Today, June 24, 2021, Pope Francis sent a Video-Message to the diocese of Mar del Plata, Argentina, “greeting in a special way the servants of the diocesan Charity Night and Nazareth Home for their care of people in street situations.”
“Thank you so much for what you do! Especially for what Bishop Gabriel tells me, that you have rented two hotels to have more room for all in the raw and humid winter of the Marplatense” coast,” said the Holy Father.
“Thank you to all, laymen, laywomen, Pastors, benefactors of the Church and all the sectors, that care for Christ in the <person> of the poorest and most marginalized brothers. Christ is there. The poor are the center of the Gospel. Thank you, my heartfelt thanks for what you do!” he concluded.
According to the Webpage of the diocese of Mar del Plata, the Nazareth Home was born on December 10, 2007. It belongs to Caritas-Mar del Plata and shelters people in street situations. The Home’s main building can shelter up to 60 elderly people (50 men and 10 women), and functions 365 days of the year in Balcarce 5036, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am the following day. Guests are given breakfast, a snack and dinner, a hot shower, hygiene articles and clean clothes. Above all, they have a safe and warm place to sleep, in a clean bed and under a roof.
Thanks to Nazareth Home, many people have been able to reinsert themselves in the society, in work, and in the family. “Those are the fruits of the Home and the end for which we work day after day.”
Those that wish to help, can serve as volunteers or donate warm clothes, blankets, mattresses, food, cleaning utensils, personal hygiene articles, bringing them to the Home daily between 6:00 pm to 8:00 am or to the diocesan headquarters at Chacabuco 4850 between 8:000am and 2:00 pm.
Translation by Virginia M. Forrester