PEDRO ARRUPE HOUSE
Integration house for vulnerable refugees
The Pedro Arrupe House was established as a shelter house for vulnerable groups of refugees who have existing needs that are identified as a reason for them to be moved from bigger groups. The house can accommodate up to 20 beneficiaries for a set amount of time each. The focus is on children under age 14, particularly unaccompanied minors and children who have been separated from their families.
The accommodated beneficiaries are assigned different tasks, taking their capabilities into consideration, to ensure their smooth transition into this small community. In addition to providing basic needs such as accommodation, food, clothing and medical necessities, JRS staff and partner organizations offer joint activities and individual psychological support. Also, a lawyer provides legal advice regarding asylum and personal legal issues.
To ensure the beneficiaries have fulfilling days, we organize different educational and creative activities, excursions, visits to cultural and historical sites, etc. Considering the age of the children accommodated at the House, when they arrived during the school year, and how long they will be in Serbia, we make sure to properly continue the children’s education. To ensure the proper continuation of their education, we organize informal basic educational activities, including language, mathematics, and social studies classes. We also look for an official educational solution for each beneficiary to ensure that they receive a proper education and have the opportunity to continue their schooling afterward.