15 rue des jetées 61300 L'Aigle
Project to create a shelter and social action center for the "homeless"
The objectives of the project
a) Allow the “homeless”:
- to have stable housing, in order to encourage their return to autonomy,
- to hear the gospel so that they have the opportunity to convert and to be saved.
b) Glorify God through this work.
The material means necessary to carry out the project
b) Common services
- A dining room where daily meals will be served,
- A living room with television and library,
- A room with computers that will allow residents to do their job search,
- A nurse,
- An activity room to introduce residents to various workshops (over-indebtedness, budget, sewing, literacy, etc.),
- A laundry,
- A room for bible study meetings, while leaving everyone free to convince,
- Sanitary spaces.
c) The ground
- A vegetable garden,
- An orchard,
- Animal breeding (laying hens, sheep, rabbits etc.).
The public who will be welcomed
- Poor employees awaiting social housing,
- Women victims of violence who have left the marital home,
- Migrants having authorization to work,
- Couples of retirees who do not have enough income to find accommodation, have unpaid rent and are threatened with eviction,
- Young people with family breakdown who no longer have a common life with parents,
- Ex-placed in a child protection home released into the wild on the day of their 18th birthday,
- Anyone who has suffered an accident in life (divorce, unemployment, death of a loved one, over-indebtedness, illness, etc.),
- Precarious adults accommodated with their children by third parties (friends, parents) and whose cohabitation has ceased,
- People at the end of the winter break.
The center will work in collaboration with:
- social workers in the region,
- the CCAS,
- the social Samu,
- employment center,
- the local mission,
- the various social action associations,
- integration sites,
- housing associations,
- real estate agencies,
- doctors etc ...
The functioning of the center
a) On the social level
Upon arrival, the future resident will be greeted by the person designated for this purpose. He will introduce himself and must clearly express the
reasons for which he wishes to be accommodated in the center. He will present his professional project if he already has one. Then we will
introduce him to the center and and it will have to confirm of its own free will that it wishes to stay there. Only then will the welcome booklet be
given to him than the internal regulations. A room will be allocated to him, clean clothes will be given to him, an appointment at the hairdresser
and a visit medical will be scheduled.
During his stay, he will be followed and accompanied by the social workers of the center for all his administrative procedures and his project.
professional. He may also meet with the pastor of the center if he so requests.
Residents who will not be in training or who will not have a job, will have to work in the center, according to an established schedule, for the
following tasks: dishes, cleaning, gardening, lingerie, table service etc.….
The vocation of the center will not be assistantship, but support for reintegration. Working in the center will be a way of helping people return to
work and will help identify the vocations of everyone, knowing that most will have had a professional life before being on the street. Those who
find a permanent job will be accompanied to find accommodation outside the center. If they wish, they can be followed for a period to ensure
their successful reintegration. Those who will have a job and who will live in the center, will have to pay rent, as will those who receive the RSA
and ARE. The amount will be based on a scale determined by law.
Workshops will be organized regularly (literacy, over-indebtedness, budget, cooking, sewing, gardening, etc.).
b) On the spiritual level
There will be evangelistic meetings every day and Christian films will be screened from time to time. The presence of residents will not be
mandatory, but recommended. The gospel (the kingdom of God) will be announced to them, they will be free to believe or not to believe, to accept
or to refuse Jesus.
The Christian staff members (employees and / or volunteers) will have to give a good witness, live in the fear of God and obedience to his word, to
make residents want to know who lives in them. Staff should not harass residents with verses or pressuring them to accept Jesus. He must be
available, listen to them, answer their questions and do not forget that it’s God who draws people to Jesus, who changes hearts and saves.
Prayer for residents and practical witness should be an integral part of the life of each staff member. Likewise, the personnel will have to learn to
die to themselves and to be at rest, in order to allow Christ to live his life through him and not to allow his character and his flesh to take over. In
no case should he tolerate his bad temper and always have in mind, that God desires his sanctification and that those who live according to the
flesh cannot please him. Each member of the personnel must consider himself a missionary in the field of mission which will be the center. He will
have to serve the Lord and do each task as for the Lord and not for men. He must also have the capacity to manage conflicts that could possibly
arise among the residents.
There will be a team meeting every morning to introduce the day, residents and staff to the Lord. This meeting will be exclusively with Christian
staff. The presence of all will be compulsory. There will therefore be the study of the word and prayer. The problems met the day before will be
discussed and solutions will be proposed to resolve them.
The center must be entirely directed in dependence on the Lord, under his authority and under his gaze, so that all the glory may be to him made.
15 rue des jetées 61300 l'Aigle