The BAChosting Families programme aims to promote the integration of young migrants living in
one of our BACstations by housing them directly with a family.
When volunteers open up their homes, not only is it possible to meet our students’ basic board and
lodging needs, but it also allows them to create a new family circle and build self-esteem, stability
Hosting lasts six months and is complemented by comprehensive support for the student by
BarcelonActua and regular monitoring throughout the hosting process.
The hosting process consists of:
Barcelona City Council
BarcelonaActua opened the doors of its BACstation Gràcia shelter to celebrate the event “Acollim junts!” (“Let’s host together!”) and present the BACacollida Families programme, which helps ensure that BACstation students and volunteers are able to create bonds by housing them directly with a family.
The report highlighted the yearning felt by some BAC students to benefit from the warmth of a family home, the constant support and accompaniment provided by the Foundation during the hosting process and the testimony of a few BACacollida families and their students.
The challenges associated with finding host families due to the increased cost of living and the surge in prices are greater than ever, a problem that has coincided with the growing number of children in children’s centres.
RTVE interviewed Victòria, who is hosting for the third time, and Adam, a student who found himself on the streets when he came of age and is now enjoying the warmth of a home once again.
Victòria: “I have two spare rooms and there are people who need them.”
The BACacollida family programme offers students a life-changing opportunity to live with a family for six months.
Watch the report from minute 10:18.
The challenges associated with finding host families due to the increased cost of living and the surge in prices are greater than ever, a problem that has coincided with the growing number of children in children’s centres. RTVE interviewed Victòria
“Thanks to the family that hosted me, I was born again”, is just one of the phrases that attendees at the event were able to hear.
The event benefited from the participation of Ousman Umar (founder and president of NASCO Feeding Minds and CEO of NASCO Tech), Nadia Ghulam (human rights activist, writer and Afghan refugee) and Pep Planas (theatre and TV actor and mentor for a boy supported by the Foundation), who contributed with firsthand accounts of life with their host families. It was moderated by Khaoula Belbachir, head of the programme, and Laia Serrano Biosca Serrano, founder and director.
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