In a pandemic, Fazenda welcomes people living on the streets in SC

Routine of residents who lived through alleys and who have already passed through the therapeutic community, now has a lot of work and reflection

In a pandemic, Fazenda welcomes people living on the streets in SC

It's in the calm Garuva, in the North of Santa Catarina, which is located one of the therapeutic communities Fazenda da Esperança. Built over 30 years ago, the initiative that has other spaces in the country, welcomes and rescues people with some type of addiction.
And in times of pandemic, where the health crisis caused by new coronavirus increased the insecurity of the most economically vulnerable, the project also started to welcome people on the streets.

In the routine of the almost 60 residents who have been on the farm since March, there is now a lot of work and reflection. Before, they lived in alleys and slept on benches and under cardboard. According to the person in charge of the site, João Paulo Cardoso de Melo, 39, the farm is also a space of constant change and prayer.

“Here at the farm there is no medicine. The remedy is the gospel put into practice. We work with the farm, we take care of the pigs, the garden and so on ”, says the leader of the Farm.

Some of the homeless people who passed through the farm have been transferred over the past few months and there have been those who have dropped out of the program. Rehabilitation lasts 12 months.

Em Santa Catarina, in addition to Garuva, which welcomes only men, the therapeutic community is present in Florianópolis and Chapecó. In the North of the State, currently 34 people are on site, with more interns expected to arrive in the coming days.

In the West, the structure is intended for the male audience. In addition to work and prayer, the project offers other rehabilitation activities, such as meetings and workshops. In the country, since March, more than 2 thousand homeless people have been welcomed on the farms.

Women can also start over

In Florianópolis, the project welcomes women only. Located in the Pantanal, the farm currently houses 11 people, who are recovering from addictions. Maria Helena, 59, is one of the volunteers who helps with the project.

According to her, of the residents, at least three left the streets and were welcomed. “The idea [of sheltering people on the street] came when we realized that the orientation was to wash our hands, take a shower and we thought that these people had none of that. Then we decided to welcome ”, he says.

Linked to the Catholic Church, its welcoming method includes the pillar of work as a pedagogical process; family life; and spirituality to find the meaning of life. In addition to donations, residents produce bread and other foods to help with costs.

How to help
For donations, Fazenda da Esperança provides website with information clears up doubts.

Here the testimonies of people on the streets, who have been received since the beginning of the pandemic.

Source: ND - News from Santa Catarina

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