Children living in the shelter arrive with a court order as the last resort after all previous effort made to place them within their extended families has failed. Alternatively, these are children and adolescents who may be living on the streets or in places with poor conditions, exposed to risks such as abandonment, neglect, abuse, violence, alcohol, and drugs.
The shelter has room for about 50 children. Here we find trustworthy people who give love, care, counseling, and a place where they are protected, educated, motivated, cared for, and where they have the opportunity for recreation. Additionally, they participate in camps and outside activities that help them in their personal growth.
SERVOME considers Christian education for children and the establishment of good values as fundamental. Through devotionals, special activities, and participation in the Emanuel Church, children learn different values from those learned on the streets.
Children under 5 years of age receive care at the Emanuel Daycare Center, and by the age of 6, they go to PROED School. Teenagers are encouraged to start vocational training courses. By law, they can stay at the shelter until turning 18. At 18 years of age, young people are given the opportunity to live in a Transition Home for about 3 years. This is a very important support, because they have different interests, responsibilities, and activities that require other approaches and freedoms. They can use the time at the Transition Home to get a degree and learn to become independent.