The Social Establishment “Saints Archangels Michael & Gabriel”, Slobozia Village, Giurgiu County, Romania

I. OVERVIEW

Location: 7 km from the city of Giurgiu, on the way to Zimnicea (~ 70 km from Bucharest).

Led by: Veronica Ștefan (Director) together with the priest Valentin Ștefan.

Description: The center comprises a two-floor building with 12 bedrooms, four living rooms, 3 bathrooms with shower cubicles, laundry room, 4 service bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, activities room, office, playroom. Associated to the building there is a land plus outbuildings (animal shelter, stables, a plot of land, large courtyard with playgrounds). At the moment when it was taken over from the State, the building, where once a similar activity was taking place, was in disrepair, without any amenities, lacking even the windows, doors and plumbing. The plumbing has since been partially rebuilt, heating system and roof were rebuilt, the whole space was fenced, grass was cultivated, double glazing doors and windows were installed, fruit trees were planted etc.

The building was insulated on the outside only partially (50%).

Assisted persons (September 2016): 32 persons – 9 mothers and 23 children; the number varies as when the social problems are to some extent solved, some persons leave. There are many more during winter, when the needs are bigger. In addition, we care also for the families of the three men in charge of animals and fields, which have 6, 3 and 4 children.

Staff: Father Stephen and presbyter Veronica; teacher; cook; maintenance worker. We use volunteer work; housework is achieved with the support of the assisted.

Amenities in the center building and annex spaces:

  • 12 bedrooms (6 downstairs and 6 upstairs), all renovated and furnished with furniture received from our donors.
  • Animals in the shelter: 10 cows, 20 pigs, 1 horse, 1 pony (for leisure purposes), 10 sheep, poultry.
  • There is a solarium that provides most of the vegetables for the summer (insufficient).
  • Central heating with wood pellets.

Social and administrative situation:

The center has all papers necessary for functioning and has the blessing of local Orthodox hierarch.

The children receive age appropriate education and are integrated in the school system. Transporting children to / from school is done with a minibus.

In the central courtyard there is a small chapel where services are held.

The help that comes from the state is very small, the center basically living only with the support of community and private companies.

The living conditions are specific to rural areas, assuring the basic needs, but at a modest level. Instead, children and mothers are protected from the dangers of specific urban centers (drugs, prostitution, crime, etc.) being constantly supervised and guided with love. In the center there is a set of rules that everyone is obliged to respect.

II. PERMANENT AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS

  • Food: potatoes, onions, beans, oil, flour, canned peas, beans, liver pate; refreshments, olives, cheese, tea, butter or margarine, meat, olives, vegetable stew, cucumbers preserved in vinegar, peppers preserved in vinegar, cereals.
  • General and personal hygiene products: laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, floor detergent; shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste.
  • Cleaning Products: brooms, dustpans, mops, buckets, windows washing detergent, kitchen degreasing solution.
  • Fuel for cold season: pellets (plus firewood, in addition).
  • Payment of utility bills: cold water (approx. 1,400 euro / year), electricity (approx. 350 eur / month), gas cylinders for stoves (approx. 420 euro / month).
  • Animal feed (wheat, corn, bran, sunflower, pea, clover bales).

III. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AND REPAIRS (in order of urgency)

  • Completing the exterior insulation of the building.
  • Cabinets for 6 rooms.
  • Washable paint and oil paint for general cleaning, paint rollers and brushes.
  • Repair works to the roof.
  • Metallic shelves for the storage of clothes and bed sheets.
  • Furniture for kitchen and dining hall.

IV. CONTACT DETAILS

PRO VITA Association – Bucharest partnered with the social establishment “Saints Archangels Michael & Gabriel” to support the social center. Any help is welcome, but we suggest companies and individuals that want to help to get in touch with us for coordination.

Social Establishment „St. Archangels” Slobozia village, Giurgiu county

  • Priest Valentin Stefan – p. 0762.656.077
  • Presbyter Veronica Stefan (Director) – p. 0769.683.407, veronicastefan82@gmail.com
  • Ionuț, Administrator – tel. 0762.056.787

PRO VITA Association – Bucharest

  • +40 728.673.673, fax +4031.815.27.80, contact@asociatiaprovita.ro

Presentation material made by PRO VITA Association – Bucharest.