Since the 2008 crisis, Greece has been under the media spotlight. Many articles have been written about the country’s huge debt and the social problems it generates - including a tremendous unemployment rate of 28%. It is this painful situation that led us to consider a foundation in this country. The Heart’s Home Saint John of Patmos is located 30 minutes’ walk north of Athens’s downtown area. There, some Greek and also many immigrants - especially from Congo and Nigeria – are living under precarious conditions. Greek middle class families suffer the most from this crisis, due to the lack of work and the many taxes the government has implemented to overcome the deficit. We are currently visiting a Center for Disabled People, a Refugee Center for Children and Adolescents from Syria and Afghanistan, a Shelter for Women and Children and a Nursing Home.
“To spiti tis kardias ina stis Ellada!” (Heart’s Home is at home in Greece. Alleluia!) The first community of volunteers is composed of Marie Pia, Ludivine and Marie from France and Irina and Vincentiu from Romania. Father Gonzague paved their way so that on November 6 the whole team settled in Athens.
Providence has been closely watching over us! And it especially manifested itself in the person of Father Aleko, our parish priest, who has given us a most warm welcome. Cap on his head, he plunged his hands into paint and coating and passionately helped in the restoration of the house. During these foundation days, he spent most of his days at the Heart’s Home; he almost seemed to be another member of the community. We count on your prayers so that we are able to listen closely to the Holy Spirit and the Lord’s will be done in our new neighborhood.