The CAWs arose in the late 1990s from a merger of small-scale non-profit organizations that were active in general welfare work. Mieke Vogels, then Minister of Welfare, was at the origin of this merger. It was her intention to form larger organizations in which a diverse range of assistance and services can be offered from a joint organization and policy plan. Ultimately, 26 CAWs were created in Flanders and Brussels. Under the rule of Minister Jo Vandeurzen, another round of mergers took place in 2014, which resulted in the 11 CAWs that exist today.
The Center for General Welfare (CAW) helps people with all their questions and problems related to well-being. A difficult relationship. Personal difficulties. Financial, administrative, legal or material problems. Problems in your family, relatives or your wider social environment… We also offer help to victims and perpetrators of violence, abuse and those involved in traffic accidents and crimes.
We give support to those who are having a hard time so that they can continue on their own. We offer peace to those who have lost it. We strengthen people’s capabilities and assist them in making the most of their basic rights. We fight any form of exclusion and stand up for a dignified life for everyone. We go for equal opportunities and a harmonious society.