Moscow Orthodox center to help homeless find employment

Moscow, December 14, 2016

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Beginning in January 2017, the Orthodox service “Mercy” will begin working in a test mode with Moscow homeless to assist them in finding employment, reports Interfax-Religion.

Moscow is home to between fifteen and fifty thousand homeless, the majority of whom are “people of working age, many of whom stay on the streets after being cheated by their employers,” said the “Mercy” head of projects for helping the homeless Roman Skorosov.

The center will seek openings in view of each person’s skills and area of residence, motivate them in their job search, help them gather the necessary documents, and verify employers’ reliability. “We hope that if we help them find work in their native regions, where there relatives live, they’ll be able to return to normal life. SO we decided to open a center where we’ll be able to help such people find suitable work,” Skorosov said.

The service will also search for friends and relatives in social networks to help motivate the homeless to return home.

The “Mercy” service earlier opened their “Hangar of Salvation” where the homeless can find a warm place to stay, warm clothes, hot meals, and first aid, as well as the chance to bathe, get a haircut, and get help finding relatives and getting documents in order. This particular mission helps up to a hundred people a day.


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