Friday, October 30, 2015

Friar Henryk Cisowski, Krakow - Work among the homeless



The social economic context: in Poland there 31 million people without shelter
1/3 of these live on the street, 25% of the are women and children
In Carcovia there are 2200 people are without shelter
All the social works begin from the Parlour of the Convent
In 1999 and 2004 the friars created some camps in the garden of the convent with bathrooms and toilets....the aim of the friars was to be close to these people...to listen to the people...to accompany these unfortunate people in their search for meaning of life...
The centers become points of consultations and psychological and psychiatric help is being given by the friars to the people who are poor.....the people who come to this center of the Capuchins feel accepted and welcomed.....they feel belonged to the center...
Point of consultation: in 2013 about 911 persons visited and were helped. Every month about 260 meetings are conducted with specialists in order to help the people who come to our centre.
Psychiatric and psychological treatment: In 2013: Meetings 3610 meetings and 336 people were helped....156 meetings with the priests.
Bathrooms: every month about 250 persons who come here...there are bathrooms for men and women.....
Laundry and clothes collected from the people are distributed among the poor....
The friars along with sisters serve food in refectory where many people come to eat hot meal.....
The clinic which attend people who need immediate medical treatment
Professional help for those who are seeking work....many were helped to find jobs.....
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