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ASH and the CID family offer a little help and support this Orthodox Easter

Traditional Painted Easter Eggs

Help, Hope & Hospice Association (ASH) is an integral part of CID’s extended family of care services; its community based mission offers the most vulnerable people, help, care and professional guidance and support, through personal crises or difficult periods in life.

 For  the faithful , Easter is the most important festival in the Christian tradition and for  Help, Hope & Hospice (ASH) team members  it is an ideal  time to  share  love, hope and  demonstrate their faith. The team reach out to the children and senior citizens in the community in the greatest need. This year with inspiration and help of Father Georgie Zaharia, one of our ASH community initiatives brought smiles and a no little joy to some forty senior citizens, resident at the Saint Antim  Ivireanu Retirement Home in Calarasi and to six young single  mothers and their children living in social housing units nearby.

 The Old Folks are alone, destitute and sadly often forgotten but are always happy to receive the odd visit from those willing to spend a little quality time in their company. Father Georgie visits when he can, listens to their sorrows and woes, brings a little comfort and tries never to forget or surprise them in a kind and moving way. As a charitable foundation ASH provides help to those who need it most and uses every opportunity to make a difference and to show our love and care. In this case by offering some lonely and out of sight  senior citizens  a little gift  parcel  filled with food and some personal hygiene items;  reminding  them that they will never be forgotten. Each and every one was thrilled by their little Easter gift, a token of appreciation of a life well led and the resulting glimmer of hope made which made its presence felt just was both touching and heart-warming especially at Easter tide.

 The weather was awful as it rained incessantly despite that the ASH team managed their next stop, a group of young single mum’s trying to bring up their baby in a special social housing centre near Calarasi.   Father Georgie and the team knocked on the doors of the six little single roomed studio apartments, which houses six mothers and seven children. Over half of these young single mums are under 18, in a programme offering a range social work and psychological support to prevent the kids being abandoned in maternity units or social care shortly thereafter. The gift they were given helped both mums and babies to spend Easter with a few fewer problems to overcome.

 The ASH team wish you who make their work possible all that is good for a Happy and Blessed Easter

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