23 Apr THE OPEN SIGN IS STILL ON THE DOOR IN ATALAYA/SPAIN
In these times of “remaining at home” we are all obeying the regulations for our own sake and that of others. So that no one will feel alone and abandoned, we have set up the “telephone hotline” which is answered by Elena, a Daughter of Charity. Moreover, we have provided all the volunteers with the phone numbers of the immigrants who participate in our various programs so that they can call them, and the immigrants will feel that we care about them, which is a priority in Atalaya.
When we closed the soup kitchen, we did not leave the people without nourishment. Every morning, at the usual hour, we distribute bags of food with dinner and supper for the entire day, keeping the Muslims in mind. We are very grateful to the Food Bank that brings us what we need for each day, to Mercadona that comes with fruit and other products that we can put to good use in the bags. One business, Camera Bakery, gives us 20 loaves of bread, and Ismael, our cook, goes very day to pick them up. Two young immigrant men, one from Algeria and the other from Guinea Conakry, come at 11 to prepare the bags. Since the Food Bank often brings us prepared food, Victorina aci takes charge of heating it up and seasoning it. At 13:30 we open the door and, wearing our masks, gowns and gloves, we distribute the food at the entrance to the soup kitchen. They stand in line, keeping social distancing. They bring their containers for the food. Thank God, so far no one has contracted the virus. We are very concerned about the 16 boys that we have in the shelter. Last week the firemen went to disinfect the house.
Esther Soler aci