THE SMILES HOMELESS
The Smiles Foundation has
worked with the Homeless in Oradea (NW Romania) for more than 12 years
in one way or another. Now the project can provide a comprehensive
service with a Project Manager,
Ioana Pop, a Doctor and a
Psychologist and many other important services to support those faced
without a roof over their head or food on their table. Actually these
people do not have a table!
thing of all is when they patronise you and make you feel handicapped",
says one of our Homeless beneficiaries. "Nobody believes that you
actually can do something, that you can be someone and that you can
break the vicious circle that has been gaining momentum for years. After
so long, you start to believe yourself that there is no way out".
Since 2005, several of Smiles staff had
been involved with Homelessness, but no one had been able to make it
their main focus with a commitment to the Homeless people above other
considerations. Since the City Mayor's Office in Oradea heard of
our Container Village programme, we have established a ‘Partnership’ in
caring for the Homeless and providing options for their future.
Therefore, a significant Project was established in 2011 which involved
major financial resources but most important of all – a person with
vision and compassion who would be committed to these people who live
every day with great needs. Once again, as we have faced many times in
Smiles, it seemed an impossible task.
Challenge captured hearts around the world and with support across
the United Kingdom and America. £50,000 ($75,000) was invested in
Containers and Conversions to provide the first Module at the Container
Village of 9 units. Six are for accommodation plus two for Hygiene
facilities and one is used as a ‘Day Centre’ for meetings, counselling
and office responsibilities.
We thank God for the opportunity provided when Raul Gherle joined
Smiles in July 2011 to manage the Homeless Project. Raul comes with
tremendous experience in Social Care and a heart for those in need.
can be an emotional rollercoaster working with people who face
incredible hardships, struggling to survive without shelter, food and
suitable clothes. This crisis is not reserved for adults and when
children are involved, the emotional pain is even greater.
In addition to the Container Village which
provides shelter for up to 50 people, Raul and his team support up to a
further 50 still living rough on the streets. Under bridges, in derelict
buildings, by hot water pipes and many other horrifying situations that
need our urgent attention.
As you might imagine, the needs are endless
and every day we are faced with heartbreaking 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.
With an estimated 450 homeless people in Oradea, Smiles is reaching
around 20%. We don’t want to limit our dreams for the future. We have
the skills, we have the heart and we hope that we will persuade others
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
We trust and pray for support to fulfil our dreams.
IF I WAS HOMELESS ............WOULD YOU
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Operating Costs which are £2,076 / $2,700 per month.
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