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Operational framework, Highlights, and Images of “House of Life” The first hospitality center in Egypt for released women

 

Operational Plan:

It’s an important administrative practice for making a Plan to document operations of the hospitality center for released women

The operational plan is made through a collaborative effort between the board of trustees of Life Foundation, director of the hospitality center for released women, and staff.

The Operational plan enables the board of directors and staff to turn decisions regarding strategy and resources into a short-term plan aiming to achieve results through turning mission and vision into concrete steps to work on its implementation daily.

The operational plan includes the following:

  • Identify the main internal and external issues, needs, and opportunities or problems faced by the hospitality center for released women.
  • A list of programmatic and operational targets of the financial period.
  • A description of the desired results of each target, performance measurement standards, and performance indicators to develop the basis for a coherent reporting system.
  • Identify resources for activities and tasks, responsible persons, and those responsible for the successful completion of activities and tasks.
  • The staff costs associated with those activities and costs of other resources necessary for each activity and task (a detailed budget).
  • Timescales and deadlines for tasks or projects.

Shelter Services:

Procedures and Conditions for applying:

  • Make a request during imprisonment or upon release directly or within 6 months by women prisoners, or partner, or prison departments to stay in the shelter; as an interim phase following release.
  • No breadwinner or house after release.
  • Having a child or two children max. (girls up to the age of 12 years and boys up to the age of 7 years) without appropriate housing after mother’s release.
  • Explain the rules of joining the hospitality center immediately upon entering the center and determine the length of stay (long-term or short-term residence – based on information provided in the form).

Programs of the hospitality center for released women:

The first Program

The Interim phase program:

  • Duration of this program is from one day to one week.
  • Receive vulnerable cases and victims of violence after release directly, cases sentenced to probation as a precaution or as a part of the original judgment, and cases who want reorganize their thoughts and life before back to their families upon release.
  • Make a request from prison to stay in the hospitality center.
  • Rations services, educational lectures, and specialized psychological session are provided; and conduct research on the social situation of the case’s family; and determine the services needed during her stay in the center.
  • Help the case to make a life plan after release and set dates for external sessions at the headquarters of Life Foundation to promote and rebuild their lives and agree on those dates with the case before leaving the center.
  • Hold meetings at the hospitality center with family for reintegration, just in the case of mediation through written consent of the case to contact with the family.
  • Participation of Post-Care Police Department in providing services to cases if there are obstacles relating to the economic empowerment; and Participation of violence against women Police Department in case of domestic violence prevents the cases from backing their house or family.
  • Collaborate with Post-Care Police Department to identify cases under probation, for trying to find solutions to mitigate the impact of probation, that may hinder their integration in their families.
  • Determine the status of the case if she was referred to other stakeholders in the case of drug addiction, violence, and serious illnesses; and determine a follow-up mechanism to partner associations and organizations.
  • Develop a service program after leaving the hospitality center, and provide a mechanism to communicate with the foundation regularly by providing weekly psychological support sessions.

The Second Program

Short-term residence Program:

  • Duration of this program is from one week to three months.
  • Monitor the social and psychological status of the case through forms developed by the hospitality center, and identify priorities and needs in a comprehensive and detailed report, and develop a services plan for the case after her release and during her residence in the center.
  • Provide the integrated services of Life Foundation (legal, psychological, social, empowerment and employment services).
  • Help the case to make a life plan after release and set dates for sessions of (Program of basic skills for success) at the headquarters of Life Foundation to promote and rebuild their life after leaving the center.
  • Develop a plan to move to an adequate house, and determine how far the case will be able to stay in it; and how far it suits the rehabilitation program in terms of its location in a supportive environment which could help to prevent a return to crime.
  • Determine the economic empowerment services that the case needs; whether through a steady job or a project to manage it from within or outside the house, after her psychological, social, and legal rehabilitation.
  • Make a plan to receive training of life skills, violence-management, and economic empowerment or employment; while continuing to provide psychological support services depending on the service plan of the case.

The Third Program

Long-term residence Program:

  • Duration of this program is from three months to one year.
  • Monitor the social and psychological status of the case through forms developed by the hospitality center, and identify priorities and needs in a comprehensive and detailed report, and develop a services plan for the case after her release and during her residence in the center.
  • Provide the integrated services of Life Foundation (legal, psychological, social, empowerment and employment services).
  • Help the case to make a life plan after release and set dates for sessions of (Program of basic skills for success) to promote and rebuild their lives.
  • Monitor reports and case study of prisoner’s family prepared by the social specialist and lawyer during the period of detention: before determining the services plan and residence period.
  • Determine the economic empowerment services that the case needs; whether through a steady job or a project to manage it from within or outside the house, after her psychological, social, and legal rehabilitation.
  • Develop the basis of collective work for cases that will collaborate in one project; which life foundation will pursue to issue the project’s license, and for group therapy sessions.
  • Make a plan to receive training of life skills, violence-management, and economic empowerment or employment; while continuing to provide psychological support services depending on the service plan of the case.

