“I work in the area of fund raising, as well as in the development, implementation and communication of projects and events aimed at improving the quality of life of young people with DMS and their families.
I left a multinational organisation and started working at FLK because I was so impressed with its innovative and avant-garde project, supervised housing and leisure adapted for people of great dependence. As a 22-year-old mother of Ignacio, with DMS, I decided that it was worthwhile to become 100% involved helping families in our situation to benefit from everything we do here with so much dedication, love and love for our children.”
María Del Palacio
Accounting and administration
FLK Center Coordinator – Social educator
Social integrator and Family Respite program coordinator
Therapies Center coordinator – Physiotherapist
Cleaning and cooking – FLK Center
Maintenance – FLK Center
Cleaning – Therapies Center
Strategic and economics
Dr. Ricardo Martino Alba
Dra. Mercedes Juste
José Carlos Bermejo
Pedro Horcajada Fernández
Councilor for adapted parks and integration
Ton y Linda Van der Veer
“Being part of the Lukas Foundation’s team, to me, is enriching both personally and professionally. As a paediatric physiotherapist, I accompany families and their children, helping them achieve greater functionality, autonomy and participation in the community through movement. I have the great fortune of being able to work with a great team of colleagues. It is a team with deep experience, professionalism and empathy. Plus, the facilities we have are wonderful. I also want to put the spotlight on our children and their families who, with their joy, effort and passion for life, are those who motivate us and give meaning to this wonderful profession.
“I’m Victor, a computer scientist and a great sports fan, particularly weightlifting. It is a pride to be able to participate in this project and that through the solidarity challenges between all of us we are able to help our young people with disabilities so that they can enjoy sports and leisure. From the first day I visited the center I have been very sensitive and I value even more the great work that is done here. I hope to continue helping in whatever way I can so that this family continues to grow.”
“When I joined the foundation I never knew it would be like this, working with this group is so gratifying and moving; every day is different. I always say that I don’t support anyone…they help me with small things… a smile, a kiss or laughter from ear to ear… creating this big family that we are.“
“I carry out essential services, like cleaning and basic maintenance, across the entire center. This includes but internal and external facilities, therapy rooms, common areas, machine room, roof with solar panels and other miscellaneous activities. My personal work is critical, because it benefits all the users of VT and therapies, Family Respites and also my LKF colleagues.“
“I’m Carmen and I’m in the reception center and I take care of the therapies and our users . I have been working with people for many years and this experience is something I can contribute to the foundation and to the relationship with both parents and children.
I am delighted to be working for this project and see all that it offers to the children both in the therapies and in the home. Their smiles make it all very worthwhile!”
“I got to the foundation almost by chance, and without meaning to it has become one of the most important parts of my life. LKF is more than the work we do with the users of the center; it is the affection and great contribution that we offer the community and the friendships we have formed within the team.
“My purpose as a social worker at the Lukas Foundation is to accompany families throughout the entire process, from the very beginning, building a connection based on trust and closeness. This is because they play a key role in identifying needs, planning resources and services, and evaluating chosen objectives, always respecting their priorities and decisions. I believe that vocation is essential for a social worker to be able to properly do their work with empathy and gratitude. Without these, it would be impossible to carry out our mission for an extended period of time. For me, it is vital to create a space of quality, in which every person involved in the foundation feels prioritised and with whom we can build a path hand in hand, together..”
“As carer of the VT at LKF, the phrase “chose a job you like and you won’t have to work a day in your life” takes on meaning. The deep understanding we have with the young people we care for makes me feel like I’m in the right place.
Taking care of people with disabilities has always been my life’s purpose.”
“I am in charge of maintaining the cleanliness of the Center and the Home, and I am in charge of the kitchen. I am very happy when I see the children happy, enjoying their new home.”
“You know you’re in the right place when a simple smile touches you and fills you with satisfaction. Joining the foundation has been an inflection point in my life, both personally and professionally, because I learn so many things with the children every day and it makes me grow. It is a gift to be a part of this family.“
“Being part of the Foundation for me is something very special. From the first time I entered the center I knew that I wanted to be part of this project. Of course, the facilities are incredible, and as a professional this is highly valued. But the real luxury of working here is the human team, which gives off an energy, enthusiasm and professionalism that is spread. And, of course, the boys and their families who are the ones who give meaning to our work and inspire and teach us so much every day.”
“I feel delighted to have joined Fundación Lukas’ project, and to be able to contribute professionally to improving the quality of life of the Foundation’s users, as part of an interdisciplinary team of committed and warm people. I feel really privileged for becoming part of this team.
From the field of Psychology, my job is to give orientation, counsel and support to the families, as well as intervening directly with the kids who experience difficulties in their psycho-emotional development, disorders in their neurological development or specific pathologies that require psychological intervention.
I also bring to the table my background and experience in Music Therapy, using music and its elements as an alternative communication and expression channel; contributing to facilitate the therapeutic link, the emotional connection and the achievement of therapeutic objectives in the intervention.”
“One of the many moments that I like the most in the house, is when we make trips with bicycles, this is really my vocation, my passion; it is incredible to feel the happiness that they transmit. To work here, for me, is to renew continuously, to look for a thousand ways to make them smile during the day, and another thousand to feel safe and calm during the night. Always doing it from the heart, with love and respect (that’s what makes you grow as a person), and always contributing the best of me.”
“Starting this adventure in the House-Home has been a gift. You see your work bear fruit when you see a smile, receive a hug or a kiss in any given situation. My work is part of a big family and this gives me great personal and professional comfort.”
“What I like the most about my work are the laughter and being together with the children, the feeling that we are a family, the good times and the support we give each other.”
“As coordinator of the Therapy Center, I am responsible for the cooperation between the different members of the Therapists team to cover the global needs of our patients. On the other hand, I am passionate about my work, and as a Physiotherapist, I advise, treat and take care of patients with a general delay in their development, mainly due to movement disorders. Working at the Foundation where facilities and settings are excellent (pool, gardens, treatment room and housing) makes our work excellent.”
“I am a Social Educator, and at the foundation I am responsible for several programs, including the volunteer program.
Continuing my professional career in the Foundation has been a discovery on the one hand, being part of this project allows me to enhance skills, which I have not been able to develop before. And on the other hand, being able to share part of my time with the young people at the home every day is a gift that I know, will always accompany me.”