of military servicemen that have discovered a new direction in civil
society with the support of the Resettlement Centers
leaving the regime of the Bulgarian Army, I began work in a
construction company. However, neither the performed activities nor
my remuneration were satisfactory. For a long time I tried to find a
job from newspaper advertisements unsuccessfully, until I
accidentally came across the Resettlement Center (RC) in Sofia at
Resource Center Foundation. There, I was accepted with affability
and after consulting with the team I was offered a job position in
the private firm “Printa Luks”.
I went to an interview after which I was given the position.
I am content with my work position and the remuneration as well as
with the personal relations with my employer.
I would like to express my enormous gratitude to the entire center team, which helped me during a difficult time period.
name is Lazar Pepechkov. I
graduated from Higher Military School (HMS) "V. Levski",
Veliko Tarnovo with specialty in “EII Engineering ". I am an
officer from the reserve with twenty-six years of experience in the
Bulgarian Army. In 2000 I was enrolled in the procedure of
notification of dismissal.
met the Chief Regional Coordinator of the Resettlement Center in
Plovdiv during the organizing of a group for re-qualification course
in the branch of the University of Veliko Tarnovo in Plovdiv. There
I successfully completed a course in
“Management of a small firm”.
first encounter with the RC’s Professional Orientation Coordinator
was during the abovementioned training. There were two available
work positions in RC at The Paper and Cellulose Factory
“Tzelhart” – Stamboliiski. One-day later I was called by the
RC to be informed that I qualify for the requirements for the
announced position. That is how I met the Social Adaptation
Coordinator as well. I
had a psychological profile created for me. Work that I had
performed in the army concurred to a great extend with the
requirements of the performance record for the position of a
“Logistics Supervisor”. That
could have been the main reason for which I was preferred over other
colleagues. I prepared all necessary documentation with the
Professional Orientation Coordinator and left for city of
Stamboliiski along with three other colleagues.
We were of course nervous about the fact that we had to
personally emphasize our skills and qualifications, however we also
needed the job.
January I have been working at “Tzelhard” AC and I am content
with my job. By the virtue of the support of the Resettlement Center
in Plovdiv, I managed to override my leaving a system, in which I
had been for 26 years, with less difficulty.
My name is Kondio Petrov Kondev and I am a former military serviceman – currently retired. I may state that I am one of those who managed to adapt to the civil society and begin work.
would say that the Resettlement Center in Sliven at Resource Center
Foundation assisted me in this respect to a great extend. I also
dare to state that due to my established relations as an active
officer, I was aware of these types of activities and the creation
of such center long ago.
so the time when I had to use the support of those working
specialists in the center came.
first, during the first meeting I approached the specialists with
much skepticism. However, during the following meetings with the
Administrator and Professional Orientation Coordinator, this
skepticism of mine vanished. I felt their concern with helping me in
finding a job and with an open heart I may say that they did all
that with much pleasure. While talking to them I was convinced that
they are specialists dedicated to their work. When trying to apply
for a job in the firm hiring security guards, it turned out that I
was to fill out a psychological test. And thus off to RC again. This
time I needed psycho-sociological help, which I received from the
Social Adaptation Coordinator. I am infinitely thankful to that
person for having managed to make me believe that I can manage
successfully before the employer. After all this, I may state that
whoever seeks the support of RC in Sliven, will receive useful,
competent, efficient and professional help.
Apparently the Chief Regional Coordinator of this center has skillfully selected the people to work with and has managed to create a team in the exact meaning of phrase. I advise all my future “faith colleagues” to visit the RC in Sliven and I am absolutely assured that they will receive that which they seek – professional support.
I had the opportunity to take
participation into the forth seminar under the project:
“Psychosocial adaptation of redundant military servicemen into the
civil society” with the collaboration of the Chief Regional Coordinator of Veliko
Turnovo Resettlement Center. It was held on 16-18. 06.2000 in Varna.
At that time we had the opportunity to discuss about the coming
establishment of the Resettlement Center in Veliko Turnovo and the
tasks that have to be solved. Now, one year later, I may state that
I know the Resettlement Center team because of my frequent visits
there and in my opinion the team works more than successfully. I am
strongly convinced that the Resettlement Center as an institution
justifies its establishment and successfully solves the problems
concerning the social adaptation and economic integration of
redundant military servicemen into the civil society. I work with
the Resettlement Center team from its establishment. My visits’
aim was not necessary for professional orientation for I had started
work already, but rather for receiving more information about the
reform in the army, because that is where I spent one of the best
years in my life. I
have registered officially in the Resettlement Center on 16.03.2001
and I was very happy because I was their 100 member. A month later,
I had the opportunity to take participation in course on “
Entrepreneurship and small company management”, financed by Hans
Zeidel Foundation. The themes were well selected and with practical
purpose. After finishing the course, most of the participants
decided to establish an own club where to generate ideas for
business projects and jointly to implement them.
I still have not started-up an own
business, but the information that I gained there helped me
successfully to manage my work team at present.
I recommend to all my friends who
still have not visited the Resettlement Center to
wish good luck to the team in its noble activity!
Georgi Chervenakov – Herbs Producer
In the year 2000 Mr. Chervenakov was made redundant
and registered in the Resettlement Center in Veliko Turnovo
(Registration No 28/2000). Mr. Chervenakov had an own business idea,
but with the support of the Resource Center Foundation team it was concretized and developed.
Mr.Chervenakov needed in-depth knowledge in the field
of business planning. The RC’s team offered him an opportunity to
participate in “Start-up an own business” course, organized by
the RC and “Fael” Foundation. The course helped Mr.Chervenakov
to develop a business plan for lavender cultivation. The
requirements of SAPARD Program and State Fund “Agriculture”
deepened the relations with the Resettlement Center. The business
plan of Mr.Chervenakov was improved and submitted under SAPARD
Program. The Resettlement Center Team actively worked with Mr.
Chervenakov for establishing numerous business relations in the
country and abroad. In April 2000, the business project of Mr.
Chervenakov was approved by SAPARD Program. The investment value was
14 000 euro and according to the program conditions 50 % of it had
to be reimbursed. Additionally the RC’s team supported Mr.
Chervenakov to get loan from SG Expressbank to the value of 1 250
our common work we have decided to establish a branch organization
of the herbs producers in the region of Veliko Turnovo. Jointly with
the District Service for Agricultural Advices we organized the
constituent assembly as Mr. Chervenakov was elected for Chairman of
the organization. The RC’s Legal Consultant prepared the whole
documentation and the NGO was registered in Veliko Turnovo District
present Mr.Chervenakov plans to start the cultivation of another
sorts of herbs.
Marin Stefanov – Security Company
Marin Stefanov was made redundant from the Bulgarian Army in the end
of 1999 and registered in Veliko Turnovo Resettlement Center in
April 2001 (Registration No 126/ 19.04.2001). He is a partner in a
security company. After the company registration in 2001, it has not
carried out any activity, because of difficulties to find clients.
In 2002 the State Consultative Center in Veliko Turnovo announced an
auction for security of the center. Mr. Stefanov appealed then for
support from the RC. The Resource Center Foundation team assisted
him in preparing the tender documentation and the company was
selected by the commission. The good company presenting and the
collaboration with the RC were approved and the company signed a
one-year contract with the State Consultative Center. Mr. Stefanov
hired former military servicemen as security guards after
preliminary selection, done by the Social Adaptation Coordinator at
the company is expanding its activities by organizing
re-qualification courses for security guards, jointly with the
University of Veliko Turnovo “St.Cyril and St.Methodius”.
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