HOMELESS HOSTELS
WORK PROGRAM

Get to know our program's social impact since March 2020
#SweetAccommodations #HomelessEntrepreneur

#HomelessHostelsWork

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis in March 2020, Sweet Accommodations has hosted 18 guests from the homeless community at our hostel in Barcelona.

The project has been created together with the NGO #HomelessEntrepreneur whose mission is to promote economic empowerment and poverty reduction via work and active citizenship, so people living in social exclusion can improve their quality of life.

Sweet Accommodations' initial response to the Covid-19 crisis has been to take care of our guests, employees and families. The best way we could help out our community during the state of emergency was to put our resources to the benefit of society.

Our company's mission has always been to offer a comfortable place to sleep to our guests visiting us. This crisis has given us the opportunity to keep doing what we do, with a different focus, a more open and committed one.

SweetHE Hostel

The #HomelessHostelsWork project has led to the creation of SweetHE Hostel, our very first Social Impact Hostel. SweetHE Hostel will host guests from HELP, a holistic program by #HomelessEntrepreneur. The program aims to upskill the participants to gain the necessary tools to enhance their employability, and ultimately become active citizens and end their state of homelessness.

HELP provides two levels of services:
  • Response to immediate and basic needs such as housing, food, physical and mental care, while providing the right environment and basis for the participants to focus on preparing to work.
  • Specific support to boost their employability and independence by a team of trainers in areas such as Professional Development, Health, Communication, Finance, Legal, Training, Mentoring, etc.

Our mission at SweetHE Hostel is to create the perfect space for our guests to begin their transformation. A place to call home during the initial stage of their program, the beginning of their journey to regain self-esteem, self-love, trust in themselves, trust in their community, and hope for the future. Our hostel is where our guests create new relationships and trust. Most of the people living in the streets have lost their social connections, we are aiming to create a family.

Together we are building an informal support network for our guests and all the participants of the HELP program. We also want to offer our community the opportunity to support the program by participating in any of our social impact experiences and events.

Social Impact

The current social impact at #HomelessHostelsWork from March 2020:

  • 18 rough sleepers have been housed and saved from the exposure to coronavirus. Their basis needs of hygiene, food and medical care have been covered. They are undergoing life changing training to develop personal and professional skills.
  • Hundreds of people have contacted us and joined our team of volunteers to plan an active role in ending homelessness in our city.
  • Thousands of stakeholders in our community have been touched by the stories of our participants and changed their point of view on homelessness.
Through this program, Sweet Accommodations aims to act directly on 4 of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for the 2030 Agenda:
  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Reduce inequalities

The Ecosystem

The success of the project depends on an ecosystem that involves the whole community.
In order to create sustainable, long lasting social impact, the program needs the involvement of both the public and private sectors along with active citizens, coming together to fight and overcome the problem of homelessness.

We are constantly building relationships and partnerships with:
  • Local Government bodies and administrations.
  • Local NGOs, organizations and foundations.
  • Businesses and active citizens
  • Housing spaces and facilities

The experience of #HomelessEntrepreneur and the HELP program allows us to quickly communicate and connect the right stakeholders to direct the resources where they are needed in the most efficient way.

The #HomelessHostelsWork project is scalable and ready to spread all over the world. This innovative solution to a social issue is proving its value, it is important to promote its adaptation, replication and scalability via direct leadership stemming from the organization that originated the idea.

© 2019 Sweet BCN Accommodations.
All rights reserved.