Team in Madrid
María Del Palacio
“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.”
Team in Alicante
Solidarity Challenges Coordinator
Coordinator of the Therapies Center
Accounting and administration
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
“As a physiotherapist, my main intention is always that patients enjoy and get involved in the activities we do, both in the living room and in the pool, while we work on the different objectives that we have set ourselves.
In the Foundation, with children and young people the value of fun and participation multiplies. I am lucky to enjoy both the boys and girls of the house, as well as other children who come to therapy. They, together with the family and professional environment, make it very easy for them to work enjoying and, thus, be able to transmit it to them.”
“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.”
“I became involved with the Lukas Foundation home from home Center, after working many years in residential centers and, without a doubt, it is a most outstanding Center. The Lukas Foundation offers integration at all levels and provides its children with a better quality of life. When I arrived I was very impressed by how well the house was adapted down to the last detail. Here, the young people get to make their choices for the day, such as food, activities, leisure trips … which I see essential if we want to achieve a full life. What, by far, makes me love my work, are those six smiles that have sneaked into my heart and are already form part of it …“
“I am in charge of the maintenance of the FLK Centre in Alicante, that is to ensure that everything is in tip top condition: the pool, I take care of all the repairs and breakdowns, the cleaning, the maintenance of the adapted bicycles, etc… But what I enjoy most about the work is sharing time with the boys and girls who go to therapies or who live in the home. There I can see first-hand the fine work of the Foundation is doing.“
“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!”
“Working with the children who come to the Foundation and their families provides me with both a professional and personal growth. These young men and women teach us to fight every day and we have the privilege of being able to accompany them. When they make progress, we all gain.
As a speech therapist, my job is to ensure that they have fun, while simultaneously promoting the development of language and communication, as well as providing them with the opportunity to learn new and different ways of interacting with their environment, because speech therapy is much more than talking.
For me, the best thing about this Temporary Stays project that I am part of is that every weekend a different person has the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful resource, all able to participate in leisure activities promoting inclusion. It is enriching to meet and share the experience with the families of these young people, from which we receive enormous gratitude for seeing their children so happy.”
“As a social worker I am in charge of the processing of grants and benefits, and of the management and relationship with the Consellería de Igualdad y Políticas Inclusivas.
I am also the first point of contact for families requesting information. I advise them on accessing the resources available. The orientation of the families continues as I accompany the young people who are residing in the center.
As head of the Center I monitor the therapists, perform tasks of administration and coordination in the home, supervise tasks and orders, the relationship with families and supervision of the status of young people living in the house. This project is a home for them, as well as being an institution, with highly trained professionals, involved and committed to the Foundation.”
“I like to be part of this project, because it is a based on a very focused vision put together by the people who understand what is needed. The young people with severe disabilities, their families and workers interact each and every day as equals, giving more meaning than ever to the word Hogar (home/hearth), in which there are no distinctions and we are all here to help everyone, offering the best of ourselves to form this great family.”
“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.”
“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.”
“When I entered the Casa-Hogar, the first thing that caught my attention was the family atmosphere that was breathed. Undoubtedly, the network of relationships that have been established both with the boys and with the companions make you grow both personally and professionally. Good times, experiences and laughter are part of our day to day.”
“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.”
“When your work is not merely to obtain the greatest economic benefit, but rather the benefit is destined to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, the work becomes an exciting project that changes the way of thinking prevailing cooperation and human wealth. “
“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.”