In September (20-27) we observe a week of celebration and prayer to St. Vincent de Paul who all his life served the poor and the destitute. It is at that time when, affirming the charisma of St. Vincent de Paul, the Missionary Fathers held a charitable reception, where the “Vincentian Harbor” Project was presented. It took place on September 22 at Bozhyi Dar house in Kyiv. Organizers are grateful to God for all benefactors and volunteers engaged in that event arrangement.
At the reception, the “Vincentian Harbor” Project was presented. It was initiated by the Missionary Fathers of St. Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Charitable Fund “Depaul-Ukraine” and the Community in Dialogue.
The “Vincentian Harbor” Project aims to hold out a helping hand for people regardless their nationality, skin color or religion, for those who turned homeless for different reasons, and to help them reintegrate into the society, restore their dignity, gain financial independence, skills, knack and hope for the future. Over 80% of participants have successfully completed their rehabilitation program. What is more, a lot of them share their experience with other people in centers and become tutors for them.
The reception was held in warm, home-like and cozy ambience. Project director Fr. Vitalii Novak, CM, held a presentation of the “Vincentian Harbor” Project at St. John Paul II Hall. Moreover, one of Community in Dialogue Project participants delivered his testimony on being in the Community. He spoke of how he had found his way to the Community, how they helped him overcome difficulties and temptations. Immediately after the presentation, guests already got some ideas about further cooperation, and they had a chance to share with their impressions and ideas later at a dinner.
We are very grateful to all those who responded, accepted the invitation and attended our reception. In the future, we hope for cooperation in information support, help in spreading the information among the business community, support for our activity and services, projects’ visiting and ideas generating to meet projects’ material needs. Some of those invited guests, who could not attend the reception, said they would keep on being in contact with us and would surely visit us when the right occasion came.
Among the honored guests present at the event were His Eminence Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, EU Ambassador to Ukraine Ian Tombinski, Slovenian Honorary Consul Mr. Vladislav Borysovych Burda, Polish Deputy Consul General Rafal Wolski, Secretary of Japan’s Ambassador Ryosuke Ueno, head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross Alain Aeschlimann, head of the Danish Refugee Council Program Pierre Vischioni, head of the United Nations Development Program Project Olena Leonidivna Ivanova and other invited guests.
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