Chez Nous Haiti - 
Social Services Community Center
A project which will implement vast array of programs that would provide all the basic human needs vital to day-to-day survival; Daily Soup Kitchen with hot meals, free medical care; job training; classes in English as a Second Language, literacy, computers, office skills and sewing; and a community wide adopt-a- needy family program. The community center will be dedicated to relieving the poverty by taking a holistic and humanitarian approach with the underlying goal of lifting the needy out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. 


The Social Services Community Center's underlying mission will be to provide the means and the path to self-sufficiency to “break the bonds of poverty". It will provide opportunities and support essentials to reducing, and hopefully, eliminating reliance on public and private assistance. And, it will all be done in a manner that maintains the dignity and self-esteem of recipients.

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Characteristics of Social Services Community Centers

Holistic and Humanitarian Approach to relieving the effects of poverty with the underlying goal of lifting the needy out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.  

All goods & services will be free (e.g. food, clothing, Jobs training, medical treatment, lab tests, and prescriptions).

Volunteer-based:  All major hours of services will be donated by volunteers (services will include 90% volunteers from medical care professionals, fundraising and PR, job trainers, food pantry and Soup kitchen workers). 

Extraordinarily low overhead and administration costs: Goal to keep the overhead under 6%.

Sustainable on Private Community Funding - no dependence on govt grants.

Proposed Services of Social Services Community Centers 

Soup Kitchen, Emergency Food Bank and Homeless Programs - Hot lunches served 5-7 days a week, emergency food and clothing distribution for homeless. Boxes containing a nutritionally balanced 3-day supply of food for an entire family will be provided to local recipients each month. Another key facet of the Food bank will be job skills training programs.

Free Health Clinic – Medical care will be provided by volunteer health professionals in partnership with the free Medical Clinics. All the Clinics programs will provide preventative health education, free prescriptions, and referral arrangements for more specialized services.

Employment Support, Library & Training Center - Employment Specialist will help individuals and families to free themselves from the poverty cycle by developing their ability to make choices that will lead to a better life. Employment Service programs will provide assistance to primarily low-skilled and unskilled clients seeking jobs. The program will help the clients explore resources they can investigate independently, give advice on interview strategies, encourage attendance at the ESL and Computer classes etc. resume writing workshops. Year-round ESL courses; literacy classes; computer lab and reading, math and science tutoring for kids.

Clothing Center for Families – Provide to needy individuals and families necessary clothing, shoes, blankets and small household items. Clients will be given a complete outfit for job interviews


Proposed Projects 

La Vallee:

·         School Children Feeding Program

·         Go Green Team Haiti Project

o        Tree Planting for reforestation

o        Bio diesel pilot

Morne-à-Bruler :

Morne-à-Bruler is the third communal section of La Vallée de Jacmel, Haiti.  While Jacmel was a touristic destination with beautiful beaches, nice hotels and restaurants, and La Vallée de Jacmel was experiencing the growth of a new hospital, hotels, new schools, bakeries… Morne-à-Bruler was always neglected.

Because of its remote location, many people avoid traveling to Morne-à-Bruler. The name does no really describe it:  it comprises not one morne (mountain) but chains of mountains, valleys, and plains. 

 

All kinds of tropical fruits grow in the areas:  mangoes, sugar-cane, avocadoes, oranges, shaddocks, breadfruits, coconuts, bananas, coffee…  Grains are cultivated according to the seasons:  corn, millet, beans.  Chickens, goats, sheep and cattle are precious investments. 



In spite of all is beauty and picturesque views, Morne-à-Bruler’s basic needs have not been met:  there is no running water, no electricity, limited transportation, healthcare and educational resources.  The January 2010 earthquake destroyed its old main  attraction 
church of Mont Carmel.

·         School Children Feeding Program

·         Go Green Team Haiti Project

o        Tree Planting for reforestation

· Vocational School

o        Permaculture based farming

o        Sustainable and self sufficient agriculture

Port a Prince:

·         School Children Feeding Program

·         Visiting Medical and Dental Clinic

Baudin:

·         Visiting Medical and Dental Clinic

·         School Children Feeding Program

·         Go Green Team Haiti Project

o        Tree Planting for reforestation

o        Bio diesel pilot