Social business responsibility is one of the pillars of Dom Development S.A. activities.
We maintain the highest quality for all our new projects. This fact is appreciated by our customers, and contributes to Dom Development’s position as a leading Polish development company. While growing our business, however, we keep carefule regard for those those who need our assistance. We want to not only complete further projects, but also contribute to helping with social issues.To this end, we are involved in numerous accharitable activities – we help schools, animal shelters and public benefit foundations.
So far, we have supported a homeless animal shelter at the Warsaw Paluch estate, the Centaurus Foundation, the ‘Noble Package’ action, the ‘Hug a Dog’ foundation and the ‘First Step into Adulthood’ action targeted at orphans. To gain a wider view of our activities, visit the ‘Our Actions’ tab.
Polish Guild of Gutenberg KnightsMore
The Polish Guild of Gutenberg Knights has been active in Poland since 1996. It is an association which carries out its statute-enshrined objectives by popularizing Polish language and culture, promoting reading and education among children and young people, developing and protecting printed works, and propagating the idea of a fair and fraternal Europe. The Polish Guild of Gutenberg Knights is a wholly independent organization that unites eminent people from the fields of education, culture, business, science, religion and politics.
Based on its statutory provisions, the Polish Guild of Gutenberg Knights is currently the originator and organizer of the following projects:
- The ‘Polish Language Ball’ charity event
- The ‘Bibliomania’ Book Festival
- ‘Internet Users Parade’
- Charity performances at the Warsaw Grand Theater
- Charity performances at the National Philharmonic on Children's Day
- The Polish Artisan Guilds Convention
- Warsaw Christmas Eve Meetings (organized in cooperation with Warsaw municipal authorities)
- Family Picnic (organized in cooperation with Warsaw municipal authorities)
The Polish Guild of Gutenberg Knights has since its inception assisted libraries with in-kind gifts in the form of books.
To care for Poles living in Eastern European countries and beyond, the Guild has extended its activities to cooperation with foreign establishments. The Guild supplies books to the Polish Educational Society in Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine.
The activities of the Guild are possible because of the generosity of its sponsors The sponsors are the principal reason behind PGGK's ability to achieve its statutory objectives, bringing joy to children that benefit from the initiatives. One of our regular sponsors is Dom Development, a company that has generously supported projects carried out by the Guild. Thanks to Dom Development, children can participate in charity performances staged at the Grand Theater or National Philharmonic.
We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the company.
The Paluch Animal ShelterMore
Wanda Dejnarowicz has been managing the Paluch animal shelter for five years.
Under her direction, the shelter was transformed from a run-down location into a modern establishment that can boast splendid results when it comes to finding new homes for its four-footed wards. Mrs. Dejnarowicz tells us about her work, the needs of the shelter and the assistance she has received from Dom Development.
How did you come upon the idea to ask Dom Development for support?
Actually, we didn’t have to ask. The company came forward on its own and suggested donating to us. Of course, I had to explain what expenditures would be made. We wanted to use the donation for something enduring and visible. For example, animal food is a budget contribution, so we should get that from the city instead.
So what did you use the donated amount for?
At that time, the shelter was being modernized and we were short of funds to carry out all our plans. The amount donated by Dom Development really came at the perfect moment. My decision was to enclose our drainage ditches, secure the stalls to avoid animals biting each other, and install an additional fencing span. This cost the majority of the amount we received. The remainder was used to provide medicinal and veterinarian treatments that needed to be performed offsite. We could not perform them at the shelter, as in 2006 it was more like a huge construction site. In that year, we had almost 500 animals under our care, more than in the previous year, and so the number of required treatments was proportionately higher.
Has the modernization been completed?
