Anika and Jiří - two out of five faces that together with the face of Olga Havel appear in the OHF commercial. Two young people embody two different types of disability. We would like to share with you their stories through interviews with Head of the St. Agnes Home, where Jiří works, and Anika’s mother Andrea.
St. Agnes Home located in the region of Týn nad Vltavou manages sheltered workshops for people, who, because of their handicap, cannot be self-sufficient. Workshops bring back traditional crafts developed by previous generations and provide opportunities for personal interaction. Sheltered workshops became the fundamental pillars for development of work habits and skills as well as feeling of usefulness and repletion. For people with handicap, employment opportunity represents a significant step towards social integration.
Strengthening people-to-people contacts
At “Agnes”, there are 32 handicapped people, who work with wood, pottery or as weavers. Employees also create advertising prints and look after the maintenance of public greens. “Agnes” has also been running its own brand of Merino sheep wool products. The wool is bought from a local farmer, washed, and then, with help of clients, wool products are made.
“Production from the traditional natural material reveals the magic of previous generations’ life. Employees spend time together while winding wool into balls and that is how personal interaction develops,” that is the major benefit of working together as highlighted by Jiří Dudlíček. His vision is to extend Home’s services to other regions within the Czech Republic.
Step towards an independent life
The OHF has been supporting activities of the St. Agnes Home by providing a new sawdust briquettes press, which can process wood surplus and waste. Jiří is one of the employees, who is also portrayed in the "Olga Stays with Us" commercial. Jiří has been working at "Agnes" for a long time. Currently, he works with a loom. He had been unable to find a job due to his mental handicap. However, if he had stayed jobless at home, he would have been a big burden for his family. St. Agnes Home, by means of its sheltered workshops, offered him and other handicapped people a solution. For Jiří, it is another step to live independent life while enjoying adequate social status and feeling of self-fulfillment, and having his basic needs met.
At “Agnes” we go back to the magic of traditional craft
St. Agnes Home in Týn nad Vltavou-Čihovice aims to help adults with mental handicap to better integrate into society. Within a facility, there is a sheltered workshop that provides employment opportunities to handicapped people like Jiří (33) who has been in the workshop for fifteen years and whose face is one of those portrayed of the OHF commercial.
To look forward to each day and not to be left out
“At “Agnes” we provide social services, rehabilitation and therapy and support independent living. Thus, we would like to achieve that all our clients would look forward to coming to the sheltered workshops or daily stationer. We don’t want them to feel left out. We treat them as valuable and respected people, who will not be humiliated due to their handicap,” says Jan Dudlíček, Head of the Home, while explaining the fundamental principles observed at St. Agnes.
Within its programme Pathways towards Integration, the OHF provided financial contribution of 501,000 CZK for equipment of the sheltered workshop.