GERIATRIC CARE CENTRE
Holy Cross convent, Machilipatnam, India
There is always more joy in giving than receiving. Christ does not reject any one rich or poor children or old, pure or impure. He does his healing ministry out of compassion. He attached much importance to visiting the sick. He told his disciples - Heal the sick. He identifies himself with the sick. I was sick and you visited me" (mt 25:36) We, sisters of Holy family provinces in India is extremely happy to have Geriatric care centre - We have 27 inmates both men and women. They all are above 70 years. Few of them are in bedridden and other have chronic illness, memory loss, hearing loss, cancer patience and other complications set in with age, worried and under depression. Few are in death bed. If we look deep into the person, we can hear him or her saying "I need your company for I am lonely, I need your person for I am helpless, I need your assurance for I fear the worst, I need your encouragement for I am worried and disappointed, I need your nursing and medical care for I am a patient having bedsore and need your great presence.
Taking care of the elderly gives us an insight to unconditional love & inner joy. We, sisters make the mission of our life to rise to the expectations of the sick and the suffering ones because Christ says,"What ever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do unto me" (Mt 25:40).
Infant Jesus - Baby Care and Play School
"Every child is a gift of God"
Child care is important in an society because it acts like a support system to the families who are not able to give, time to, their children in all the ways. In this care centre we hence 34 children, them age limit 4 months to 4 years. We sisters provide creative stimulating secure, healthy, positive and learning environment in the development of the child. We are indeed happy to look after these angels when they cry, laugh sing, dances, run, jump, play or fight with us. We feel they are angels. As being with them. We learn many things that are simplicity, littleness as well as joyfulness. May the infant Jesus, Bless them all.
Shalom Matha Bhavan – Manjeri
Shalom Matha Bhavan is enjoying the presence of new program organized by Karakunnu Paliative care unit. Every Thursday a group of people from their centre come here and take class for the inmates of Shalom Matha Bhavan, to make them feel that they can be better persons by doing different exercises where they are fully involved to have more concentration and use of their memory. We can see in these Chosen group of our inmates are very happy and they are collaborating with masters and they are sharing many things. As it is the regular program it is good for their rehabilitation. Many local donors, political leaders, Educational Institutions, Youth wing, different religious leaders and groups generously sponsor whatever is mostly required for our inmates. We are very grateful to them and to God Almighty.
Asssi social welfare and service carry out it 's mission in the poor villages of Pamarru and Vuyyuru in Krishna Dt. and Pasurpadu, Gospadu, Kanala Kalugotla villages in Kurnool Dt. Social activities are mainly on women empowerment as the development of the society begins with a woman in the family and they are deprived of their rights many times .
Our motive is to develop the women intellectually, morally and economically. We have self help groups in Pamarru area there are 950 women thus 95 groups each group has got 10 women with its leader. In Pasurpadu area there are 100 self help group women.
We carry out below activities,
Micro saving, Microcredit,
Every month group meetings are conducted in the villages, health education in the gvt schools, general knowledge topics are taken for the women. Microsavings , Microcredit programs are conducted.
Microcredit program helps our self help group women in many ways. They use for small shop, egg business, purchasing sheep's, maintenance of buffalo, auto repair, leese of vegetable garden, purchasing tailoring machine ect.
Skill training programs like tailoring, embroidery, saree printing ect. Certified for the tailoring.
Many students and children are being educated through this initiative
FMSC PRISON MINISTRY
Jails are places where men and women are detained while awaiting adjudication of their criminal charges. After arrest, if they are not able to find money for bail and are not release on their “own recognizance” they have to remain in detention until their trial. Jail residents are “detainees” not “prisoners.”
Detainees are people who are have not yet been found guilty of a crime. Detainees are often people caught up in our immigration and detention system. They may have been charged with a crime, or they may just be awaiting action from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
For detainees there are often more urgent issues confronting them – they have been quickly removed from their daily lives- they may have child care and custody concerns, job and property concerns, even pet care. They may be detoxing and sick from active addiction. There is often a level of desperation in jail detainees that challenges the volunteer or chaplain because the needs are so immediate, demanding and plentiful. The experience of being in jail is akin to being in the emergency room of a hospital awaiting triage. Detainees are living in a state of crisis, even shock. They are not sure how long they will be in jail or perhaps beyond that in prison.
Crimes for which people are held in detention range from cases of drug possession, prostitution, burglary to assault and murder. People in jail are often there for the first time, though the majority of urban jail detainees are men and women who have chronic problems of drug addiction and/or mental illness and have done time in jails or prisons already. People with a wide range of personal problems and a wide range of criminal charges are thrown together into a chaotic environment. Streetwise detainees are mixed with people who have never been in trouble before. Fear and anxiety are ever present realities.
Jails are therefore somewhat more unpredictable and unstable environments. The amount of services offered to detainees in terms of mental health, education and religious programming can vary considerably from one county jail to another. Each county is generally a separate entity under the administration of a sheriff who is usually an elected official. Since the primary mission of a jail is to safely house detainees awaiting trial, the focus of the mission is not necessarily going to be on rehabilitation.
The crisis environment and the lack of stability can be an asset for Jail Chaplains. Often men and women who find themselves in jail are in crisis and seek out any guidance and help. Chaplains in these environments must have the basic skills to listen and counsel men and women in crisis. Because there is a fairly rapid turnover in the population and the stays in jails are generally much shorter than for those serving time in prisons, the Jail chaplains may only meet with detainees a few times before they are sentenced, released or moved.
Jail Officers have a somewhat different perspective than Correctional Officers in prisons. This affects how religious programming is offered in Jails. The kinds of services Jail chaplains and volunteers can offer are more limited than they may be in a state prison system. Most modern jails lack chapel space so volunteers must improvise and use whatever spaces are permitted. Some of our sisters used to spend time towards this noble cause. One of our sisters Rev. Sr. Elsamma Parapuram received national award from P.M.I., Bengaluru in 2019. Prison Ministry is a part of our formation.