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J. Pabrėžos g. 4,
Kretinga LT-97129
Lithuania
tel.: +37067121608
email: sv.antanodc@gmail.com


ST. ANTHONY DAY CENTRE


MISSION OF THE CNETRE
To serve God and the Church, to help children, teenagers and youth, going through various crises in the families and that for their families to come to know God’s love, in various ways to show them reflections of goodness, to help to find and share goodness in their own lives..

IDENTITY
VISION
To seek that the children, teenagers and youth, who go through various crises in their lives, would be given the right and honest example and help to introduce the families to the true values of life and help to integrate them. To seek that the workers and volunteers of the Centre
would be a living community – dedicated to the service and each other.

PROVIDING FREE SERVICES TO THE SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES

Services for the children. Occupation of the children; bringing children from villages and then taking them back home; feeding; consultations of the social worker and psychologist; organizing leisure: camps, excursions, outings and other program services.

Services for the families. Once per month or according to the possibilities receive food package; information about activities and updates; various feasts for families and children, where there are given gifts to the children and to parents. We provide free consultations in the Day Centre.

OTHER SERVICES

For workers and volunteers. Trainings, retreats, thanksgiving events, outings.

OUR MAIN SUPPORTERS
  • Parish of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kretinga
  • Monastery of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kretinga
  • Lithuanian Catholic Religion Aid (USA)
  • Social Security and Work Department of Lithuanian Republic, Municipality of Kretinga district
  • Charity and Support Fund „Maisto bankas“ („Food Bank“)
  • Lithuanian Canadian Foundation
  • Good will projects (www.aukok.lt)
  • Franc Hilfe (Austria)
  • Emergency Fund of the Open Society Institute in Lithuania
  • European Social Fund and European Social Fund Agency and other benefactors from Lithuania and foreign countries and funds.
OUR CO-WORKERS
  • Social Welfare Faculty of Vytautas Magnus University
  • Spiritual Guidance for Youth Centre in Klaipėda
  • Charity and Support Fund „Maisto bankas“ („Food Bank“)
  • Day Activity Centre
  • House of the Holy Cross of the Sisters of the Poor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  • Franciscan Gymnasium in Kretinga
  • Franciscan Youth Ministry of Kretinga
  • Social Service Centre in Kretinga
  • Children Support Centre
  • Caritas of Lithuania
  • Caritas of Panevėžys Diocese
  • Viekšniai Parish of St. John the Baptist
  • Venta Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

HOW DO WE SURVIVE?
St. Anthony’s Day Centre is a non-profit organization, having the status of a support receiver and maintaining from the support of the project and offerings of the people of good will.


HISTORY OF ESTABLISHMENT

Co-founders of the establishment: Kretinga's monastery of the Annunciation to Our Lady of the Lithuanian province of St. Casimir and natural person Ms. Margarita Lizdenytė.

In 2004 we’ve started the program in the name of Franciscan youth ministry of Kretinga. But the more we worked with children, going through various crises in the family and with their families; we noticed that the program is not enough that we need not only to go deep into their problems, but to organize comprehensive and timely help. So arose the idea to extend the program and to tackle it by establishing a separate organization.

St. Anthony's day center was founded on 21st November in 2007 in Kretinga. In the beginning the basis for the center was the program "Be good, if you can" the main aim of the program was care and education of children and teenagers from the poor families through artistic self-expression.

GOALS
  1. To improve and continue the programs carried on by St. Anthony's day centre.
  2. To organize education of the workers and volunteers invoking co-working partners.
  3. To create and adjust the building (ex-workshop of school) for the soup-kitchen, the social work with the homeless people, the families going through crises: parents, children and community educational center.
  4. To organize voluntary projects.
  5. To adapt the program „Big brothers big sisters“ seeking to help the children going through crises.
  6. To organize and expand activity onto which could join and other members of the society.

ACTIVITIES IN THE DAY CENTER
St. Anthony’s day center works with the children from families which need social support from Monday to Thursday during the school year, except for the Feasts and Holiday period.
Children are divided into two age groups: younger – 7-12 years old and elder – 13-17 years old.
  • Mondays – Group for younger children (7-12 years old)
  • Mondays – From the group of elders those who want attend  “street dance” circle
  • Tuesdays – Group of elder children (13-14 years old)
  • Wednesdays – Group for younger children (7-12 years old)
  • Thursday – Group of elder children (13-14 years old)
Children come after school to the parish house of the Annunciation to our Lady Church in Kretinga
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p. m
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p. m

Here they do their homework, cleaning, learn cooking and housework skills. Children have art, drama, discussions, consultations and art therapy activities. With children work social workers, social pedagogues, pedagogues and other specialists.
  • Every Monday and Wednesday we bring the younger children to the day center and take them home from Aukštkalviai, Budriai and Baubliai villages.
Yearly for separate groups we organize camps, outings, weekends. Children go for excursions, outings, cinemas and marches.

Yearly we organize events for the families: Christmas, Mother’s day, opening and closing of the school year; member of the children’ families are invited: parents, guardians, brothers and sisters, grandparents – children show what they’ve done, perform, etc.
 Workers, volunteers, children and their family members participate in various actions and event: ecological actions, fairs, etc.
St. Anthony’s day center participates in various charitable projects. In this way they support not only children with free service but also other members of the families with food packets (projects aren’t permanent, so the recipients personally learn about the support)
We visit the families that attend the day center at home.

CONTACTS:

Website:
http://www.svantanodc.lt

Columns: film, radio program, presentations of the calendar, photo gallery, various programs for children and their updates.

Name:
Viesoji istaiga Sv.Antano dienos centras
(Public establishment St. Anthony’s day center)


The address of administrative office:
Vilniaus g. 3, Kretinga, Lithuania

Email:
sv.antanodc@gmail.com

Director and coordinator of project's:
Ms. Margarita Lizdenytė


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