Though initially founded to help women and children who were HIV positive, Archè’s focus has shifted to helping victims of domestic violence. They meet these women in the hospitals (e.g. Bambino Gesu) where they seek medical treatment and protection from their violent husbands. Arché helps to move them to Arché’s safe houses with their children. Many are immigrants who have been here for a few years. Some of their husbands are in prison. They and their children are given food, shelter, education and job opportunities – the goal is to help them live autonomously and to raise their children without fear. It is an amazing operation led by Padre Giuseppe Bettoni, the President of the Foundation. The well trained staff and volunteers who work with Arché in both Rome and Milan are very dedicated. Via Oderzo 24, 00182 Roma. Tel. 06.7725.0350. www.arche.it
This year's funds will go to:
Centro Astalli Refugee Center
Located on Via Astalli (near the Piazza Venezia) Centro Astalli occupies the lower floors of the Jesuit Residence. This outreach to refugees began in 1981 and has grown to this day. Men, women and children from 30-40 countries come to the Center. Most are refugees seeking asylum from war torn countries. They come from Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan and the countries from Northern Africa, plus from many other places. The Center serves a lunch from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday (200-300 persons per day). In 2017, they served 59,908 meals. The staff and volunteers also offer assistance with the exams and interviews these individuals must go through with the Comune in order to remain in Italy or to move north. The staff’s role is to accompany, serve and defend those who come to them for help. There is also medical and legal assistance, as well as classes in computers and language and many, many other services. The Fondazione Astalli also sponsors other Houses of Welcome in different parts of the city, including the Casa di Giorgia in Via Laurentina, plus houses in San Saba and the Salaria area. In 2017, these houses lodged almost 200 people and more than 60 families. The staff of Centro Astalli give great importance to recognizing the humanity of each of the refugees. Via Astalli 14 A, 00186 Roma. Tel. 06.678.1246. www.centroastalli.it.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC)
This center is just down the street at St. Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church on Via Nazionale and in Via Napoli. This is a day center for refugees and asylum seekers living in Rome. Each day they welcome 200-250 people, half of whom are homeless. They provide a refuge where they can recharge and recuperate and they offer many services such as breakfast, hygiene product & clothing distribution, computer skills, language literacy classes, and employment clinic & job skills training. They have recently invited women to participate. As another center no longer has day care nurseries, these women have no place to leave their babies when searching for work. The Center is interested in offering such a service. Our future donation can help make this project a reality. Over the years, the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center has grown and offers many wonderful programs and assistance. Via Napoli 58, 00184 Roma. 06.4883339 www.jnrc.it
Casa Famiglia Villa del Pino in Monte Porzio Catone
This center houses and care for men who have AIDS. Thanks to the collaboration between Mosaico Associations and the Casa Famiglia, they offer not only the necessary treatments, but also an occupational laboratory for work training. Currently nine elderly men with AIDS live there, along with a Sengalese woman who is a paraplegic. In another house on the premises, six Syrian refugees who are part of the Humanitarian Corridor sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community. Once they are established they move on, and others take their place. Two doctors visit twice a week, and nurses are present morning and night. Four priests and two brothers live on the top floor and interact with the residents for meals, socializing and prayer and Mass in their beautiful chapel that sits above the ruins of a 2nd century home. They also work to improve education regarding AIDS in the community. Via Sant'Antonio 2, Monte Porzio Catone 00040. Tel. 06.9449022. www.associazioneilmosaico.org
Fondazione Internazionele Don Luigi Di Liegro
One of the Foundation’s main programs involves community outreach to mental health patients who are at different levels of recovery. The state sends these individuals to the Fondazione Di Liegro to help them socialize and creating relationships and a sense of belonging to part of a group. Each day a different therapy is offered: music, theater art, sewing, photography, cooking. They sing, they paint, they play percussion instruments, they make clothes, they put on plays, they create meals and they go around Rome taking photographs. When they first come to these sessions, many of these men and women (aged 25-75) are very shy and distant. By the end of the program they talk with one another and with the volunteers and hug each other goodbye. This program, which our donations support, affects up to 500 individuals with 2000 volunteers. There is also a Coffee Club for people with Alzheimers on Wednesday afternoons. The staff and volunteers give workshops on mental health in schools and they offer a Peer Education program in the middle schools for students to help one another. Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Roma Tel. 06.6792669, 06.93572111.