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Christian care for vulnerable
women in Romania.

  • Residents

    The fourteen women of Casa Jubilee, all now in their thirties, come from socially deprived and abusive backgrounds.  They are the legacy of the Ceaușescu era when young people were abandoned as ‘social orphans’ and left to the minimal nurturing care of the Romanian State.  Once the girls reached eighteen years of age they were required to find their own accommodation, which often resulted in them living on the streets.

     

    Casa Jubilee was set up, initially as several residences known as ‘Inasmuch Homes’ serving as refuge shelters which gave basic protection and food to abandoned street children. Over the years more than fifty girls have been provided for, including those who had to care for their own young children. The current female residents are all mentally challenged and traumatised to varying degrees. Some have physical disabilities. The Centre is greatly assisted by the local clinic nurse, who visits daily to administer the women’s medication and ensure their health issues are dealt with.

  • Property

    The Jubilee home has been transformed from a semi-derelict, run down property to a partially refurbished centre comprised of three accommodation types: Main house: which now provides the main living accommodation for the women. Five Dynamic Habitat (DH) two-person units: these, at present, can be available for other welfare, family or visiting support team use.

    One Annex: a Steel Insulated Panel building (SIP), known as the ‘Sandra Doole’ house, with the potential of providing further accommodation and an activity centre, but in need of refurbishment.

    The gardens are extensive and are planted out with trees and shrubs. Space is available for vegetable and flowers. Substantial refurbishment of the buildings, driveways and environment was carried out by two groups. The USA supporters refurbished the main house and the RPCNI and Blythswood Care provided the DH and SIP units.

  • Care Provision

    Casa Jubilee is seeking to provide a basic level of care and to collaborate with a local clinic to assist in helping the residents with:

    • Medical and Cognitive assessment reviews
      Basic education and work skill training sessions
    • Social and emotional welfare assessment reviews
    • Assistance and training to carry out essential living activities
    • Spiritual awareness and level of Christian understanding and their commitment to Christian values.
    • An individualised care plan to be agreed and followed by the carers
    • Volunteer Support Workers are encouraged to assist with the spiritual & practical care and welfare support of the residents, including leading daily bible devotional exercises, teaching general skills and providing learning opportunities.
  • Current Staff

    The staff of the Jubilee Centre are as follows:

    General Manager: John Baciu
    Working full-time and carrying the daily operational pressure of Casa Jubilee. A person who often serves well beyond the call of duty!

    Welfare Supervisors: Florian, Marius
    These men work on 24 hour shifts and their primary role is to ensure that security, peace and harmony are maintained. They are also able to offer to the women basic bible study, teaching and activity skills.

    Cook: Luminita
    The cook, who encourages the women who are able to assist her in the preparation of meals.

    Nurse: Rely
    Administers prescribed drugs and carries out any rst aid requirements. Her husband, Costel, is also a very willing and ready volunteer.

    A range of additional volunteers is also beginning to be deployed at Casa Jubilee. In particular, volunteers will be encouraged to provide the daily devotional Bible study at weekends.

  • Spiritual Life

    Bible Teaching and General Education Programme:

    An essential part of the life at Casa Jubilee is for the residents to attend daily Bible study and devotional times. The short morning and evening devotions are taken by the welfare staff and the volunteers. All the residents are encouraged to attend these times and bene t from what is offered.

    In addition to Bible teaching, a general education programme, and activities, suitable for the ability level of each of the residents, is under development.

    Some of the ladies have occasionally been worshipping in local churches on the Lord’s day and it is hoped that congregations nearby, and individual believers, would develop an interest in, and have more regular contact with each of the residents in Casa Jubilee.

    “An essential part of the life at Casa Jubilee is for the residents to attend daily Bible study and devotional times.”

  • Activity Weeks

    A spring activity and friendship week with ladies from Northern Ireland was a great success and such times are really appreciated by the Casa Jubilee residents. The proposal is to continue with two special occasions each year, in September and March/April.

    These activity and friendship weeks give visiting ladies an opportunity to build friendships with the residents; provide them with craft activities, recreational games and care opportunities. In addition, they are an encouragement to the staff and also the presence of other adults on site who are, at times, fully focused on the residents can relieve the staff from their constant need for vigilance, for short periods at least!

    The September team, consisting of both men and women, would carry out essential maintenance and repair to Casa Jubilee, something constantly needed in an older building.

    If you would like to join either the activity or repair week (or both!), please get in touch with the Casa Jubilee NI Support Group.

  • Money Matters

    The centre has reduced its minimal running costs to £5K per month.

    Casa Jubilee will require new commitment from third party funders to support the running of the current facility for the foreseeable future, and until further Romanian sources of funding can be identified.

    The accounts of Casa Jubilee are available for examination by any potential donating source and the existing charity auditors. Professional accountants manage the income and expenditure of the Centre and make available monthly financial reports.

    Historically, Jubilee received approximately 80% of its funding requirements from Christian Brethren Supporters in the USA, this has now decreased to 50%,due to the reducing donor base in the USA. Other support comes from churches, charities and individuals within the UK. Romanian support is beginning to develop, both financial and in the provision of food items from local businesses.

    The Board is looking to develop a new financial strategy partnership with UK and Romanian Charities to enable the successful running of Casa Jubilee for the foreseeable future.

    The accountants are happy for any sponsor to contact them directly with any queries regarding the accounts, and for an international auditor to visit them to carry out an audit of the books.

  • Governance

    The Casa Jubilee Board is made up of four people: two Romanian business people, one retired USA accountant and Sam Thompson, acting President. The Board wishes to expand its membership with more local Romanians to assist with the long-term management of the facility. Also that the Board is seeking to identify and enter into negotiations with other suitable USA and European Christian Welfare Organisations to seek the full or partial sharing of responsibility for the Casa Jubilee care facility.

