Despite the limits we all continue to struggle with under COVID-19, St Patrick‘s Catholic American Church in Rome has not forgotten its mission to provide for others – especially those local charities who have relied on our generosity for years.
One goal of the 2021 all-virtual St. Nicholas Serata for Charity campaign is to meet specific needs of Centro Astalli's Casa di Giorgia, a structure that offers far more than just hospitality to women refugees and their children.
Casa di Giorgia, founded in Rome in 1999, welcomes women, alone or with children, who are in need of international protection. For each beneficiary, after an initial interview and evaluation, volunteers build a customized integration project that takes into account their previous migratory path, psycho-physical conditions and socio-cultural context of origin.
Casa di Giorgio currently welcomes 30 women of various nationalities, fleeing major crisis areas around the world such as Congo and recently Afghanistan, and as winter approaches, they urgently need to buy:
- 30 fireproof mattresses (cost 4,000 euros)
- a new gas boiler for hot water (cost 1,500 euros)
- 5 cabinets (cost 5,000 euros).