Magnitogorsk, Russia, March 2, 2020
A social project of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Magnitogorsk Diocese was blessed and reopened on Friday, February 28 following large-scale repairs.
The service of the blessing of the new premises of the Magnitogorsk Home for Mama was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Zosima of Magnitogorsk and the Upper Urals and Archpriest Valery Martin, the head of the Diocesan Commission for Family and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood and spiritual father for the center. Together with the efforts of the diocese, employees and volunteers of home, benefactors, and all concerned people, major repairs were completed over the course of nine months, reports the diocesan press service.
The home will continue its important work to preserve the lives of children in the womb, protecting them from life’s adversities and supporting pregnant women by providing them with temporary shelter, food, and clothing. To date, 32 children have already been saved from abortion by the efforts of the center’s employees and volunteers and the clergy of the diocese.
His Grace congratulated all with the great event—not only for the city, but for the entire southern Urals—and thanked everyone for their participation and support, and expressed the desire that a broad-based diocesan social center would be established at the home in the future.
Magnitogorsk Mayor Sergei Berdnikov was also present at the event, and noted that the diocesan project would receive support from the city administration.
Three women with small children currently live at the home, and the shelter’s administrators work around the clock, providing the families with everything they need.