In 2011, the Atlant association, which provides work and housing for mentally disabled people, contacted the mental health charity Fokus Praha to take over a laundry business which was no longer profitable. Fokus took over and renovated the premises, installed new equipment, and created a team comprising some of the existing employees along with some new members.
The business now employs 14 people, of whom 11 have a mental handicap and two a physical handicap. It carries out washing, pressing, ironing and minor mending, catering both to the neighbourhood and also to customers further afield through a collection and delivery service.
Trading income is €52,000 a year, which covers 47% of costs, with the balance being made up by €56,000 a year in support from the Job Centre.