Yes, although there are still minor details that are regularly being fixed under statutory warranty. However, even though the shelter has been modernized, we are still facing the perennial challenge of insufficient space. It needs to be said that the ground on which the shelter is located is owned by the Capital City of Warsaw. It has a size of one hectare, suitable for holding 700 animals, while we now have 2,140 dogs under our care. As you can see from this, the site is crowded. Luckily, thanks to the kindness of nearby airports who have permitted us to use 3 hectares of their land, the animals do have some breathing room. We moved the oldest stalls there. Unfortunately, however, only 700 animals can live in the modernized section – all buildings at the shelter are adapted to handle no more than that figure. One of our fundamental rules is that we do not euthanize animals. We are fortunate to have an eighty percent adoption rate and that has been saving our skins, so to speak. As I have already mentioned, it's not so much about lacking food, because money for food can always be found somehow. The biggest challenge is ensuring a safe place for each animal and being able to provide medical treatments.
Each year, about 5,000 animals end up with us, a very large figure. Every animal we admit needs a lot of work: it must be vaccinated, chipped, given preventive care and usually medically treated. We socialize dogs and call each of them by name. Often, we need to work together with the police, for example when a dog is readmitted.
The shelter has a staff of almost 50. We are also assisted by volunteers whose role is mostly to walk the dogs. This is a challenging job, both physically and mentally. Not everyone is suited to it, but those who work here must respect and love animals. With such an attitude, shelter work can be extremely satisfying. This is especially the case when we admit a dog that is very sick but ends up fully healed before being adopted.
The adoption rate is indeed impressive. How do you manage to achieve that?
As I have already said, this is the result of work of many, many people. We derive additional satisfaction from the fact that even dogs over ten years old are getting adopted. We are, however, focusing on quality, because proper adoption ensures that the animal will not return to us.
Whenever possible, we try to make background checks and verify who is adopting our animals. We must not expose them to hurt, but unfortunately people's motivations vary. It must be remembered that adopting a pet means a duty that may last as much as a dozen or more years. It's not just as simple as walking in and taking an animal away. Each prospective adopter must sign an agreement with us.
Are donors such as private persons, companies and institutions eager to provide assistance?
We are a budget unit of the Capital City of Warsaw and receive funds from the city budget. Of course, there are always some needs that we cannot foresee. In such cases, we go out and look for institutions that can help. There are also many people, usually wishing to remain anonymous, who donate cash to our bank account, and we also earn funds from adoptions. Everyone who wants to adopt a pet has to pay a contribution to the shelter. These contributions are minor but total about PLN 200,000 each year. Some of our most valuable visitors include pensioners who, despite their meager income, regularly pay a monthly contribution of 10 PLN. It must be remembered that, apart from the financial cost, this is quite an effort for them: they need to visit the post office, fill out the transfer form, wait in the queue etc. There are some very touching stories too, for example there was a lady who had lost her dog. She had been looking for him for two weeks and when she finally found him, she handed over all her salary to us, even though she likely had nothing to live on. When we refused to take the money, she said that recovering her pet was more important than anything else. And this was as plain as day when they saw each other, you could see it. Of course large donations such as those offered by Dom Development are another matter entirely: they allow us to conduct specific actions and plan larger undertakings.
What are the most pressing needs of the shelter right now?
The most important thing is space. We are going to try to extend our agreement with the airports. Money is also important because we need to put stalls into unused spaces. But, first and foremost, we want people to start thinking and become responsible, because only responsible behavior can reduce the number of pets ending up here. This is our greatest dream. The fewer animals we admit, the more we can make life comfortable for those that are already here.
And this is exactly my wish for you and your shelter. Thank you for the interview.
The “Hug a Dog” Animal Care FoundationMore
The ‘Hug a Dog’ Animal Care Foundation sincerely thanks employees of the Dom Development company for support given to homeless animals living at the Homeless Animal Shelter in Żyrardów at Czysta 3. The shelter houses about 100 dogs and several cats. Like all similar institutions, it is challenged by financial problems and an insufficient adoption rate leading to crowded conditions.
