About
Emfasis Foundation

Ideology

Who we are

Emfasis Foundation is a Nonprofit Organization.
It has been increasingly active since 2013 supporting the homeless, the chronically unemployed, families below the poverty line, socially vulnerable young people and socially excluded seniors at risk of imminent homelessness or in a street situation*, among others.

As part of our streetwork methodology, our trained network of permanent teams and volunteers works daily on the streets of Attica, providing survival and personalized psychosocial support. We remain firmly independent of state or European programs, relying solely on corporate contributions and private donations.

*Street situation: They spend most of their day on the street due to a variety of reasons: precarious living conditions, lack of permanent work, temporary housing, anonymity due to debt and shame, unsupported environment, significant change in family status, lack of a home and other reasons that vary from person to person.

Principals

Emfasis supports every person on the road and is committed to:

  • In non-discriminatory practices
  • Respect for discretion and confidentiality
  • Continuously adaptable to respond appropriately to the unforeseen conditions of the “road” field
  • In quick and effective action, without resorting to bureaucratic procedures

Streetwork is an internationally recognized social support methodology.
Its main purpose is to empower and protect vulnerable social groups without a permanent house, enhancing their ability to protect themselves.

Social Streetwork focuses on street-dwelling populations facing extremely adverse living conditions while experiencing multiple forms of exclusion.

Emfasis Foundation’s Social Streetworkers are usually seen as the latest communication channel between the social network and excluded groups, as they are the ones who, daily with their presence, demonstrate their genuine interest and, through their active listening, record the needs of the people they reach.

Social Streetwork seeks to give its beneficiaries the primary role in developing the relationship built on the principles of trust and encouragement. In other words, they decide what, how and when.

With our support and guidance, we set as our ultimate goal their access to basic human rights to housing, work and care, the restoration of their dignity and self-confidence, by improving their overall quality of life.

Social Streetworkers approach marginalized social groups with tolerance and without prejudice.

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Volunteering hours
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People supported anually
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Direct beneficials
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Relief programs
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Shifts of mobile support units

Emfasis Foundation’s team is comprised of psychologists, social workers, sociologists, mental health consultants, streetworkers, as well as legal, communications and management professionals. With their experience and expertise, they work together to achieve our common goal effectively.

Jean-Marc Delizee, Kρατικός Γραμματέας για τον αγώνα κατά της φτώχειας, Βρυξέλλες

Our Team

Emfasis Foundation’s team is comprised of psychologists, social workers, sociologists, mental health consultants, streetworkers, as well as legal, communications and management professionals. With their experience and expertise, they work together to achieve our common goal effectively.

MARIA KARRA

Founder

APOSTOLOS VAFEAS

Founding Member

KATERINA M.

Administration

STRATOS P.

Relief Officer

SOFIA S.

Social Worker

MARIA N.

Sociologist

EFRAIMIA M.

Team Leader

IOANNA P.

Office Support

NATASA O.

Social Media

YIOTA B.

Social Media

IRENE M.

Streetworker

STEFANOS K.

Streetworker

ALEX H.

Streetworker

ERIK H.

Streetworker

AKIS K.

Graphic Design

Volunteers

AGGELIKI K.

Volunteer

CLIO T.

Volunteer

IRO K.

Volunteer

DESPINA K.

Volunteer

ANASTASIA A.

Volunteer

CHRISA P.

Volunteer

VALENTINI D.

Volunteer

AGGELINA M.

Volunteer

ALEXANDRA P.

Volunteer

VASILIS F.

Volunteer

Valuable Partners

ATHINA S.

Graphic Design

STAMATIS M.

Pickups

VASILIS B.

Video & Film

VASILIS P.

Accounting

SOLONAS M.

Photography