CCS' REFUGEE DISTRIBUTION CENTER - GREECE
About the Center
Even though refugee numbers in Greece continue to grow, many international organizations, due to funding demands, are leaving. The void has left an opportunity for CCS volunteers to fill a critical role in supporting these vulnerable families where few others can.
At the Ritsona Camp, one of the largest refugee camps in Greece, CCS took over the main supply distribution center supporting 800 camp residents. CCS fully funds the Center through the participation of volunteers and donors. The Center includes managing daily distributions of drinking water, milk, organizing material donations, and operating the boutique wherein camp residents can “shop” for their monthly allocation of clothes and shoes. Providing each of these services not only helps ensure that some of the most basic human needs of residents are being met, but also upholds residents’ senses of agency and dignity.
As volunteers, we can’t change the circumstances that led residents to be in camps, and we can’t change how soon they'll leave, but we can let them know that their international community cares about them and we can improve the camps in ways that restore dignity.
How Your Work Makes a Difference
At the Center, volunteers share compassion and kindness with residents while meeting basic needs. Volunteers in the Center take on the important task of organizing donations, making sure that quality clothing and shoes get to residents, from infants to aging elders. The boutique shop presents a unique way for residents to reclaim a sense of agency and dignity, by selecting the items they want for their families on a regular basis. Volunteers make sure the shop is adequately stocked for a variety of age, size, and gender needs, and serve as personal shopping assistants, giving customized care and attention to each family visiting the boutique. By focusing on building relationships with residents and treating them with respect through all aspects of the process, volunteers not only provide the only sources of clothing and water in the camp, but also help improve residents’ sense of dignity and stability in the face of so much adversity.
CCS Volunteers and Donors fully fund the Distribution Center