Since 2001, Smiles has established its cornerstone ‘Family Care Project’ which now supports over 1,000 people, predominantly children living in very poor conditions. Our support is primarily through Food, Medical & Social support. Through this cornerstone project – every other project within Smiles has been established.
The family situations we have come to know so well made clear to the Smiles leadership and supporters that there was a desperate need for some major new facilities, especially in support of the old and frail, the sick and vulnerable.
In 2010, the journey began with more significant decisions made.
Firstly, a Care Home for the Elderly who are in need of daily support and assistance with the challenges faced as we get older, but when living alone in Romania the vulnerability and dangers of life become more serious. This facility would be known as JFL 1.
Secondly, a Residential Facility and Day Care for those living with Disabilities who have virtually no help or support from the Romanian State. As an extension to our elderly care home, specialist provision was needed for those suffering Dementia and Alzheimer. The Day-Care Facility will provide much needed support for many with minor disabilities that with proper care and support could overcome the challenges of the disability and have a much more enjoyable life than currently possible in Romania. This would be known as JFL 2.
In 2010, Smiles purchased land in the heart of Salonta, to be home for the Joint Facility of Love. Construction began spring 2011 and Phase One, the Doris Elderly Care Centre, was opened in October 2013.This beautiful Care Home provides each room with an en-suite wet-room. We have a communal lounge, dining room, TV room, Conservatory Sun room, all decorated beautifully to make the facility feel very much like ‘home’.
The two storey building with elevator between floors provides excellent accommodation for 30 residents. Smiles Deputy Director, Georgi Lazau (nee Opreanu) is responsible for the facility, helped by administrative assistant Ligia Mitra and superbly assisted on site by permanent Social Assistant, Rebeca Mariscas. The facility has specialist trained loving staff to provide quality supervision and care to the highest standard possible.
Operating costs of the Home are, as you might imagine, very high as the standard and care required for the resident demands both social and medical support which doesn’t come cheap.
Please consider supporting the running costs with a monthly donation or special Fund-Raiser. Every contribution makes a huge difference to an elderly resident in need of help.
The Operating Costs for JFL 1 – ‘Doris Elderly Care Home’ average £8,950 / $11,635 per month
A snippet of history:
The Smiles Foundation is recognised as a leading Charity in Romania with over £4 million / $6 million invested for infrastructural development since 2002 and now with more than 100 Romanian nationals employed within all the significant and varied projects, the work is affecting and impacting entire communities across Bihor County, in North West Romania.
When the opportunity arose in summer of 2010 to purchase a suitable site in the centre of Salonta, Smiles moved quickly to secure it, purchasing in September 2010 for £300,000 ($450,000).
In April 2011 construction started on Phase One for the Elderly Care Home and was completed and opened in October 2013 at an additional cost of £350,000 ($525,000).
In Spring 2014, Smiles started work on Phase Two – the Disability Centre specialising in residential care for Dementia and Alzheimer, plus Day Care for disabled children in need of support and stimulation activities. The total cost for Phase 2 was £325,000 ($487,500) which included a state-of-the-art Sensory Room, Hydrotherapy Pool and Computer Activity Room. Everything was complete and the Grand Opening Ceremony was celebrated in April 2016.
The Joint Facility of Love was another ‘God Sized Challenge’ with a total investment close on £1million ($1.5million). Many very special people have been involved to help with raising funds for this wonderful facility and we thank you all for the amazing results.