On December 21, 2022, the first psychosocial support session for homeless people was organized with the theme “An act of gratitude through giving”, and five beneficiaries attended.
The goals of this workshop were:
- make yourself aware of the importance of gratitude for your own life and the lives of others.
- to recognize giving as a sign of self-transcendence and greater values
- express love and respect through the act of giving to another
The workshop is preliminarily presented through the way it is conducted and what it aims to achieve. Since it is the season of giving, the participants of the workshop independently packed gifts for their loved ones as an act of gratitude through giving to others. This encouraged assertiveness and empathy toward others. Also, through their creative work, mutual communication was encouraged through joint engagement. Under this vision, the feeling of value and personal contribution was strengthened. After wrapping the presents, the participants of the workshop wrote their Christmas wishes for themselves and their loved ones on small pieces of paper and pasted them onto the paper pine tree. Also, with the help of a logotherapy-oriented conversation, individual participants had the opportunity to express their deeper feelings, thoughts, and efforts.
The project “An innovative model of social inclusion of the homeless, empowering experts and strengthening the capacity of the Croatian network for the homeless” is financed by the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy.