Saturday 16 February 2019

Vodafone’s EXCO team helps out at San Blas

The top management team at Vodafone Malta, the EXCO team, rolled up its sleeves and gave a helping hand at San Blas Therapeutic Centre, joining forces with the residents in a CSR day. During this event, the Vodafone team had the opportunity to spend a whole day interacting together with the residents of San Blas.

 “New Hope, our project to help and rehabilitate illicit drug users and their families offers a range of services that support the daily and long term functioning of residential and semi residential rehabilitation programmes that help persons overcome their drug addiction,” said Lino Cremona, Administrator and Head of HR at San Blas. “We are very grateful for the help we get from different organisations including Vodafone Malta. Without their contribution it would be very hard for us to to continue in our mission to help residents build up values that enable them change and return back into society as responsable individuals. We therefore would like to thank the Vodafone Malta Foundation for its continuous support throughout the years.”

The EXCO team explained how this was an eye opening experience. They expressed there gratitude towards San Blas staff who were very welcoming and expressed honest appreciation for their help. Talking to residents they realised how hard it can be for someone to get back on track after abusing of illicit substances. The Vodafone Malta Foundation has helped Caritas with several contributions in many different projects throughout the years. These include the Electrical Upgrade project in 2012 and  this year contributions were forwarded towards works in the Kitchen of the place. During 2011, Vodafone employees contributed money through the Employee Charity Contribution Scheme towards this organisation.

San Blas therapeutic Community offers drug abusers the opportunity to receive further rehabilitation treatment on a 24 hour intensive residential basis within a safe and secure community setting.  The Community hosts up to 28 male residents and the programme spans an average of nine months, with the the last month being on a semi-residential basis.  Once the residential phase is successful completed residents are evaluated and moved to the Re-entry phase.  After this phase a service is offered to all clients which helps them re-integrate into society.  After completion of the programme, clients are encouraged to keep contact with Caritas through its aftercare services.

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