Residents

The fourteen women of Casa Jubilee, all now in their thirties, come from socially deprived and abusive backgrounds.  They are the legacy of the Ceaușescu era when young people were abandoned as ‘social orphans’ and left to the minimal nurturing care of the Romanian State.  Once the girls reached eighteen years of age they were required to find their own accommodation, which often resulted in them living on the streets.

 

Casa Jubilee was set up, initially as several residences known as ‘Inasmuch Homes’ serving as refuge shelters which gave basic protection and food to abandoned street children. Over the years more than fifty girls have been provided for, including those who had to care for their own young children. The current female residents are all mentally challenged and traumatised to varying degrees. Some have physical disabilities. The Centre is greatly assisted by the local clinic nurse, who visits daily to administer the women’s medication and ensure their health issues are dealt with.

Property

The Jubilee home has been transformed from a semi-derelict, run down property to a partially refurbished centre comprised of three accommodation types: Main house: which now provides the main living accommodation for the women. Five Dynamic Habitat (DH) two-person units: these, at present, can be available for other welfare, family or visiting support team use.

One Annex: a Steel Insulated Panel building (SIP), known as the ‘Sandra Doole’ house, with the potential of providing further accommodation and an activity centre, but in need of refurbishment.

The gardens are extensive and are planted out with trees and shrubs. Space is available for vegetable and flowers. Substantial refurbishment of the buildings, driveways and environment was carried out by two groups. The USA supporters refurbished the main house and the RPCNI and Blythswood Care provided the DH and SIP units.

Care Provision

Casa Jubilee is seeking to provide a basic level of care and to collaborate with a local clinic to assist in helping the residents with:

  • Medical and Cognitive assessment reviews
    Basic education and work skill training sessions
  • Social and emotional welfare assessment reviews
  • Assistance and training to carry out essential living activities
  • Spiritual awareness and level of Christian understanding and their commitment to Christian values.
  • An individualised care plan to be agreed and followed by the carers
  • Volunteer Support Workers are encouraged to assist with the spiritual & practical care and welfare support of the residents, including leading daily bible devotional exercises, teaching general skills and providing learning opportunities.

Current Staff

The staff of the Jubilee Centre are as follows:

General Manager: John Baciu
Working full-time and carrying the daily operational pressure of Casa Jubilee. A person who often serves well beyond the call of duty!

Welfare Supervisors: Florian, Marius
These men work on 24 hour shifts and their primary role is to ensure that security, peace and harmony are maintained. They are also able to offer to the women basic bible study, teaching and activity skills.

Cook: Luminita
The cook, who encourages the women who are able to assist her in the preparation of meals.

Nurse: Rely
Administers prescribed drugs and carries out any rst aid requirements. Her husband, Costel, is also a very willing and ready volunteer.

A range of additional volunteers is also beginning to be deployed at Casa Jubilee. In particular, volunteers will be encouraged to provide the daily devotional Bible study at weekends.

Spiritual Life

Bible Teaching and General Education Programme:

An essential part of the life at Casa Jubilee is for the residents to attend daily Bible study and devotional times. The short morning and evening devotions are taken by the welfare staff and the volunteers. All the residents are encouraged to attend these times and bene t from what is offered.

In addition to Bible teaching, a general education programme, and activities, suitable for the ability level of each of the residents, is under development.

Some of the ladies have occasionally been worshipping in local churches on the Lord’s day and it is hoped that congregations nearby, and individual believers, would develop an interest in, and have more regular contact with each of the residents in Casa Jubilee.

“An essential part of the life at Casa Jubilee is for the residents to attend daily Bible study and devotional times.”

Activity Weeks

A spring activity and friendship week with ladies from Northern Ireland was a great success and such times are really appreciated by the Casa Jubilee residents. The proposal is to continue with two special occasions each year, in September and March/April.

These activity and friendship weeks give visiting ladies an opportunity to build friendships with the residents; provide them with craft activities, recreational games and care opportunities. In addition, they are an encouragement to the staff and also the presence of other adults on site who are, at times, fully focused on the residents can relieve the staff from their constant need for vigilance, for short periods at least!

The September team, consisting of both men and women, would carry out essential maintenance and repair to Casa Jubilee, something constantly needed in an older building.

If you would like to join either the activity or repair week (or both!), please get in touch with the Casa Jubilee NI Support Group.

Money Matters

The centre has reduced its minimal running costs to £5K per month.

Casa Jubilee will require new commitment from third party funders to support the running of the current facility for the foreseeable future, and until further Romanian sources of funding can be identified.

The accounts of Casa Jubilee are available for examination by any potential donating source and the existing charity auditors. Professional accountants manage the income and expenditure of the Centre and make available monthly financial reports.

Historically, Jubilee received approximately 80% of its funding requirements from Christian Brethren Supporters in the USA, this has now decreased to 50%,due to the reducing donor base in the USA. Other support comes from churches, charities and individuals within the UK. Romanian support is beginning to develop, both financial and in the provision of food items from local businesses.

The Board is looking to develop a new financial strategy partnership with UK and Romanian Charities to enable the successful running of Casa Jubilee for the foreseeable future.

The accountants are happy for any sponsor to contact them directly with any queries regarding the accounts, and for an international auditor to visit them to carry out an audit of the books.

Governance

The Casa Jubilee Board is made up of four people: two Romanian business people, one retired USA accountant and Sam Thompson, acting President. The Board wishes to expand its membership with more local Romanians to assist with the long-term management of the facility. Also that the Board is seeking to identify and enter into negotiations with other suitable USA and European Christian Welfare Organisations to seek the full or partial sharing of responsibility for the Casa Jubilee care facility.