Children's most admired superheroes arrived in Marseille to inaugurate a new Home for Families in January. Founded in 2009 by Apprentis d'Auteuil and located in the 4th arrondissement of Marseille, "La Halte des Parents" (meaning A stopover for Families) offers families facing difficult life situations a friendly and secure place where they can meet other parents and children, discuss education and learning issues, share their experiences and know-how, and develop their talents through workshops and meetings. They have chosen to act with and for the families by relying on the individual and collective resources of the people, on their creativity and commitment.
The Home welcomed 360 parents and children last year, and it is the 6th centre for Families in partnership with Apprentis d'Auteuil in France, which reinforces their long-term cooperation in the country. In addition, in France, each Home for Families has a local agent who takes the role of "godfather of the home".
Patrick Scorsone, Generali Agent in Marseille, accepted to take this responsibility. His role will be to create a close relationship with the Home's educators, help answer their needs and create a strong bridge between the Home, the families and our volunteers.
"At Apprentis d'Auteuil, we are convinced that beyond the difficulties that families may encounter, parents have knowledge, experience and resources on which they can rely to accompany their children. As part of our partnership, we can implement very concrete educational or support actions and projects, which positively impact the daily lives of thousands of children and parents in their parenting mission," comments Antoine Duhaut, deputy regional director of Apprentis d'Auteuil in the South-East of France.
Elise Ginioux, President of The Human Safety Net France Foundation, agrees: "At a time when one in five children in our country now lives below the poverty line, supporting the youngest children, whose parents are experiencing great difficulties, remains a major societal issue, which The Human Safety Net has taken up since 2017. As part of our for Families program, we have thus multiplied concrete initiatives and partnerships, such as the one initiated today".
In France, The Human Safety Net activities both the Refugees and the Families programme. The Families' one is active in over 10 Family Centres with 6 NGO Partners and 25 Babies-Parents centres in partnership with the Red Cross.