Veritas Family Center

rsz_20150917_033040For 10 years, the Veritas social programs were located in a building in the center of Sighisoara.  It was not adequate for the number people that were being served, so in 2011 a large property at Strada Horea Teculescu, nr 34-36 was purchased.  The move to this property took place in 2013.  It is 2000 square meters and includes three separate buildings, plus a small apartment for the caretaker and his family.

Main building

The 1600 cubic meter building houses a large reception area, the director’s office, kitchen, dining room, large meeting and events room (and staff lunch area) and two large rooms for the kids’ club program.  From Monday to Thursday Veritas provides about 120 lunches a day and 45 lunches on Friday.

The second floor of this building is currently being renovated to add several offices, a large meeting area, two classrooms, and two bedrooms for visiting volunteers.

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Preschool, tutoring building

This section of the main building houses two rooms for the preschool program and an office which is also used for tutoring and teaching Romanian classes.

rsz_20160314_064759Playground

Outside the preschool building is a playground area which has a slide, two double swings and a courtyard.

Adolescent and elderly club meeting space

This separate building includes an office for staff working with the teen program, plus a large meeting room for teen and elderly club meeting, and a small kitchen.

 

Shop and garden

A small workshop has been made for storage of tools and equipment for maintenance of the facility.  Several garden areas (one a greenhouse) provide vegetables for use in the kitchen.  Produce is canned for winter use.  An herb and flower garden just outside the kitchen, provides beauty as well as herbs for use in cooking.

Clothing and sewing area

Another large two-story area of the property is currently being used for storing clothing donations and for a sewing workshop.

Historic building

A large building adjacent to the main Family Center building was built in 1765 and refinished through funding and volunteer workers from the U.S. over a period of three years.  Because this is a historic building, workers maintained the original footprint of the building, the shape of the roof, and kept the original windows. This building houses a counseling center for Floare de colț – a program for abused women, and two rooms which can provide shelter in emergencies for these women and their children.

The building is also the location of a five-hour daily program (Mon. – Thurs.) for people with disabilities and an office for the director of the Disabilities Program.  A multipurpose room has been furnished on the second floor, for the special needs group to use as a gym and area for relaxing.  A small kitchen can also be found in this area, so that special needs clients can develop skills for independent living.