The unit was funded with the resources from a CIAD project
A van transformed into a mobile shower and toilet is already operating on the streets of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), to offer basic hygiene services to homeless people. The so-called “Solidarity Mobile Hygiene Unit” was funded via a project presented to CIAD (Commission for International Aid and Development) by the SSVP Brazil’s National Council.
Before hitting the streets of the city, the members of the Vincentian Missionary Action, an initiative launched by the Central Council ‘San Antonio’, in Juiz de Fora, prepare meals for the needy. In addition to this hygiene service, the homeless people receive the affection of the Vincentian missionary team, and are provided with clothes and basic hygiene supplies.
On June 24, the unit was blessed in a celebration, broadcast live on social networks, presided over by Mr. Gil Antonio Moreira, Archbishop of Juiz de Fora. Despite attendance restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some Vincentians were present.
During this ceremony, the president of the Central Council ‘San Antonio’, fellow member Vanderson Magalhães, thanked all those who have helped undertake this project, particularly the SSVP’s General Council International for funding it. This project now serves the homeless people living on the streets of Juiz de Fora.