When you are homeless and can barely clothe your body, you have only your dignity to remind you that you are human.

You are vulnerable – socially, physically, emotionally.

This is the reason for Us being here –

You are alone - socially, physically, emotionally.

When are you are homeless and mentally ill, the world turns its back on you. You do not exist. Period.

This is the reason for Us being here –

Towards Building a Society that CARES

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Settling in to the community through productive work

While repatriation to the family is one of the key goals of Iswar Sankalpa’s restoration process, often, if the families cannot be located, or refuse to take the client back, or if the person is unwilling to return to their family, Iswar Sankalpa makes other provisions for the relocation and resettlement of such cases in safe spaces in the community with provisions for earning a sustainable livelihood.

For these individuals, greater emphasis is placed on motivating our clients in engaging in vocational and occupational therapies and trainings, as well as garnering functional literacy skills. This allows for maximal chances of ensuring that our clients were confident and capabilities in their abilities to be engaged in supportive employment in a sustainable manner. Additionally, liaising with different social security schemes has begun in order to obtain disability certificates, bank accounts and Unique Identity (UID/Aadhaar) cards for our clients, which are essential matters in recreating and giving back these individuals their long-lost identities.

In the absence of a family support system set-up, these clients have to resign themselves to not being with their families and at the same time, think of alternate ways in which to plan for their lives. In this regard, Iswar Sankalpa, focuses on identifying community spaces which will be secure and also help the individuals to be engaged in supportive employment.

The team tries to negotiate with community caregivers to engage the homeless men with psychosocial disabilities in their small businesses in the locality. For example, some small roadside dhaba owners may sometimes agree to employ a client and provide food and shelter along with a small salary. This helps the client to re-integrate into the community under the care of a caregiver and also to slowly work towards being cared for by others to looking after self. Often, this is a milestone for the community itself, may of who have seen his journey from being lost, to working towards regaining their identities and living with dignity.

The team also works on trying to engage the women residents undergoing specific trainings in jobs – especially for those who do not have the option of repatriation. Some women are employed as domestic workers, living in their employer’s homes, some live alone working to support themselves.

In all these cases, the team works on providing the employer with support and assistance, helping them to understand the client’s history and the kind of support they will need in the beginning of this process of resettlement and reintegration. Iswar Sankalpa also offers assistance by providing medicines. In cases where the client lives by themselves, Iswar Sankalpa encourages regular follow-up.

Resettlement provides the individual with options other than families and also brings together community resources in understand and supporting psychosocial disabilities.