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Warsaw. The Bread of Life Community has opened a new shelter for the homeless

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The Bread of Life Community, led by Sister Małgorzata Chmielewska, opened a second shelter for the homeless. The new facility will accommodate 70 people, they will be provided with round-the-clock care. The town hall once again supported the foundation’s mission.

The new shelter, the House of Our Lady of the Heart, is adapted to the needs of people with disabilities, with a total of 70 beds. As indicated by the town hall, people in the crisis of homelessness will also be provided with specialist care services, support of a physiotherapist, training in the ability to independently fulfill social roles and solve problems.

Community The Bread of Life Community opened a second shelter for the homelessCity Hall of Warsaw/Ewelina Lach

Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski attended the opening of the home for the homeless, the elderly, the sick and the disabled on Saturday. – The facility run by the foundation of Sister Chmielewska provides people in need with round-the-clock care, food and medical assistance. The second shelter run by the Bread of Life Community is located at ul. Łopuszańska. This is one example of non-governmental organizations carrying out important tasks. We support them and we will continue to support them – assures Rafał Trzaskowski quoted in the communiqué.

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Rafał Trzaskowski participated in the opening of a homeless shelterCity Hall of Warsaw/Ewelina Lach

In the years 2017-2022, the Bread of Life Community received funding from the budget of Warsaw in open competitions in the total amount of over PLN 8.7 million. And as part of the last competition for offers for the years 1 December 2022 – 31 July 2024, the foundation received a total of over PLN 3.2 million for running a total of two shelters in Warsaw.

Community The Bread of Life Community opened a second shelter for the homelessCity Hall of Warsaw/Ewelina Lach

Hostels and heating centers for people in the homeless crisis

Warsaw has nearly 1,400 places that provide shelter to people in the homeless crisis.

Since the beginning of December, a new facility has been operating at Kupiecka Street for 150 people in need. There are also three night shelters in the city: at 39 Kaczorowa Street, 15 Kupiecka Street and 53 Myśliborska Street, which can be used by anyone in need from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am. Meals are also served in the facilities – a warm supper and breakfast.

There is also a heating plant at each of these dormitories. In addition, on behalf of the city, Caritas of the Diocese of Warsaw and Prague runs a heating plant at 111/113 Grochowska Street, which is open seven days a week. There is also a diner and a bathhouse.

Help of specialists

A special city bus (MPP) also runs along the routes where people in the homeless crisis are most likely to be found. The bus provides transport between Warsaw’s aid points (heating stations, eating places, bathhouses, medical points, counseling points). The MPP team includes street workers, as well as psychologists and psychotherapists. They cooperate with the Municipal Police, e.g. when delivering hot meals to people staying in the so-called non-residential places.

As the town hall points out in the communiqué, on behalf of the city, the Medical Aid Point is run by the We Are Hope Association at 172 Wolska Street. The clinic is open from Monday to Friday, from from 9:00 to 15:00. It offers assistance of doctors of various specialties, assistance of a psychologist, dental procedures, nursing procedures, diagnostics and laboratory tests, as well as the possibility of consulting a social worker.

In turn, the Penitentiary Association “Patronat” at 259A Grochowska Street runs a laundry. Both facilities and homeless people with the appropriate referral can use the services free of charge.

For over a year, the Warsaw Integration Center “Integracyjna Warszawa” has been the municipal coordinator of placing people in the homeless crisis in institutions.

Community The Bread of Life Community opened a second shelter for the homelessCity Hall of Warsaw/Ewelina Lach

SEE: Home for youth who found themselves in a homeless crisis, opened.

Main photo source: City Hall of Warsaw/Ewelina Lach

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