On Saturday, May 28, the Lithuanian Samaritan Jurbarkas Region Community celebrated its 30th anniversary. The charity currently has 72 members in Jurbarkas.
Many Samaritans from Jurbarkas were awarded for their active work and sincere help. Letters of thanks were presented by Skirmantas Mockevičius, Mayor of Jurbarkas District, Sonata Patkauskaitė, President of the Lithuanian Samaritan Community, and Kristina Vančienė, Chairwoman of the Jurbarkas Regional Community. Antanas Juozas Kazakevičius, an Honorary Citizen of the Jurbarkas District, a long-time former chairman of the Jurbarkas district, and Česlovas Meškauskas, the elder of Raudonė, gave greetings and shared their memories.
On the occasion of this honorable anniversary, the community of the region was greeted at the Jurbarkas Library by guests from Kėdainiai, Klaipėda, Kaunas, Kelmė, a guest from Germany, as well as Heinz Puttlitz, an Honorary Citizen of Jurbarkas District, and others.
“One of the largest charity organizations in Jurbarkas, which has nine children’s day care centers, has the largest support network,” said Mayor S. Mackevičius about the Jurbarkas charity organization. He also recalled that among the few Honorary citizens of the district, even two are Samaritans. “It shows the maturity and weight of this organization,” he said.
The Lithuanian Samaritan Jurbarkas Region Community is a charitable public organization that has been running social, care, support, integration, psychological, social rehabilitation, day care, children’s summer employment and other programs for thirty years, uniting Lithuanian citizens, regardless of their profession, partisan or religious beliefs.
A brief history of the Jurbarkas region community
1992 January 31 The Jurbarkas Region Association of Lithuanian Samaritans was established by volunteers and activists of the city of Jurbarkas.
In 1997, with the efforts of the Samaritans, a charity canteen was established in Jurbarkas, which still feeds 50-70 socially disadvantaged people in the city.
In 1999, the Jurbarkas Day Center for Adults was established, which was visited by 30-50 people of respectable age.
The Jurbarkas Children’s Day Center was established in 2004 and is still open to 50 children.
The Red Children’s Day Center was established in 2008 and is still open to 25 children.
In 2009, during the reporting election meeting, Antanas Juozas Kazakevičius and a board of seven were elected chairman.
The Vajgiris Children’s Day Center was established in 2010 and is still open to 25 children.
In 2010, a second-hand furniture store was established in Kauno str. 36.
In 2010, a cooperation agreement was signed with the Vilnius Samaritan Branch. The Vilnius Samaritan Branch, which won EU funding for the project, provided access to 7 childcare – non-formal education, working single mothers.
In 2014, the project “Provision of Social Rehabilitation Services for the Disabled in the Community” was launched.
In 2016, together with the Jurbarkas Education Center, the project “Provision of Integrated Services to Children Victims of Violence or Indirect Domestic Violence (Witnesses) and Their Family Members” was launched.
In 2017, during the reporting election meeting, Kristina Vančienė and the Board of seven persons were elected the Chairman.
In 2017, the Girdžiai Children’s Day Center was established, which still operates today and is visited by 10 children.
In 2017, the Šimkaičiai Children’s Day Center was established, which still operates today and is visited by 15 children.
In 2018, the Veliuona Children’s Day Center was established, which still operates today and is visited by 25 children.
The Seredžius Children’s Day Center was established in 2018 and is still open to 25 children.
In 2018, the Juodaičiai Children’s Day Center was established, which still operates today and is visited by 20 children.
In 2018, the Eržvilkas Children’s Day Center was established, which still operates today and is visited by 25 children.
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Article and photos by Oksana Mazur