New Residence for Young People in Need of a Home
An innovative social community project to help young people without a home to live independently with the support of a mentoring programme, has been launched by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, in partnership with the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta and Osanna Pia Home.
The Residence in Paola was opened on Saturday 25 January 2020 by His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna in the presence of the Minister for Children’s Rights, Family and Social Solidarity Dr. Michael Falzon M.P.
Dr. Kevin F. Dingli, Hospitaller of the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta, said that this vital project serves as further practical witness to the Order’s obsequium pauperum charism, ministering to those in need as though to the suffering Christ himself.
Bryan Magro, the Chief Executive Officer at the Salesians of Don Bosco, said that this innovative project was a journey and a challenge because a lot of work needed to be done to build such a residency. He thanked everyone who contributed and helped into making this project possible, with some of the sponsors and donors preferring to remain anonymous.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that such a project will provide a roof over a number of adolescents who do not have a place to sleep. The Alberto Marvelli Residence is a beneficial and beautiful project as it aims to help anyone who is need and face the challenges of everyday life, which ultimately achieves a common good for all.
Social solidarity minister Michael Falzon, who inaugurated the residence together with Archbishop Charles J Scicluna, hailed the the first public social partnership agreement in 2020, underpinning the project as evidence of the synergy between Church and State. He said his ministry currently has an allocation of €17 million and operates 44 such agreements with social organisations and entities.
The terraced house donated to the Salesians of Don Bosco by a benefactor, was completely refurbished and transformed into a fully functional home named after Alberto Marvelli, a Blessed Salesian past pupil.
A unique feature of the project will be the provision of support mentoring services to these young persons throughout their stay at the Residence, preparing them to live independently and to move into the community as good and exemplary citizens. Mentoring young people is a powerful way of helping young people to bring them out of poverty and help them to become more socially included.
Extensive reconstruction and refurbishment works were completed thanks to generous donations which were received from the Government of Malta, the Order of Malta’s Global Fund for Forgotten People, the Trustees of Agape No. 2 Trust, APS Bank, HSBC Malta Foundation, Mater Dei Central Procurement and Supplies Unit, the Millennium Chapel Foundation, Josie’s Bathrooms, Intercontinental Hotel, Bilom Tiles and Decor, B4 Group, Form Ltd., and MRCD Ltd. as well as many other private benefactors and companies. Thanks also goes to the many volunteers who offered their time and energy to complete this project.
Anyone interested in donating towards this worthy cause or assisting in any other way may do so by sending their contribution to the Alberto Marvelli Fund, to the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta, Casa Lanfreducci, Pjazza Jean de Valette, Valletta or in the Lombard Bank account IBAN number MT 44 LBMA 0500 0000 0001 4408 8123 400.
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