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DOMKO in Košice celebrates 45 years

The Košice Home of Social Services, DOMKO, celebrated its 45th anniversary with a festive celebration on June 9 in the Estrada Hall of the Jumbo Cultural Centre.

(Source: TASR)

The Košice Home of Social Services, DOMKO, celebrated its 45th anniversary with a festive celebration on June 9 in the Estrada Hall of the Jumbo Cultural Centre.

“DOMKO offers daily walk-in care for 60 clients who are challenged individuals dependent on the help of others,” Košice Region’s spokesperson Zuzana Bobríková told the SITA newswire. “DOMKO means home and it remains a symbol in Košice. Our traditional local theatre group here is comprised entirely of our clients.”

DOMKO was originally founded as a social care facility on Svätoplukova Street for 20 cognitively-challenged children and youths between 3 and 26 years old. In 1988, it moved to Kmeťova Street and in 1991 to its current facility in Park mládeže. Another branch opened on Kmeťova Street 30.

“We offer social counselling, social rehabilitation, nursing, food, work therapy and hobbies, as well as educational activities,” the head of the facility, Martin Vatra, told SITA. Along with theatre performances, DOMKO clients traditionally take part in photographic and artistic competitions – they cook, dance, make photos, create artworks and participate in sports. They also publish their own magazine, Kľúčik. After the complex in Park mládeže is reconstructed it will expand its services to include weekly stays for clients to allow caregivers the opportunity to deal with emergencies and in some cases to simply to give them a respite from the demanding routine of caring for mentally disabled children.

The celebration was well attended by clients as well as guests. Likáš Adamec and the SIEMPRE band were special guests.

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