‘Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, you did for me’
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So far we have helped … people. Learn their story and see how little it takes to change someone’s life
and help people in their difficult life situations together with Caritas.
The story of Antoni
Antoni. How did I end up here? Well, the usual way. I was poor, I had nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat. I sat with my friends and we drank… alcohol – unfortunately.
I got evicted, my brother and I were both thrown out. I had no home, I slept on a bench. There was nowhere to wash. Now about the leg, we were moving furniture one
day and something fell on my leg. An injury developed. I didn’t get help, because I thought it’d get better on its own. But it didn’t. Its condition started deteriorating.
Gangrene had set in.
At the hospital, they said: “it’s either life or the leg…”. Then I came back to sleeping on my bench, this time without a leg. Someone took an interest in me and brought me here: #St. James’ Centre of Caritas Katowice Archdiocese. It was 2014 and the porter helped me climb upstairs for the first time, but I told myself I had to do on my own. Seven years have passed since and let’s see – now I don’t have any problems as long as I have a handrail. I climb everywhere by myself. I live well, I can’t complain.
I have a place to shave, a place to change and wash clothes. You can see what I have. I used to have nothing. I was incredibly dirty. Since coming here I feel I’m normal. I haven’t had a drink in seven years now. Since the day I came here. I see people. I talk to this or that friend. When the weather is nice I go to the park to sit.
I can tell you that I get people in the street who say to me “get this junk out of here, man” – that’s because I have a walking frame and I am sometimes in their way. I call my walking frame “Kate”. So Kate and I are not bothered by those people, what can we do? In the past, when I still had my leg, when I was homeless and it was hard, people helped more on their own. They brought some soup, some clothes to keep me warm. Now, there is
The story of Adam
When Adam was born, the doctors said he had no chance of survival. When he survived, he was not to walk, not to speak not to understand the world around him. His life was a long…
… struggle against what others thought of him. However, our hero emerged from these struggles unscathed. The love and strength that was born in his heart after he met God became his signpost and guide for how to treat the weak. Today Adam is a valued employee of Caritas; despite his own limitations he helps others, speaks out and fights for the rights of people with disabilities. Adam is the author of the paper “On the dignity of disabled people” based on the teachings of John Paul II. He has worked at Caritas as a receptionist for 10 years.
The story of Ala
Until March 2022, Ala led a quiet life as a wife, mother and grandmother. She grew up in the belief that Ukrainians and Russians were two nations close to each other…
As a result, she found it difficult to believe in the real threat of military action. Until the last moment, she thought that everything in her hometown of Bucha would be fine.
Ala witnessed the most brutal atrocities of war. The deeply disturbing scenes we only knew from newspapers and TV were her reality for days. She saw the deaths of her neighbours, camped out with her grandchildren in the basement, and fought for every hour of her life and theirs.
During an improvised evacuation, she came
under machine-gun fire, was separated from her loved ones, and survived days of wandering to finally reach Katowice, Poland. Today she is trying to rebuild her life here. As she says – the biggest challenge for her is to get rid of her fear.
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