For the sixth time this year, those interested can purchase so-called accommodation, which will allow homeless people to spend the night in the heat. The price of one voucher is 100 crowns, it can be bought on the project website. Last year, people bought a record number of almost 40,000 vouchers, a huge wave of solidarity broke out, for example, in the first half of February, when the Czechia was hit by severe frosts. Representatives of the Salvation Army, which is organizing the project, told reporters on Tuesday.
The bed will provide a bed for homeless people for a night in one of the Salvation Army dormitories, which are in Prague, Brno, Karlovy Vary, Ostrava, Krnov, Opava, Šumperk, Jirkov and Havířov.
“However, it is not just about sleeping, a homeless person also has a pastry soup, a hot drink, the opportunity to take a shower, perform personal hygiene, basic treatment and support from a social worker,” said project coordinator Lenka Kořínková. She also reminded that each of the beds has its own assigned number and is in the register. The donor will find out when someone used “his” voucher.
If more money is raised, the Salvation Army will use it to further support the homeless, said Salvation Army National Director of Social Services Jan František Krupa. As a specific example, he cited the purchase of glasses for a young man who visits a low-threshold center and whose family could not afford them, or the payment of a group for mothers’ children from the shelter. Finances also go to the purchase of medicines or arrears for energy, for example.
Help for the homeless will not disrupt the worsening epidemic situation this winter either. However, due to coronavirus, dormitories need to pay increased attention to client safety.
“We will not limit our capacities due to covid-19 either. This is not possible because frost threatens people much more. The risk of freezing for homeless people is many times higher than the fatal consequence of covid-19,” Krupa said. “We do not want to endanger clients, we regularly test them at various intervals, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated. They are often people from risk groups, either because of their age or their medical condition,” he added.
“On nights when temperatures are around zero or below zero, overcoming in the heat is a matter of life,” added Jitka Modlitbová, director of the Bohuslav Bureš Center for the Salvation Army in Prague. According to her, the Prague branches did not have any positive clients in the current wave. If the disease does occur, homeless people in the capital can survive the disease in isolation in a special inpatient facility.
“I use the bed, because I have nothing else left. The bed is a life-saving for me. A thing that is important to me,” said one of the clients of the Prague branch of the Salvation Army.
In some cities, the organization also offers homeless people so-called igloo, ie long-term free rental of special shelters. According to Krupa, it is used by those who, for various reasons, do not want to come to dormitories. These are, for example, people who have a dog, do not want to leave their locality or perhaps do not trust the institutions.
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