The ‘Hug a Dog’ Animal Care Foundation saves animals by taking homeless pets under its wing and offering them treatment, food, vaccination, and a place to stay and wait for a new home. Another aspect of our activities is supporting impoverished shelters from around Warsaw. These include the shelters at Boguszyce Małe, Pomiechówek (run by Mrs. Antonina Jaworska), Żyrardów, and the private pet asylum of Mrs. Ewa Biedrzycka. A number of others are still waiting in line. We also link up with the Warsaw Paluch shelter, but because of their relatively good financial condition our assistance focuses on supporting adoptions and socializing dogs
A Noble Parcel from Dom DevelopmentMore
Christmas is a time of gifts, joy, reflection and charity.
For us at Dom Development, it is a special occasion to bring joy to those who need it most. It is an immense pleasure to us that Dom Development employees have become involved in such a lofty initiative as Noble Parcel. Thanks to the involvement of many of you Christmas assistance has been offered to two families in need: highly disadvantaged siblings afflicted with multiple health conditions and a married couple with three children. We collected for them a large number of foodstuffs, cleaning supplies and small gifts.
The assistance we extended to them made their Christmas more joyful and helped them to expect a brighter future and increase trust in others.
The recipients also sent us presents, lovely figurines made by their children, for which we wish to thank them heartily.
Dom Development will undoubtedly find more occasions to help those in need in a similar manner to this splendid initiative.
“Hearts for heart”More
‘Hearts for heart’ is a charity concert whose benefits went to finance the heart surgery of two-year old Julka. We happily supported this awesome initiative. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who participated and we wish Julka a speedy recovery
Interview with Tomasz PolkowskiMore
Off on a good foot
Dom Development S.A. decided to participate in an orphan self-reliance support scheme organized by the Towarzystwo Nasz Dom association. This June, the first group of wards will move into an apartment sold to the association by Dom Development. We talk to the association's president, Mr. Tomasz Polkowski, about the scheme and current relationship with Dom Development
What are the objectives of Towarzystwo Nasz Dom?
Towarzystwo Nasz Dom is an important Polish non-governmental organization that helps children growing up in orphanages. We provide support for children who do not live with their parents anymore for various reasons. Some of them live with foster families and this is the solution we focus on. Others, however, are still residing in orphanages, and for these, the small ‘homes for children’ we run can serve as an example of reformed modernised, more intimate institutional care. In these cases, children live in typical houses, in groups of up to 14, leading a regular life that involves shopping, cooking, cleaning and similar duties. They are of course, monitored by tutors, but there are no administrative or social workers involved. Our main objective is, however, preventing the separation of children and parents. We apply our own methodology for working with families with a view to their reintegration. If, however, this is not possible for various reasons, we look for a foster family to take over the children. For those teenagers that have no chance of finding one, we try to train them to become as self-reliant as possible. We know that in regular orphanages the quality of such training can vary.
What is the difference here?
Large orphanages deal poorly with training their wards, because children live in sizable groups, have their food handed to them on a plate, they do not have to shop and are rarely required to do their own laundry. They become institutionalized as theythey have no real role models to show them care or teach them about proper relationships. It often happens that wards are later unable to maintain relationship or care for children themselves. We try to counter that. For us, the most important objective is their emotional development, followed by self-reliance training. Eventually they will have to strike out on their own, without the help of significant others.
In normal families, self-reliant children can always count on a hot meal or a little intimacy. It is therefore important to us that our wards, who have had no such experiences, are able to build stable relationships and conquer even the most difficult challenges. This is why the transitional stage, from leaving the orphanage or home for children to full self-reliance, is so essential.
And that was the idea behind the ‘Our Future’ project?
Yes. A few years ago we came up with an idea of apartments for wards who are leaving orphanages. After all, some of them have considerable ambitions and want to continue their education or find a job, but are not always able to realize their wishes because they lack their own home. We decided that this was the most important thing – to not let these ambitions be quashed at the onset. The ‘Our future project is supposed to protect them against becoming homeless and demoralized, or returning to the destructive environment they had been plucked from. Unfortunately, orphanage wards often have no place to stay.
How did the cooperation with Dom Development come about?
