Monday, 20 February 2012

Grand Opening of the Manel Pujades Recovery House


Yesterday, February 19, the grand opening of the "Llar Manel Pujades" (Manel Pujades Recovery House) was celebrated. This is a new project of GAiN Spain...an apartment where 3 men, who have been living in the street, will come to live. More than 40 people attended the celebration, among them volunteers, investors and members of the Bona Nova church and one of their pastors, Félix Ortíz, who have granted the apartment for this purpose.

All those in attendance were able to celebrate the beginning of this project, toasting with a glass of cava (Catalan champagne) and the desire to invest in and change the lives of others. After the toast, a small lit candle was given to each person, displaying the reality that when one small light is lit and then continues to light others, in spite of the fact that they are small, they will illumintate the space until the light becomes intense and very visible. Right now there are only three candles, three people who will occupy this apartment: Paulo, Oscar and Joan Manel. These will receive warmth and light in the midst of their darkness. We hope that this is just the beginning of a great and inextinguishable light.

It was a very significant time to usher in today´s event, the day that 3 homeless men now have a place to rest their heads.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

The Manel Pujades Recovery House Will Open Soon


Next Monday, February 20, GAiN España will celebrate the beginning of a new social work project, focusing its attention on homeless men who are at great risk of social exclusion. The project is a recovery house called "Llar Manel Pujades" in Barcelona which will use an integrated approach to tend to the needs of 8 homeless men. The center will provide their housing, their food and psychological and social support through special programs, workshops and other activities.

Tomorrow, Sunday, there will be an informal "grand opening" ceremony and the following day the "Llar" or Recovery House will open its doors. At the moment, the center already has more than twenty volunteers who will be responsible for giving an integrated care to the men that come to the home in search of help. They will also be responsible for guiding them in their social integration using workshops and specific programs that will be adapted to the needs of each individual.

You can follow the details of this project through the GAiN Spain Facebook page or at GAiN´s website: www.gain.org.es

"Infinitas" Was Presented to 1000 Women in Madrid



This past weekend there was a women´s conference in Madrid for women from all over Spain. Presented at his conference was the Infinitas magazine, a new project for women from Agape. During the weekend 1000 copies of the magazine were given out and all the feedback from those who received it was quite positive.

Thanks to this nation-wide conference, many copies of the magazine will be taken to every corner of Spain so that Infinitas might continue reaching the hearts of additional women in other cities.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

"Infinitas" is now here

Infinitas is a new project of Agape, brought forth by the hand of Isabel Fernández. Isabel dreamed about making a magazine for women that was out of the ordinary...not just to help her feel more physically beautiful, more confident, nor to give advice on how to live better. Infinitas wants to present women just as they are, with their weaknesses and their virtues, with their struggles, problems, joys, challenges, dreams, fears, etc.

Nestled in this month´s edition is the story of an artist who, through her creations, denounces an atrocity that she is fighting against, that is imprisoned women of the mafias and sexual exploitation. Also there are testimonies about abortion, cancer, mothers of families with multiple children, the challenge of caring for a child with disabilities. Finally, Infinitas inteviews Esther Martínez, a well-known Christian psychologist.

Infinitas also has its own web page where the magazine interviews are complimented with videos of the same women. Each month more stories will be added about other women. The web address is www.infinitasweb.es

You can get a copy of the magazine at the Infinitas web site or at www.agape.org by clicking the "Resources" tab.

Don´t miss this opportunity to hear the stories found in this magazine. And recommend it too! Show it and share it with your friends and contacts. You´ll be surprised by the response.