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Medellin Supports Homeless with Special Reintegration Course


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Colombian ex-homeless individuals return home after completing the ‘Attention and Social Inclusion for Homeless’ program in Medellin. Credit: Alcaldia Medellin

In Medellin, Colombia 36 formerly homeless individuals recently returned to their homes after a reintegration process led by the Medellin City Hall. After 21 months of voluntary participation, the individuals graduated on March 13 from the “Attention and Social Inclusion for Homeless” program.

In the first phase of the project, participants received comprehensive care including shelter, food, art classes, courses from SENA (National Learning Service), psychosocial support, guidance in life projects, and personal growth workshops. This was complemented by the ‘Basic Care and Rebuilding My Life’ component, where they engaged in sensitization and group interventions focused on leaving street practices behind.

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Colombian Olga Lucia Barrantes Rodriguez from the ‘Attention and Social Inclusion for Homeless’ program. Credit: Alcaldia Medellin

In the second phase, both men and women entered a nine-month Semi-Open Care modality, focusing on further enhancing their skills and solidifying their life projects. Subsequently, they participated in a 12-month internment program, during which they reinforced their reintegration process and prepared themselves for their eventual return to the community.

Gratitude of Colombian homeless for reintegration program

“Today, I am grateful to God and to the reintegration program that has brought me to this moment. I truly believe this is the happiest day of my life. For 40 years, I wandered aimlessly without goals or purpose, but now I have a clear direction for my life,” expressed Hector Franco, a former homeless man who partcipated in the course.

Natalia Gudiño, who also completed the program, expressed her profound gratitude for the opportunity: “After this, I want to study, finish high school, and look for another job. I want to be a salesperson and promoter. If I could do it, we all have the same capacity; we are human beings, and if we are determined and take the step, we can achieve it,” she said emotionally.

The ceremony was presided over by Clara Velez, Deputy Secretary of Population Groups at the Medellin Inclusion Secretariat. There are presently 208 citizens actively engaged in the reintegration initiatives led by the City of Medellin.

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