Nochlezhka

Nochlezhka provides shelter, health care, outreach and social services for homeless individuals. We encourage promotion of public policies then prevent homelessness and and assisnt social rehabilitation of homeless indivilduals.
Dec 19, 2016

Some inspiring news from Nochlezhka

self-service laundry for homeless people
self-service laundry for homeless people

I am writing to tell you about the most important things Nochlezhka did for the homeless in this Autumn 2016. 

In November we opened the first ever self-service laundry for homeless people in Russia!

In one working day 70-80 people can use the launderette to wash and dry their clothes. Such a large-scale and beautifully efficient service would not have been possible without our friends from the Prachka.com launderette chain. Many media outlets have reported on this but our favourite video is the one shown on Le Courrier de Russie in Russian with French subtitles. Since our Cultural Launderette was opened, 374 people have washed their clothes.
French newspaper Le Courrier de Russie visited our laundry and made a video-report from there. You can watch it here.
An inspiring story from Alexey, who used to be homeless. Thanks to Nochlezhka, he has once again become a mariner

We have been contacted by Alexey who managed to get his papers re-issued with the help of our social workers. ‘You spent about 10 years helping me. I have stopped drinking now, my papers are in order and I go to sea again’, he said in his message.

The man now works as a seaman and travels all around the world.  Obviously, he would not have been able to get this sort of a job without all the necessary documents.
 
Without your help, there would be no Nochlezhka, and who knows how Alexey’s story would have developed when he was in trouble!

On 1 November we opened two heated tents to help homeless people to survive in winter

Anyone in need can spend a night in these tents, where they will be warm and safe. They will also receive dinner and breakfast, basic medical help and social assistance. Over the month of November these two tents accommodated 228 people who spent a total of 1,396 night in the tents. Such tents save people from frostbite, hypothermia and burns from fires… In other words, it is a very important part of helping homeless people during the cold season.

Have a look at this excellent report about our heated tents by OK-inform with excellent photographs (in Russian)
Thank you a lot for attention and support! 
Nochlezhka is you and us. It is your support that enables our charity to bring homeless people back to stable life. We would like to thank you for that.
self-service laundry for homeless people
self-service laundry for homeless people
visitors in self-service laundry
visitors in self-service laundry
Alexey who used to be homeless
Alexey who used to be homeless
A heated tent opened in November
A heated tent opened in November
Aug 17, 2016

The leatest news from Nochlezhka

Dear friends!
We are happy to share our most important news with you. And thank you on behalf of our clients!

Nochlezhka has published its annual report for 2015

We spent a lot of time on making a detailed and impressive report of our work over the past year. Firstly, to tell you how we spent the money donated to Nochlezhka and how many people we managed to help. Secondly, to have the results of an entire year of work presented in this compact and concentrated way, so that one could see straight away what we do and why we need support.

Read the report

Some good stories
Melik's story (name is changed)

A deaf man called Melik with an Armenian passport came to Nochlezhka's counselling service. He struggled to read in Russian and could not write. The man really wanted to get back home, to Yerevan.

We managed to find his sister on Skype and get in touch with her. Then we found an Armenian company in St. Petersburg: it turned out that there are minibuses going from St. Petersburg to Yerevan once a week, on Saturdays.

Our social worker arranged with Melik's sister that she would pay for his ticket in Yerevan and let us know on the following Friday. At that time we had no vacancies in our shelter so we had to say goodbye to Melik until Friday.

On the agreed day, before the departure of the bus (his sister had managed to find enough money and pay the fare for her brother) the man caused a bit of a panic: he was an hour late and arrived with a lot of bruises. Our social worker drew a map for Melik to show him where the minibus was leaving from. The man managed to get there, explain the situation to the driver and on Saturday he set off to Armenia. And on Sunday evening he was already at home!

Nochlezhka's role in this story was minimal but where else in St. Petersburg could a deaf person who could barely speak any Russian find this minimal help? At the same time it's quite obvious that he would find surviving on the streets extremely difficult.

Denis' story (name is changed)
Denis had been coming to Nochlezhka for help for several months: we gave him metro tickets, a mobile phone to look for a job, consulted him on how to get his papers re-issued. Denis was determined to find and job and he walked a lot not to use the metro tickets we'd given him for nothing. Eventually he found a job at a hypermarket and slept in the utility room to begin with.
 
