It feels like in the runup to Christmas and New Year time starts flying even faster than usual. So many new things turn up and so many unfinished jobs remind of themselves. There’s a certain December rhythm to that, which you can feel once you stop for a couple of minutes. I hope that this newsletter will let you set all your important things aside for a moment, make yourself comfortable and read some warming news from Nochlezhka.
On 2 December we started our annual campaign collecting New Year presents for the homeless in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It means that until 22 December we will be collecting foodstuffs and clothes which help people survive on the street. But the most amazing thing about this campaign, which we lovingly call ‘Tangerines and canned meat’, is that it is not so much about clothes and food but about caring and empathy. I am mesmerized by the idea that every year people go shopping not only to buy presents for their friends and family but also to pick torches and tins, fill up bags with chocolates and sweets for total strangers. Such a simple and clear Christmas miracle of support and solidarity.
I also want to share a story with you. It is about a man whom Nochlezhka’s social workers managed to help in just three weeks. It is not even about timeframes here, social assistance should never be boiled down to timeframes. Sometimes it takes years of sending applications and going to institutions to get an ID re-issued, and sometimes it only takes a few weeks for a person to get both a job and a place to live.
Nicola moved into Nochlezhka’s shelter on 23 October. We only had one vacancy at the time and even that one was temporary. One of our residents had been hospitalized, so Nicola took his bed. The man came to us with several injuries: he had four broken ribs and a fractured shoulder blade. He had previously spent several days at a hospital and was discharged with a recommendation to remain under care of a doctor at his local clinic. No one explained what someone with no home and therefore no ‘local’ clinic was meant to do. And then Nicola came to Nochlezhka.
He spent three weeks in our rehabilitation shelter. During this time, he received the treatment he needed. Together with the Bilet Domoy [Ticket home] project we bought him the necessary medications and an arm sling. Nochlezhka’s social workers helped Nicola collect all necessary papers and get examined by doctors to be admitted to a night shelter. At this night shelter Nicola was offered the position of a street sweeper. Which meant not only a job and an opportunity to make some money but also the right to stay at the night shelter during daytime.
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