THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER PROGRAM
THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER PROGRAM
“The Vocational Training Center Program of the Casa Grace Foundation seeks to help fulfill the mission of the ministry, which is: ‘To enhance the human well-being by meeting the physical, social, and emotional needs of the people from the urban and rural areas of Bihor Country, Romania by providing counseling, training, material assistance, and emotional support in Christian love.’ The Vocational Training Center Program, as the name indicates, directly fulfills the training portion of the mission statement, to help people through ‘training . . . in Christian love.’ This program seeks to provide people with practical, necessary, and relevant job skills to enable them to find good, steady jobs. In this way they can help themselves and their families and eventually get out of the cycle of poverty. The Vocational Training Center Program consists of two main areas: Sewing classes and Computer classes.
The sewing classes exist for obvious reasons: to provide those interested with sewing skills so they can find a job and make a living to support themselves and their families. These classes last for 6 months, and upon graduation the ones who finished successfully can take their newfound knowledge and skills and seek jobs in sewing. It is usually not very hard for them to find jobs here in Oradea, because many people still cannot afford to buy new clothes, so sewing clothes is very common here. This is a very good and practical skill to have in Romania. The class is open to men and women, young and old, though the largest percentage of students often tends to be middle-aged women. Many of them had very little education as children when Romania was a communist country, and now they want to do something to improve their family situation. Or in some cases, perhaps their husbands died and now they must raise their children alone. The cases vary, but Casa Grace’s determination to help the less fortunate does not change, and the sewing class portion of the Vocational Training Center program helps meet a real need in the urban and rural areas of Bihor Country, Romania.
Along with the sewing classes are computer classes. These classes have the same purpose as the sewing classes: to provide interested persons with computer skills so they can find a job and make a living to support themselves and their families. There are 2 different computer classes offered. One is a 6-week class in which the graduates, upon completion, receive a legally recognized diploma throughout the European Union. This diploma helps them in obtaining a job in the area of computers.
The other class is a more advanced class and lasts for 4 months. The students in this class generally learn more because it is longer and they cover more areas than in the 6-week class, but they receive no officially recognized diploma upon completion. Most people take this class just for their own knowledge and benefit. With this advanced computer knowledge they can usually find a good job and receive a respectful salary by Romanian standards.
Both the sewing and computer classes are very practical ways in which Casa Grace, through the Vocational Training Center Program, is helping the less fortunate of Bihor County, Romania to improve their life situations and escape the cycle of poverty.
God has used this program to help many people find good jobs and to bring a sense of dignity and respect to their lives, since they are often the outcasts of society. Our prayer is that He uses it for many years to come in the same way, helping hundreds and even thousands of needy people to have the opportunity for a normal and happy life.
Please pray and consider ways in which God might want you to help the less fortunate here in Bihor County, Romania. There are many ways to help, the most important of which is to pray. We hope you will keep us in your prayers regularly, and also help Casa Grace in other ways if God so leads you.”
Our mission is to enhance the human well-being by meeting the physical, social, and emotional needs of the people from the urban and rural areas of Bihor County, Romania by providing counseling, training, material assistance, and emotional support in Christian love.