Father Kuba's work is built around a network of communities, a one-to-one connection between volunteers and people with disabilities; the construction of a familylike support structure; and the settlements, which provide a homelike environment.
In Father Kuba's communities, parents, people with disabilities, and volunteers are in charge of organizing meetings, conferences, common gatherings, and trips. Volunteers are matched with the disabled, and they identify and work to meet individual needs. The communities meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas and plans and to organize common activities. They are also responsible for promoting this idea through media, open meetings, and concerts. Father Kuba and his closest coworkers developed the document called "The Word of Intention" that describes the rules and principles for communities in two basic dimensions: material and spiritual. According to this document, every person interested in getting involved in this effort needs to acknowledge the importance of promoting an inclusive, volunteer-supported, sustainable, and needs-based community. Leadership of the network of communities is carried out by the "Capitola of Communities," which is made up of elected representatives from each community.
What makes the communities and the network unique is the year-round relationship between the disabled and the volunteers. Unlike other organizations, where volunteers are gathered for particular events or summer camps, every Grey Bear (volunteer) cares and looks after one Grey Bear Cub (person with disabilities) throughout the year. The two enjoy their friendship through everyday activities, as well as during Christmas and other celebrations. The summer camp is a big celebration where they all get together to strengthen what is being built throughout the year. The relationship between the disabled and volunteers typically lasts for years.
Father Kuba stresses that communities are about sharing responsibility and fundamental values–the functions of a family. Thus, every member of a community has responsibilities. Every disabled person, along with his or her volunteer, prepares a plan of work and lists skills to be acquired throughout the year. Father Kuba's program is about everyone learning to work for the benefit of all.
In order to reinforce the feeling of community, Father Kuba has created settlements–home-like gathering places–where disabled and volunteers can come together and feel at home. Throughout the year the settlements host summer camps (twice a year, with more than 300 participants each), a general assembly for the parents' councils, and board meetings. These places are created also for parents, who often feel lonely and depressed and struggle with how to express their emotions about their disabled children. The settlement is a place for parents to rest and share worries with other parents who undergo the same struggle.
In order to ensure the future success of his work, Father Kuba created a system for financial sustainability that focuses on the slow but stable growth of each community. Every community has its own "quartermaster" who is responsible for raising funds and gathering material resources for community activities. Quartermasters also raise money to go toward the maintenance costs of the settlements, summer camps, and planning and board meetings. Further, quartermasters gather a group of helpers who share in the responsibility of creating their own methods of income generation. Successors to quartermasters are constantly being trained. Some of the volunteers later become staff at the settlements or with the communities.
To date, the communities have embraced more than 400 disabled and 400 volunteers. Every year more than 300 people participate in the summer camps and various activities organized by the communities. Father Kuba is effectively using media to promote the program and attract potential community members–both the disabled and volunteers. He is cooperating with several organizations abroad and exchanging ideas on work with the disabled at locations around the world.