Location: 7 km away from the city of Giurgiu, on the highway to Zimnicea (ca. 70 km from Bucharest).
Led by: Ms. Veronica Ștefan (Director) with Fr. Valentin Ștefan.
Description: The center comprises a two-floor building with 12 bedrooms, 4 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 with outbuildings (animal shelter, stable, a plot of land, and a large playground). When taken over from the State (2008), the building where once a similar activity took place, was in disrepair, without any amenities, lacking even windows, doors and plumbing. They have since remade the plumbing, the heating system and (partially) the roof; the land has been fenced, grass cultivated, double glazing doors and windows installed, and fruit trees planted etc.
The building has been fully insulated on the outside.
Assisted persons (oct. 2019): 40 persons – 10 mothers and 30 children; the number varies as when the social problems are to some extent solved, some persons leave. They are many more in wintertime, when the needs are also bigger. In addition, we also care for the families of the three men who tend to the animals and fields, who have 6 and 4 children respectively.
Staff: Fr. Ștefan and his wife Veronica; a teacher, a cook, 2 instructors, administrator and maintenance worker. Some volunteers are also involved in permanent or seasonal activities while the housework is being carried out with the support of the beneficiary mothers.
Amenities in the center building and annex spaces:
Social and administrative situation:
The establishment holds all the papers necessary for its operation. It also enjoys the blessing of local Church bishop. The establishment was consecrated in 2010 by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania.
The children receive age-appropriate education and are integrated in the schooling system. A minibus is helping the children get to and from the school.
A small chapel lies in the middle of the courtyard, where religious services are being held periodically.
The help that comes from the State is very limited and the establishment basically relies on the support of the community and the private companies.
The living conditions are specific to rural areas with the basic needs at a modest level. Yet the children and their mothers are being protected from the specific dangers of large cities (drugs, prostitution, crime, etc.) while being constantly supervised and guided with love. The establishment features a set of by-rules which everyone must comply with (mutual understanding, respect, helping one another etc).
Social Establishment „St. Archangels” Slobozia commune, Giurgiu county, Romania
All photos (c) Cristina Nichituș-Roncea 2017