Church in San Francisco Opens Its Door For Homeless People To Sleep Overnight
Fifteen years ago, St. Boniface Church in San Francisco opened its doors to homeless people in need of housing. This project, known as the 2004 Gubbio Project, was initiated by Father Louis Vitale of the church with community activist Shelly Roder.
Since then, hundreds of people walk into the church every day, sleeping on benches and covered with blankets provided by the staff.
The Gubbio project website reports:
“When our guests go to the churches, no questions are asked.To remove all barriers to entry, there is no registration document or submission form.Nobody has ever been rejected. Everyone is welcomed, respected and treated with dignity. ”
Although two-thirds of the church is reserved for the needs of the project, it is open to visitors to the local church during the day.
According to a representative of Gubbio:
“This sends a strong message to our neighbors – they are essentially part of the community and should not be rejected when those who have a home come to recollect.This also sends a message to the visitors of the fair – the community includes the tired people , the poor, people with mental health problems and the wet, cold and dirty people. “
People who go through the facility are not treated as prisoners, which is often the case in many homeless shelters, and 95% of those surveyed say it is safe and different.
According to TruthTheory, these are the three objectives of this project:
- “Provide a clean, beautiful, calm and safe place where people can rest during the day.
cultivate a sense of community among the homeless and understanding and shared responsibility in the community.
- to ensure the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of the homeless people sharing the Gubbio space in Saint-Boniface and Saint-Jean. “
- Unfortunately, homeless people are rarely treated kindly, and many attempts to force them and laws to prevent the spread of the disease.
Activists say such laws criminalize homeless people.
According to Mark Lane:
“That means they criminalize homelessness, they have created four laws against the homeless, no camping, no sleep in cars, no manipulation and no food for the homeless.”
We live in a cruel world and it seems that many of us have forgotten the value of usability. We can not solve the problem by ignoring it, but we must decide and help the homeless.
This church is a living example of kindness, solicitude and benevolence which, unfortunately, are underrated virtues nowadays.