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Poverty is a violation of human dignity and abuses human rights . The Greek society is currently going through a particularly difficult period due to the economic crisis and much of the population has been led to unemployment and poverty . In a broader effort to alleviate the effects of the crisis , civil groups , businesses , organizations , public and private bodies organize actions and initiatives in support of our fellow citizens affected by poverty.
Under these efforts was developed the program “Network of social structures to combat poverty in the Municipality of Thessaloniki”, coordinated by Arsis – Association for the Social Support of Youth and the Municipality of Thessaloniki in collaboration with PRAKSIS, which has been approved by the Ministry of Labour, Social Insurance and Welfare and is funded by the European Union and from the European Social Fund and the Greek State and in particular by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development”.
The program includes the creation of a network of eight social structures to support individuals and families that are affected economically and are unable to meet basic biotic needs. The Social Grocery, the Social Pharmacy, the Dormitory for Homeless, the Open Day Center for Homeless, the Soup Kitchen Service, the Public Kitchen Garden, the Intermediation Office and the Time Bank, address in individuals and families, residents of the municipality who are denied the right to a decent living , facing unemployment , forced in homelessness, excluded from public health.
In recent years, social and economic developments have caused aggravation of social problems. Large parts of the population led to unemployment or underemployment. They live in poverty, face homelessness, excluded from public health, isolated and marginalized .
These new conditions invite the local community to meet the challenges and to actively participate in solving critical problems by taking a more active role and utilizing opportunities for the benefit of all.
Towards this direction within the project “Network of social structures to combat poverty in the Municipality of Pavlos Melas”, Arsis NGO in cooperation with the Municipality of Pavlos Melas make the creation of six social structures , which are: the Social Grocery, the Social Pharmacy, the Soup Kitchen Service, the Public Kitchen Garden, the Intermediation Office and the Time Bank.