Everyone knows that apartments are very expensive, so it took some time before the idea could be put into motion. One day Dom Development came to us with a proposition.They are a very effective and resourceful company that wanted to donate some apartments. We took the bull by the horns and succeeded. We submitted to them various ideas, proposals and solutions and together we came up with the scheme we are implementing how. I realize that selling an apartment to us was not an easy decision. Therefore, we will attempt to prove (together with our wards who are to reside there) that we are indeed a valuable partner for further investments or cooperation.
How are you going to select those who will move into the apartment sold by Dom Development?
We propose to hold a competition to select the residents. The competition will also be a trial for their caretakers, a true test of the self-reliance training they give their pupils. Those interested are required to show us a plan. They should know what they want to achieve, what means they expect to use and why they need to live in Warsaw. Those who have no plans for their life will not be accepted. Residents must also agree to some simple dos and don'ts – but this doesn’t mean they have to live like monks. Everyone wants to have fun, but some ground rules must be obeyed. Of course, it is essential that applicants should study or work (ideally both). Residents will be expected to contribute to apartment maintenance costs. It is not our intention to spend our money on them – rather, we want them to realize how much rent they have to pay, how high the service charges are etc. All applications will be reviewed by 19 May, and a meeting with the applicants will follow. Then, based on these interviews, we will make our decision. We want to select no more than four people of the same sex, and based on the applications submitted so far these will probably be girls.
Will the wards stay on the premises for as long as they wish?
No, our plan is that they will reside in the apartment until their situation becomes fully stable. Of course, in the meantime they will be discreetly supervised. On our side, care will be provided by Sylwia Borowiec, playing the part of a ‘friend of the house’ or an aunt that pays infrequent visits, gives advice and can help solve potential conflicts. Residents should not feel controlled, but rather supported.
What happens if someone stops abiding by the rules?
If someone ‘lets it go’ and stops studying, gives up their job and shows no will to change, they will unfortunately have to leave.
When will the residents move in?
We received the apartment in March. Right now it is being adapted for the needs of the new residents: flooring replaced, new lighting, blinds etc. AT the moment we are selecting the kitchen layout. There will be no deluxe amenities; it is just a place to stay in. The residents may have to sleep on mattresses initially, and it is up to them to enhance their living standards. We can offer them only as much as young people on the verge of adulthood can typically afford. I believe that the persons we select will move into the apartment in early June.
What other forms of self-reliance support are offered by the association?
Right now we have a scholarship program which can also be used to train self-reliance: we assist in financing various courses, training sessions or adult schools. So far, we have not had any investments that have gone completely amiss. Of course, we realize that various things may happen because the people we care for have had a very rough life and their self-confidence is low. And this is just one more reason why we should help them.
Thank you for the interview.
The Centaurus FoundationMore
The Centaurus Foundation wants to thank Dom Development for support in rescuing and giving a new lease of life to two stallions from the Klenica locality.
The animals, kept in appalling conditions and undernourished, would have stood no chance had it not been for your help – many thanks for saving their life.
The Centaurus Foundation was registered in May 2006 in Wrocław and immediately awarded the Public Benefit Organization status in recognition of the merits of its founders.
We act as a nationwide non-commercial foundation.
Members of the foundation include people from many areas – we are an organization that transcends divisions. We do not unite any specific group of people – those who joined us were brought together by their willingness to act, their love of animals and intention to help children, as well as fondness for various forms of art.
Our overall performance has been recognized by the Golden Leaf statuette and the Homini Bono 2008 title by Radio Zachód.
We are the authors and sponsors of the Hippotherapy 2008 project; thanks to the assistance and generosity of donors we were able to support several social organizations providing active rehabilitation to children and the disabled.
Our logistics department is located in Poznań Our activities include not only hippotherapy but also rejection therapy (children from orphanages should have an opportunity to socialize with animals) and social rehabilitation for correction facility inmates (contact with and caring for animals teaches respect) Considering the numerous applications from the region, we need a place near Poznań in which to conduct our activities, and we have been seeking one for more than a year. We look for premises that can be adapted for stables and rooms in which massage for children (complementing hippotherapy) can be performed, community centers, and roofed premises to hold classes.