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SJOG: A New Beginning in the UK

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Since September 2022, St John of God Hospitaller Services (SJOG) - in partnership with CSAN - have been providing a matching service for individuals displaced by the war in Ukraine.

This is the story of one Ukrainian guest, Anna, who arrived under the SJOG Homes for Ukraine Scheme:

In the midst of turmoil and constant shelling in Kharkiv, my family found a glimmer of hope through the “Homes for Ukraine” programme, offered by St John of God Hospitaller Services (SJOG). This programme not only provided us with an escape route but also paved the way for a brighter and more peaceful future for my son, who has Asperger’s syndrome.

Our journey began when we were introduced to the programme, which was to become our lifeline out of a perilous situation. A remarkable couple, Anna and Edmund, quickly became our sponsors, but they would soon come to mean much more. They enveloped us with care and support, evolving into more than just sponsors; they became family.

The transition from a war-torn region to safety was made remarkably smooth, thanks to the programme’s efficient handling of every detail. From swift paperwork processing to speedy solutions for any issues that arose, SJOG made sure our needs were met every step of the way.

Perhaps the most poignant transformation was the impact on our son’s life. Once filled with fear and uncertainty, he now has the opportunity to attend a school that was previously just a dream. This newfound security and access to education have rekindled the joy of learning, making school days something to look forward to once again.

But there was an even deeper level to the change we witnessed in our son. The war had taken a toll on his health, exacerbating his Asperger’s syndrome. Here, in a peaceful environment, he finally found a place where he could thrive and receive the care he needed. His first words upon arriving were, “How wonderful it is to finally sleep without the sound of sirens.” It was difficult to part from our extended family back home, as he had grown up with his grandparents, but our son’s future meant everything to us. We are immensely grateful that England has embraced us so warmly.

In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, the “Homes for Ukraine” programme shines as a beacon of hope, providing not just refuge but also a chance for a brighter tomorrow. Our story serves as a testament to the power of compassion and the impact it can have on those facing the harshest of circumstances.

SJOG Homes for Ukraine is an official provider of the government scheme, operating in the whole of the UK. The scheme is funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities (DLUHC), and the Albert Gubay Fund.

The purpose of the programme is twofold: to evacuate people from the warzone and prevent homelessness amongst those Ukrainians already in the UK. If you wish to rent your property, which is also possible, feel free to apply via sjog-homesforukraine.uk 

More information on the project can be found at the following links:

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