A father to five wonderful children, Nick Florescu is familiar with the complexity of a child’s needs, understanding that children not only require life’s basic essentials, but also deserve a sense of security, support and companionship. Having personally witnessed the Romanian Revolution in 1989, Nick knew it was an experience that would come to define his cause. Nick reeled at the sight of thousands of starving and neglected children that were abandoned in the wake of national upheaval. Institutions for abandoned children were left dilapidated and poorly equipped. His loyalty to his Romanian roots and his own paternal experience issued a call to arms: an invitation to actively improve the lives of these children. These intersecting elements inspired Nick and the Florescu family to a make a meaningful difference by creating an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering children though a web of resources and emotional care.
The entire Florescu family is passionately devoted to The Florescu Foundation and serves as an integral part of the organization. Each family member insists on maintaining a hands-on operation model and holds an essential position on the board of directors. Radu Florescu Sr., John Florescu, Radu Florescu Jr., and Dominique Sachse Florescu spearhead the primary duties of the board. Together, they oversee the organization’s operations and consistently explore new opportunities to transform children’s lives. The Florescu Foundation, equipped with staff and volunteers, helps lift communities by giving children a healthy start, protecting them from exploitation and providing them with hope for the future.
The Florescu Foundation strives to make lasting change in children’s lives by helping provide nutrition and health, as well as childhood development and education programs. Partnered with key nonprofits and other organization, our combined efforts support programs that uplift children and develop their capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being. Currently, The Florescu Foundation is focused on assisting Santa Macrina in Bucharest, Romania with their growth and expansion. Established in 1997 by local Christian churches, Santa Macrina is a nonprofit facility that provides social services—housing, education, and nourishment–for homeless children and young people.
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Executive Director of Santa Macrina, Father Gabriel affirms that the facility is much more than a children’s shelter: “Here we try to offer each child coming to our gate a real opportunity to change the future. Each life changed is a victorious battle in this war against social injustice. We don’t only address material problems these children are facing; psychological and spiritual sufferings are also to be healed. What we do here is follow Jesus’ commandment: ‘Love thy neighbor.’” Santa Macrina hopes to expand their institution by constructing new quarters that will not only allow them to shelter even more impoverished children, but also broaden the scope of their educational programs. The upper floor is designed as the living quarters and will house approximately 24 children, while the ground will contain classrooms and educational areas. The structure will also include a basement, kitchen, and dining room and are intended to be used as the children’s multifunctional or leisure spaces.