Cases are transferred in the following situations:

The strict confidentiality of the cases’ information must be taken into account in the hospitality center and during referrals to other bodies

 

  • The need to provide medical treatment, this will be done through the psychological unit.
  • If there are cases have withdrawal symptoms, the voluntary referral will be to sanatoriums, clinics, and associations that provide this service.
  • If there are cases of drug addicts slightly that could be followed up and treated; communication with family supporter must be taken into account, and re-provide services to the case will be after the completion of the treatment period, the communication with the family will be done just if the case approves it.
  • If there are HIV/AIDS cases, referral will be to the specialized hospitals and associations that provide this service; that is not inconsistent with residence in the hospitality center while maintaining the confidentiality of the information; and taking necessary protective measures; and in collaboration with the national program for treating HIV/AIDS; if the cases accept that.
  • Transmit victims of poverty who need a donor to avoid back to prison or to negotiate to drop the pending lawsuits.
  • Provide services for prisoners’ families only if they need it for providing psychological support for the prisoner or if they need to issue official identity documents of women prisoners’ children, or refer them to partner associations to help them.
  • children of women ex-prisoners children live with their mothers in the hospitality center; girls up to the age of 12 years and boys up to the age of 7 years; rations services, clothes, and services of issuing official identity documents or paternity are provided in the hospitality center.
  • Provide training and activities of Psychodrama, storytelling, and art therapy within the psychological program of cases.
  • Follow-up closely the cases in the hospitality center; and update services reports, and speed up the integration process to ensure material independence and Self-determination.
  • Provide curative journey in collaboration with the psychological unit of Life foundation as treatment and education activities.
  • Provide play, drawing, and music activities, educational assistance, and rations services to children of women ex-prisoners those who live with their mothers in the hospitality center.
  • Throw a party per month to host associations, businessmen, women entrepreneurs and national council of women and to present success stories of cases in the hospitality center and serving food that prepared by women living in the hospitality center.
  • Make a post- residence plan including:
  • Get donors to help the cases and to ensure their needs after leaving the hospitality center; especially if there are children in stages of education.
  • Develop self-reliance and economic empowerment plan in the second half of the residence duration until after leaving the hospitality center.
  • Discussions with the ministry of social solidarity to identify services that might be provided to the case (pension – Kiosk – licenses – soft loans) after submitting a report on the current situation of the case.
  • Discussions with Post-Care Police Department to issue training certificates are certified by training centers or factories to facilitate work after release and after leaving the hospitality center.
  • Develop a plan to follow-up the case for three months after leaving the hospitality center; to provide them with opportunities to make benefit of their experience with Life Foundation to help other cases (transfer of experience).

The Fourth Group

Education, Awareness-raising, and transfer of experience Program

  • This program is for the case who has a successful experience in achieving stability and rebuilding her life, who completed the Long-term residence Program in the hospitality center, and has proved successful in rehabilitation and reintegration programs; and is for businessmen, executive officers, responsible and concerned people, and volunteers engaged in supporting life foundation’s cases.
  • Cases who have proven successful in rehabilitation and reintegration programs can act as trainers within the hospitality center.
  • wider participation in holding regular meetings and sessions to present the different experience and to transfer the experience of cases who have proven successful in rehabilitation and reintegration programs and in work.
  • wider participation in holding training of Psychodrama and storytelling to transfer the experience of cases that could later be used for documentary films on success stories in rebuild life.
  • Holding regular meetings with Post-Care Police department officials, Anti-violence against women department officials, and relevant ministries providing services to ex-prisoners and women breadwinners; to discuss challenges and to effectively communicate with ex-prisoners to ensure that they do not re-offend.
  • Holding regular awareness-raising and educational meetings and book fairs; and hosting concerned people, media professionals, and writers.
  • Holding an event (charity event) per month to host officials, businessmen, concerned people, and executive officials to have lunch in the hospitality center; and to present services provided by Life Foundation and monthly events; and to realizing the principle of reintegration and interdependence; and every month; a new partner body will be chosen to fund this event over the year.
  • Develop a fund-raising plan for the hospitality center to provide funding for activities and to promote the idea of rehabilitation and community integration and reduce stigmatizing.

 

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