«Feeding the homeless» — the project, which saves lives
It is dark outside and the humidity is chilling to the bone. On a deserted, cluttered square in the center of Odessa, people gradually gather from all corners of the city. Some are unkempt and in unseasonably old clothes and some dressed neatly but very modestly. They have a similar problem — difficult life circumstances in which they find themselves through no fault of their own.
People gather in the square every day at exactly 20:00 just to eat. It sounds scary and difficult to accept the realities of our world. The vast majority don't want to know about the problems of poor people and prefer to ignore them, but problems don't disappear and the fact remains that people are hungry, they have no money and they can't afford a piece of bread.
A team of volunteers from the New Life Christian Mission drives to Privokzalna Square every day to help people in need. They bring a 50 l container of a hot soup, a large box of bread and a container of hot compote. For many people, the meal, compote and bread save their lives. During the hour of feeding, each person has the opportunity to talk with a volunteer, to pray to God and to hear an information about the shelter or a rehabilitation center of the Mission. The caring ministers can also provide first aid — to treat or bandage a wound. If the unfortunate person has a desire to change his life, he can be individually interviewed, told about the conditions of the rehabilitation center and, in most cases, the volunteers do not come back to the center alone.
The feeding in the square is always organized and there is no pandemonium. People have known about this place for a long time and follow some simple rules — no pushing and humbly waiting for their turn. Unfortunately, there is not always enough food for everyone — on average about 100-150 people come to the square every day.
We thank all concerned people for their financial support of our project.
Your contribution to the Mission's work is very valuable — it literally saves people's lives.