Russian Church opens its 57th shelter for pregnant women

Tolbazy, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, August 30, 2018

The Russian Orthodox Church has opened a new shelter providing charitable assistance to pregnant women and women with children in crisis situations in the village of Tolbazy in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The center, a joint project of the Church and the non-profit organization “Yaroslavl” was consecrated and opened on the feast of the Transfiguration by His Grace Bishop Nikolai of Salavat and Kumertau. It is the 57th such shelter opened by the Russian Church, and the first in the republic, reports the site of the Synodal Department for Charity and Social Work.

The new center is located in a large house with three spacious rooms, a kitchen, a shower, and a storage room. The house also has a well-kept garden, a playground, and room for talking walks.

The center also has two psychologists who carry out anti-abortion counseling. There are already two women living at the new center.

On behalf of the Department for Work with Medical Institutions of the Ufa Diocese, an icon of the Kazan Mother of God was presented to the center as a gift. Donors also provided kitchen and household appliances.

The opening ceremony was attended by clergy of the Salavat and Ufa Dioceses, representatives of local administrations, the chief physician of the district hospital, the founder of the “Yaroslavl” center Denis Migal, and other local administrative and religious heads.

The day before, the first Orthodox center for support of family and family values opened in Uzbekistan.

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