A new support centre in Odessa, southern Ukraine, is open and helping those fleeing the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine. Over 1.6 million people have fled their homes due to fighting in the east of the country, and many thousands of those have become homeless on the streets.

The Depaul family across the world united over the past year to raise funds for this new centre run by Depaul Ukraine – which offers comprehensive support including accommodation, healthcare, legal advice and meals.  The centre is now welcoming those who have suffered immense hardship and trauma, offering them a safe and loving environment so they can rebuild their lives and progress to living independently again.

Donors came together from across the countries where Depaul has a presence to fund this vital work. The project is Depaul’s contribution to mark the 400th Anniversary of the support services for homeless and destitute people which were started by Vincent de Paul in France in 1617..

Read more about this project and the situation for homeless people in Odessa in this report on the Vincentian Family website.