Began accepting applications for participation in the national contest of assistance to the homeless

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The Synodal Department for charity began accepting applications for participation in the national contest of assistance to the homeless in the name of Hope Mametovoi, reports Diakoniai.

It can take the involvement of social workers in Church and secular organizations that help people without housing. Applications will be accepted until 18.00 on 30 September.

“We want to support those who are already helping the homeless, and inspire those people who are just starting this work,” – said the head of the homeless of the Synodal Department for charity Irina Meshkova.

Annual award in the name of Hope Mametovoi was established by the Synodal Department for charity in 2013. To participate in the competition invited social workers of the parishes, members of the volunteer groups, as well as employees of state and public organizations that help homeless people. The winner will be determined by a panel of experts headed by Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity, Bishop Panteleimon.

Solemn ceremony of rewarding of winners will take place at the VIII Congress of the Church in social service in Moscow in late October. The prize winner will be awarded a commemorative badge and a monetary prize.

On the website of the Synodal Department for social service in the competition section published a profile for participants and the regulations of the competition. The application should be sent up to 18 hours of September 30.

The first winner of competition of a name of Hope Mametovoi in 2013 he became a social worker Faith Kostyleva, created in the Arkhangelsk Church social center. In 2014 the competition was won by Alexander Pushkarev – head of the organization “Resurrection” from Kostroma. In 2015, the head of the Khabarovsk Church organization “Mercy” Konstantin Vetrenko. In 2016 the winner of the competition was hieromonk Antonin (Napolskih) – the head of Department of social service of the Izhevsk diocese, organizer of several projects to help the homeless in Udmurtia. In 2017, the competition was won by the rector of the Church of St. Mitrophan in the village Sucks Voronezh region Archpriest Alexy Botvinov, head of a shelter for homeless and disabled persons up to 100 persons.

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Hope Montova, after whom is named the annual all-Russian competition, was a member of the Orthodox movement “Kursk station. Homeless children”. She tragically died on the night of March 20, 2012.

We will remind that today in Russia there are more than 4,500 social institutions, projects and initiatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. Help the homeless have a 95 Orthodox homeless shelters and 10 bus of mercy (mobile stations).

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