Laci tackles his chores at the Daniel Centre with enthusiasm but the discipline required to manage his time and respect working hours is something he had to learn.
And while finding a job isn’t the most important thing in life, it is essential for a young person brought up in social care if they are to fully participate in mainstream society.
Laci had experienced care in several orphanages and was in his late teens when the state authorities tried to reunite him with his family. At first he was welcomed but when the small sum of money provided by the state ran out, tensions soon arose and Laci was on his own.
For two years he lived in a shack on the outskirts of a village, earning money from occasional jobs and recycling scrap metal.
One of the first challenges he faced on the Daniel Centre’s programme was to learn the importance of personal hygiene and taking care of his appearance. At the Daniel Centre Laci has gained the respect of the other boys. He relates well to them and builds friendships easily. Lots of attention and positive feedback have increased his confidence and helped him overcome the damage done by earlier experiences of social rejection.
Laci tackles his chores at the Daniel Centre with enthusiasm but the discipline required to manage his time and respect working hours is something he had to learn. Now having completed a vocational course and with a growing sense of responsibility, he is looking forward to his first job interview in March.
Otilia Predatu, psychologist at the Daniel Centre, knows that Laci faces a long road ahead: “When they find a job and move out of the Daniel Centre, these young men still face various difficulties because of their background. Durable relationships are so important. Even with the social network created at the Daniel Centre most have difficulty in establishing personal boundaries.
“Through Blythswood’s after care programme, we aim to give them a point of stability in their lives.”