13009 Looking for a roof

April 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

by Ana Rello Fernández
with Cáritas Diocesana
Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Europa

It shows the VIEIRO’s center activity that serves as a meeting place for homeless and with few resources, which provide basic services such as showers, heat, coffee, laundry, baggage, escort, arrangements and workshops.

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The report

When we think and talk about a homeless person (HSP), most, imagine an individual badly dressed, dirty, bad smelling, surrounded by cardboard and stuck to a “carton” of cheap wine, and talk is only half the street.
We have all seen at some point people sleeping at ATMs, in arcades, on the subway, in parks … all we dodged and / or looked away when we have asked for money or food … we all feel affected avoided.
All we have ever observed them with contempt, with suspicion and fear. Perhaps we have also ignored because society thinks of the homeless who are drunk, dirty and dangerous, and worst of all, they are so willingly. This becomes a stigma for them which seriously harms the social and labor integration of this collective.
We are not aware that “it” can happen to anyone and try not contaminate approach for fear, do not really know what. We do not want to know, do not want to become involved, have a horror of this situation and we prefer not to know how they got them and ignore them. So we are more calm, or at least we think so.
They lack the minimum conditions required to maintain the dignity, such as the need for daily cleaning. Normally no family, no support. The loneliness, anguish, suffering and even diseases, mental and physical, are reflected in his face and especially his eyes.
Living for a time in the street and being an active consumer of alcohol and drugs involves loss of social skills.
The social inclusion of the homeless go through personal counseling, employment, education and training for employment, hence the great importance of the work being done from the institutions and organizations that work with these people, who seek positive references and try to transmit to society.
By all this I mean the, more than necessary, work of Caritas and Vieiro center developed to help the homeless. Very positively assess the possibility given to me to approach this group to know this social reality and feel, personally, generosity and affection for each and every one of the people who use the center.
My sincere respect for all and especially for Vieiro’s center users that, one way or another, have made it possible for this project come out ahead.

The author

Ana Rello Fernández. From Santiago de Compostela. She uses photography as a form of expression… as the line between the real and the imagined … His relationship with photography is recent and self-taught.
She use photography as a form of expression … as the line between the real and the imagined …
Her relationship with photography is new and everything she knows and do not know what has occurred so far, as an autodidact.
Never before had raised me and made ​​a project of this type, but when I saw the announcement I felt the need to do something and present it.
In any case, regardless of the result, I encourage everyone to stand and enjoy the feeling of doing something for others in a selfless manner, from the heart.

The project

Designation. Educating for change
Venue: Center Caritas Vieiro of Santiago de Compostela, Calle Cuesta Vieja No. 12-Under Santiago de Compostela
Other collaborating institutions: from birth Vieiro Center works closely with the following entities:
-City council of Santiago
-Economic Kitchen Santiago de Compostela
-Hostel Xoan XXIII
-Red Cross Santiago de Compostela
-Municipal Assistance Unit Drug Addicts
Galicia-Man Project
-University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela
-Plataforma polo Emprego

Homeless people can define how those who “can not get or retain suitable accommodation, tailored to their personal situation, permanent and provide a stable framework for coexistence, whether for economic or other social barriers, or because they have personal problems lead an independent life “(Avramov, 1995, cited in Cabrera, Rubio and Blasco, 2008). The term refers not only to those who lack a habitable dwelling, also refers to all people who suffer a lack of family and social relationships solid or the skills required to do so.
For most of the larger society are unknown, guided only by the negative stereotypes and forgetting that they are people with their own history of failure, achievement and social dislocation.
In addition, due to the current crisis, the number of subjects belonging to the group has increased, breaking with many of the topics associated with this group.

The entity

Caritas Diocesana in Compostela was founded in November 1965 to welcome and support people who are in poverty and need, promoting their own development.
Social Purpose: To serve the social action of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Santiago de Compostela, to raise awareness and transform society and work towards the eradication of inequality and exclusion.
Participation in associations, platforms or other organizations Caritas Confederation of Spanish, Galician Coordinator NGOs, Volunteer Platform Galician Association of Rural Development Groups Galicia, Galicia Social Council
Profile of participants: Any person who is deprived in covering their basic needs (material, psychological, medical, emotional, occupational, legal, family, etc.., ) are potential users / as of this entity.


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