SOAR’s Transitional Center is the first of its kind in Gyumri – a residential setting for older teenage girls who have outgrown the traditional orphanage but who are not yet ready for independent living.  At our new Center, these young women go to college; cultivate a business; are enriched by our academic programs; appreciate volunteerism; learn essential life skills, including home and money management; build self-nurturance and self-confidence; and prepare themselves for emotional, fiscal, and professional independence.

Meet Our Girls

Liana U.
Astghik M.
Tehmine A.
Shoghik P.

July 2021

Demolition of the barn at the SOAR Transitional Center
Demolition of the barn at the SOAR Transitional Center

June 2021

Completion of work on the basement at the Transitional Center, and new furniture!

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart…
 Handing of gratitude letters to our volunteers who helped us in organization and implementation of June 1st Community event that took place at the SOAR Transitional center.
Volunteers were awarded with incentive gifts (books) as well.
Thank you to volunteers at the SOAR Transitional Center

June 1st Celebration!

May 2021

The girls at the Transitional Center receive their certificates for their computer courses!

Computer class certificates for the Transitional Center girls!

Thanks to the New Jersey Juniors, the garden at the Transitional Center has been renovated!

March 2021

Beginning of renovations of the SOAR Transitional Center basement, funded by the Norman K. Miller Charitable Fund and the Gulamerian Fund

Beginning of renovations at the SOAR Transitional Center

February 2021

Transitional Center girls have meeting with psychologist

A Gulamerian Fund project, the Tranitional Center girls meet with a psychologist to discuss all the current situations that can cause stress. This meeting they discussed the Artsakh war and everything related to it.

The girls at the center had a trip to Cafesjian Center for the Arts followed by dinner!
Inspired by the vision of its founder, Gerard L. Cafesjian, the museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions, derived from the Gerard L. Cafesjian collection of contemporary art.

Trip to Cafesjian Center for the Arts!

December 2020

Sewing classes at SOAR Transitional Center

Professional sewing classes needed for the Transitional Center business venture…

The 1-year celebration of the opening of the SOAR Transitional Center!

1-year celebration of SOAR Transitional Center opening

November 2020

Taking into account the great involvement of the social sphere in the current conditions and modern trends, SOAR Transitional Center emphasizes the mastery of girls’ computer skills. In cooperation with the #KAZA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation, the center has organized computer courses for it’s students. Together with the lecture Armenak Margaryan, the girls have the opportunity to get systematic knowledge about the Microsoft office suite, computer tools and media literacy. Knowledge is a force with which you can defend yourself….

October 2020

The HERA France Association awarded the SOAR Transitional Center a grant to purchase equipment for their new business venture!

The girls at the Transitional Center are helping with Artsakh relief however they can. From distributing hygiene supplies, to making camouflage nets, they are an inspiration to us all!

August 2020

Astghik and Liana  assisted the sisters of Our lady of Armenia Center with the 3rd round of food distributions to the OLA families

July 2020

Birthday celebration for Tehmine at the SOAR Transitional Center

A birthday celebration for Tehmine!

A meeting with all the girls…including a new resident, Tehmine Aslanyan!

All the TC girls!

June 2020

Bikes for the girls from SOAR Zurich!

April 2020

Celebrating Ani's birthday!

Celebrating Ani’s birthday!

The girls take time to work in their garden, and take virtual classes during the Covid19 shelter in place

January 2020

SOAR Transitional Center Garden

The Gulamerian Fund is the major contributor to the SOAR Transitional Center.

The girls there believe the environment is the driving force for creating beauty! Along with the spring in the SOAR Transitional center, they have started gardening activities: cleaning the dried leaves, cutting branches! Keeping their home clean and tidy, they are creating a pleasant area full of interesting and useful ideas…

Grand Opening, December 2019

Transitional Center opening ceremony