Blessed social ministry in the Russian and Romanian Churches

Vologda, Russia; Lilieci, Romania, December 7, 2022

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The Russian Orthodox Church recently opened its 80th shelter for women in the city of Vologda, 300 miles northeast of Moscow.

The new House for Mothers was built on the foundation of the already existing Center for Social Services and Protection of Family, Motherhood, and Childhood. Pregnant women and mothers in difficult situations will be able to find help at the new house, reports the Synodal Charity Department.

The premises of the shelter are provided by the Vologda administration for free. The organizers only have to cover utilities.

Women will be able to get not only housing, but also food, clothing, free legal and psychological assistance, and free use of a hair salon. They can stay in the house from 3 to 12 months.

One woman is already living in the house with her children. The staff have helped her find a job and enroll her children in local schools. They will also help her find permanent housing.

The Center for Social Services and Protection of Family, Motherhood, and Childhood was established 2.5 years and already has 3,000 permanent wards, including large and poor families, single-parent families, families with foster children or children with disabilities, women in crisis pregnancies and mothers with infants, refugees, families of the mobilized, and people in difficult situations.

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And in northern Romania, the chapel at a social center housing 20 children in Lilieci, Bacău County, was consecrated by His Eminence Archbishop Ioachim of Roman and Bacău, reports the Basilica News Agency.

The chapel is dedicated to St. Paraskeva, St. Andrew the Apostle, and St. Daniil the Hermit.

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The Maria Bronx Family Center was opened in 2019 with 12 children. It has had outstanding academic results and is involved in social programs to help young people in difficult situations.

After the service, Abp. Ioachim was given an icon of the Theotokos painted by the children of the home.

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