The idea of starting halfway houses for social inclusion and recovering drug addiction sprang directly from the initiative taken by a group of marginalised people and from their own personal experience. Some of them, who had also been to prison, formed a self-help group called KRIS – Kriminellas Revansch i Samhället (Criminals Return into Society). In 2003 some of those people opened the two first halfway houses, Villa Vägen ut! Solberg, which caters for men, and one for women, Villa Vägen ut! Karin. The cooperative Vägen ut! kooperativen was then founded to lead a consortium comprising these enterprises. Vägen ut! is now disseminating this concept of halfway houses through the method of social franchising. The cooperatives of the consortium work for the integration of drug addicts and criminal offenders as well as women victims of abuse into the labour market through empowerment processes, accommodation, socialisation, training and work. Just five years after its establishment, the consortium counted ten member cooperatives and the number keeps growing steadily.
More information (in English) here: http://vagenut.coop/in-english
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