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There is a Chance Foundation

Who we are?

We offer help to homeless people and families, but in a different way than usual. Instead of giving out food or providing a place to sleep, we are working to enable homeless people to fight efffectively to better their own lives, and find their way to getting a home of their own. Most aid organizations offer these people the bare minimum for survival, and few if any ways out of being homeless.

Turning fates is our business. We believe that everyone, you as well as any homeless person, has the inner ability to change. Our aim is to use individually tailored help and an injection of funds to enble a final exit from homelessness. We are responding to real needs, and supporting positive human stories so they can soar.

For the past 23 years we have helped over 300 people in this way.

Meet some of the people we’ve supported! Read the story of Ági, Dávid, Renáta and Csaba and Robert and his family!

Who do we help?

Our applicants include street homeless of all ages from elderly to teens, but most of our grantees are aged 20-40 and live in temporary homes with their children. Many are from disadvantaged smalltowns, and many were state orphans. Often their highest schooling is elementary level, and many have no formal training. We often work with fleeing abused mothers. One thing that all have in common is bravery to fight for a home of their own!

What does it take for someone to move on from being homeless?

We offer every applicant help in what they really need for moving on. We might help with studies, learning a trade, getting work tools, any kind of opportunity-creating investment, or processing a traumatized life. Applicants first create their own detailed plan for moving on, then we evaluate their application, and carefully consider whom we can start workiing with.

Our programme participants receive individually tailored support:

There Is A Chance Foundation is small, but effective. It was started 20 years ago as a civil organization, as a grassroots initiative, operating from the dedicated expertise of its working members and supporters’ donations. We are proud to operate independantly from any state subsidies or grant money, based solidly on our community, and aiding the progress of 18-25 homeless people and families every year.

Homeless in Budapest: Limited Nonprofit Support Strives to Address Governmental and Social Indifference / Huffington Post / by Raluca Besliu

There is a way out of homelessness, but it needs you too!

There Is A Chance Foundation is small, but effective. It was started 20 years ago as a civil organization, as a grassroots initiative, operating from the dedicated expertise of its working members and supporters’ donations. We are proud to operate independantly from any state subsidies or grant money, based solidly on our community, and aiding the progress of 18-25 homeless people and families every year.

Whenever a homeless person sees their personal story engaging strangers to stand by them and support them, it is an enormous mobilizing force for that person. Seeing others put faith in them gives back their own sense of self-worth.

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How much does it cost to change someone’s life?

We invest about 500 thousand Forints (1300 Euros) in each individual plan, which covers studies, working tools and equipent, and professional support. Investment brings rapid results: school attendance, regular income, improvement in family relations, self esteem and wellbeing, finding a real home. It is profoundly mobilizing for a homeless person to experience strangers standing with them. When we believe in them, it helps them find faith in themselves!

We are looking for life changers!

We are seeking partners whose donations invest in a homeless person’s future. 500 thousand Forints (1300 Euros) can offer one person an opportunity for change, 5200 Euros helps 4 people move beyond homelessness.

Our participants commit to put in their best effort, and we commit to help and support them alongthe way to reaching their goal. With our partner businesses we can achieve the kind of teamwork that really does change the lives of actual people. The more people we help together, the more society can progress.

You can be the change, by being a life changer!

How can you help us?

You can donate to us by bank transfer:

Van Esély Alapítvány

IBAN: HU50 1620 0106 1164 7597 0000 0000

S.W.I.F.T. BIC: HBWEHUHB

Paypal: vanesely@vanesely.hu

1% of your tax can be a big help for us!

You can donate 1% of your income to us, if you pay your personal income tax in Hungary.

Our Tax number: 18170421-1-42

Official name: Van Esély Alapítvány

How can you help with your tax 1 percent?

If you are taxed in Hungary, you can request in your tax return that 1% of the personal income tax paid in the previous year be used to support the activities of a non-profit organization, without reducing your income. This opportunity is very important for Hungarian NGOs, choose a goal that is important to you and donate 1% of your tax!

Enter your customer portal here!

Thank you for helping the Van Esély Foundation and the progress of homeless people!

How can I send my instructions regarding the 1+1 per cent? You can find out about it here.

The text was translated into English by Dani Dányi, Anna Bentley, Rachel Hideg and Ági Mottern. Thank you very much for your volunteer work and help!