The History of RODINA Association
In 1921 Mr. Adam Strapoň founded an association called RODINA (Family) in Čeklís – a village in southwestern Slovakia, today called Bernolákovo. He bought land and built an orphanage with the aim to provide a safe place for orphans, who were in abundance in the region after World War I. He later added a home to care for the elderly. His Christian conviction of love for one’s neighbor led him to this ministry. He was able to do it with the help of many Christians (Baptists) from Bernolákovo, the whole of Czechoslovakia, and abroad.
With the advent of Communism after World War II, the ministry was stopped, and the property was nationalized. In the 1990’s, most of the property was given back, and today it is owned by the Slovak Baptist Union.
There has been an Initiative in the church since 2017 which seeks to build on the legacy of Adam Strapoň, the aim being to build a complex with several functions on a plot of land in the center of Bernolákovo.
We believe that as Christians, we are called to show mercy for our neighbors – especially for those who are sick, lonely, and in need of 24/7 care.
Therefore, we would like to build assisted living homes for seniors. We would provide social services for seniors – accommodation, meals, social counseling, social rehabilitation, and other areas of assistance. We plan to build two homes with a capacity of 40 clients each.
The project costs are estimated to be € 6.5 million, 5.4 million of which we would receive from a state mortgage program. We need to raise another € 900,000 from our partners and donors. If you would like to donate, you may support us here.
In the next phase we want to build rental houses for self-sustaining seniors and the assisted living home employees, a health care center and a kindergarten.
Board of Directors
Beata Dobová is a social worker by training and has been professionaly engaged in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently a director of the assisted living home. She lives in Bratislava.
Vladimír Ira is a geographer. In the past, he worked as a researcher and university teacher at several institutions at home and abroad. He is currently a researcher at the Slovak Academy of Science. He lives with his wife in Bratislava, where he is a member of the Bratislava Palisády Baptist Church.
Miroslav Káčer was a member of the municipal council for 17 years. He is a member of Baptist Union Bernolákovo Property Management Committee, and attends the Bernolákovo Baptist Church.
Ivan Paulen is a surveyor and cartographer, as well as a businessman. He lives with his wife and three children in Bratislava, where he is a member of the Bratislava Palisády Baptist Church.
Benjamin Uhrin is a theologian and pastor. Since 2018 he has served as the chairman of the Slovak Baptist Union. He lives with his wife and five children in Banská Bystrica.
Lea Miklošová has a degree in management and theology. In the past, she worked in various positions in non-profit and commercial sectors. She is currently an economist with the Slovak Baptist Union and lives with her family in Miloslavov.
Jana Šebo graduated from the Department of Accounting and Auditing at the University of Economics. She has held several positions as an accountant and economist. With her husband and son, she attends Viera Baptist Church in Bratislava.
The RODINA Facility was registered at the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic on November 24, 2020 as an independent legal entity deriving its legal status from the Slovak Baptist Union.
Identification No.: 53465156
Address: ÚZC RODINA, Súľovská 2, 821 05 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Contact: +421 903 311 822, email@example.com
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