainers-Exchange of Practices», was a unique experience of human co-existence, constructive dialogue, comparative study and a sincere desire for debate and commentary on ideas and practices. During this informative and participatory seminar, representatives from several European and non-European […]

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