St Luke’s Greek Catholic Charity Service can implement its subsidised housing program for people with disabilities in Debrecen with more than one billion forints. One of the planned eight apartment homes has already been occupied. The day care centre was also completed and handed over. In the program, the Greek Catholic Church helps the disabled to live independently and ensures their development with sixty places.

Day care for people with intellectual and mobility disabilities and the visually impaired are now provided in an accessible environment in this building on Nap Street. The St Elijah the Prophet Basic Services Centre has recently acquired a total of nine properties. Eight of them will be used for subsidised housing, while the day care centre will offer development and cultural programmes.

The centre was consecrated by Archbishop Metropolitan Fülöp Kocsis.  In his welcoming speech, the leader of the Greek Catholic Church in Hungary said that the aim of the new centre was not only to care for the needy, but also to help them to be accepted. “Let’s find the Christian approach that makes us all whole, happy human beings,”Fülöp Kocsis emphasised.

“Strengthening the possibilities of social services is always a pleasure in the city. The current development is important not only for the sixty care recipients, but also for their families, ” László Papp said in his welcome speech. The mayor added that Debrecen is a caring city, but churches also have an important role to play in this work.

“The municipality is also involved in supporting people with disabilities, with the city-run institutions caring for one hundred and ten people. Thanks to the involvement of churches and NGOs, the city provides care for nearly 400 people in need,” László Papp said.

More than one billion forints will change the lives of sixty people with disabilities in the city. The Greek Catholics in Debrecen are implementing the largest development of the subsidised housing programme, as State Secretary for Welfare Policy Attila Fülöp has already spoken about this.

“Within the framework of the Széchenyi 2020 Programme, nearly seven hundred housing places have been created in thirty-four locations across the country with a total of HUF 16 billion, which provide a family-like environment,” Attila Fülöp pointed out.

At the handover ceremony, the residents thanked the participants of the project with a short show.


Author: Debrecen4U