The Smiles Foundation has worked with the Homeless in Oradea (NW Romania) for more than 12 years in one way or another. A restructure of several projects in the early months of 2018 has seen our future work with the Homeless become part of the new Field Project established within the Smiles Foundation.
A very successful agreement has been reached with the City of Oradea Social Services to create a Partnership between the department and Smiles allowing a better share of responsibilities and costs for serving the Homeless community.
The extremely successful Container Village will continue to serve the Homeless but not as residential facilities as before – now the units will be used to provide Day Centre Activities for Social, Educational, Health and Ministry programmes.
We are delighted to have agreed for the better equipped City Night Shelter to be available for our Homeless beneficiaries and even more delightful is to have re-housed some of our longest members living in the Container Village. The intention was always to be transitional to something better!
The Coman Family who were initially saved from the streets in 2011 have lived at the Container Village ever since. Now we have made arrangements for them to move to a Smiles House which they can make home, in the hope that within the next year or two, they will be able to own it in their name for future security.
Ramona and Denis have also been at the Container Village since it first opened. Now we have moved them to far superior living accommodation at the Emergency Housing Unit, where Denis has already settled into the local school and is certainly enjoying his new life in the country.
Angela and her family are looking for new accommodation in the city as Augustine now has full-time employment and has been encouraged to make this bold step of securing their own home, which he is now working hard to provide for month by month. Meanwhile, we will support them at the Emergency Housing Unit which will help the family to adjust to regular life in a house, rather than a converted container.
Back in 2010 – the Container Challenge captured hearts around the world and with support across the United Kingdom and America. £50,000 ($75,000) was invested in Containers for Conversion to provide the first Module at the Container Village of 9 units. Six were for accommodation plus two for Hygiene facilities and one was used as a ‘Day Centre’ for meetings, counselling and office responsibilities.
Now we see the facility turning to a new purpose of providing Day Centre Services and Smiles will be actively involved in these services in partnership with the City enabling us to focus more on the needs of the people with health concerns, employment opportunities, positive engagement on productive activities as well most importantly – continuing to minister to the spiritual needs of the people through Pastor Vasile and visiting Mission teams.
In addition to our work at the Container Village we will still support Homeless people living rough on the streets, under bridges, in derelict buildings, by hot water pipes and many other horrifying situations that need our urgent attention. We are very aware of these situations from so many years of working in the city.
As you might imagine, the needs are endless and every day we are faced with heart-breaking decisions of who we can help and to what extent we can intervene. We need finance to enable us to reach out to these people – the men, women and children who have no place to call home.
We don’t want to limit our dreams for the future. We have the skills, we have the heart and we hope that we can persuade you to join our efforts. We have testified over the years to so many broken lives being fixed with this miracle medicine called “love”. In the Smiles Foundation – we have enough for everybody!
We trust and pray for support to fulfill our dreams.
IF I WAS HOMELESS …………WOULD YOU HOUSE ME?
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