Not so long ago the young man came to our counselling service and asked us to count how many tickets he had taken from us over the time we were helping him (our employees have a special digital database and keep records of all the aid we provide - it helps us track the progress of helping a particular person and also to prepare statistics for our reports). It turned out it was only 10 of them.
 
The following day Denis came to our counselling service again and brought ten metro tickets and the very mobile phone he had got from us. The young man asked us to give it all to the "deserving people". He said he could now pay his own travel expenses and that he had bought a new phone.

Results of our work over May — August

1. ur social workers consulted 971 people and lawyers - 102 people.

2. 947 people were fed, volunteers of the organization handed out 5917 portions of hot meal.

3. 125 people lived in our rehabilitation Shelter.

Nochlezhka held a seminar on issues related to housing for homeless people

On 19 May Nochlezhka's experts organised a seminar for their colleagues where they spoke about obtaining housing for homeless people. There were 24 participants from state and non-governmental organisations of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region. We believe that such dialogues between officials and non-governmental organisations are helpful in creating a govermental system of prevention of homelessness.

May 19, 2016

Some stories from our beneficiaries

a cat and a volunteer in our the Shelter
a cat and a volunteer in our the Shelter

Dear Friends! 


We want to share some stories from homeless people, whom we were able to help. We find these stories very inspiring! Thank you on behalf of our clients for your support.


Slava's story

For a few months Nochlezhka’s shelter was a home to Slava, who had been brought up in an orphanage and who had lost his flat as a result of a fraud. With the help of his social worker, Lena Kondrakhina, the young man managed to get his papers re-issued and started working with the Raul Foundation which helps people from orphanages and special needs schools. Over the course of two months Slava did an internship in a large energy company and in February he was officially employed there.

Slava took part in the video we made where people living in our shelter were reading comments posted online about the homeless. Having seen him in this video, a girl from Moscow wanted to help him and offered to pay for his travel card to cover the cost of his commute for a year. This was a generous and a very timely offer, since Nochlezhka cannot pay its clients travel expenses and this expenditure is unavoidable and takes a significant share of one’s wages.

His social worker Lena also contacted a social hostel for minors and managed to arrange a room for Slava there despite him being older than 18. The young man had not been quite comfortable in our shelter with dormitories for 10 people, where most people were a lot older than him. Meanwhile, Nochlezhka’s experts continue to fight for his rights and have contested the fraud transaction involving his flat.

Alexey's story


This sad story ended well, even with a hint of magic. It’s frightening to think, though, what would have happened if there was no such place as Nochlezhka in St. Petersburg.

On 28 December last year Alexey came to our counselling service. By then he had spent several nights at our heated tent in Obukhovo (district of St. Petersburg), where he was told that he should go to our counselling service and seek advice from our social workers.

The man was suffering from memory loss and had no papers. He could only remember his name, his date of birth and that he was from Gomel (Ukraine) and, perhaps, had come to St. Petersburg to find a job. Alexey could not remember what happened next. Most likely, the man got serious injuries, maybe a concussion.

While Alexey was being examined at the first aid unit for homeless people at the Botkin Hospital, our social worker Kira Podlipaeva called the Housing Authority in charge of the district of Gomel where Alexey thought he was from. Kira sent a few more emails to various institutions asking them to help find Alexey’s relatives, contact them and find out whether there was indeed someone under that name registered at the address given by Alexey.

It’s hard to believe but late in the evening of the same day, Kira got a call from the Housing Authority from Gomel! They had found Alexey’s mother (the address turned out to be right!), gave her Nochlezhka’s contact details and were willing to provide more help if needed.

Kira gave Alexey’s mother a call, and the woman was ready to get on the train to come and take her son the following day. It turned out that Alexey had left home to find a job earlier in the autumn and his mother hadn’t heard from him for a while. Kira contacted the attendant at our heated tent in Obukhovo to pass the happy news to Alexey and ask him not to go anywhere, so that he wouldn’t miss his mum’s arrival.

Kira gave the woman detailed directions to the tent where her son was waiting for her. And during the first days of the new year the meeting took place and Alexey went back home to Gomel with his mother.

We made a video where homeless people read out some comments about them posted online

This video got over 40,000 views. It shows how easy it is to write really nasty and cruel things about some abstract homeless people, an unknown human mass, and how different it is to actually see the eyes of particular people who have found themselves in trouble. This is another attempt to show the society that there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There are only people.

a women
a women's room in the Shelter
distributing of soup in the shelter
distributing of soup in the shelter
 
   

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