I am free!

After 29 years spent in 3 residential institutions, the last one being the Orhei Institution, Ion Moscalenco left it last weekend. He went to the Shared Living service, developed within the family of Elena and Veaceslav Rusu from Tirsitei village, Telenesti rayon.


Before leaving the institution for good, Ion joined the family for a matching period that lasted three weeks. Ion was very emotional in the morning of the day he had to come to the institution to pick up his papers and say goodbye to the colleagues. On the one hand, he was willing to see his favourite nurse, on the other hand, though, he was overwhelmed by fear not to be left in the institution by his new family. When the nurse asked him where he had gone, he emphasized, with a big smile on his face: „Home!” Colleagues, as well as employees, were looking at Ion questioningly and, at the same time, with admiration of the luck that “had struck” him.

IMAG0053_rev Upon returning home, the new family was waiting for him with delicious dishes. When he sat at the table, Ion rubbed his hands, as though he had finished a very important mission and said: „That is it, I have papers, I am not coming back, I am free.”

Up to now, Keystone Moldova, in partnership with local public authorities, has developed three Shared Living services in the rayons of Ungheni, Basarabeasca and Telenesti, where three adults with intellectual disabilities were placed.

Oxana Costandaki, social assistant, Keystone Moldova

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