Serve the City partners with some amazing associations who have dedicated themselves to serving the poor and marginalized in Brussels. It’s our privilege to serve them. Here is a brief video highlighting one of ongoing partners, Convivial.
Throughout the year we focus on 6 areas of need and partner with local ASBL organizations who care for those groups of people. The areas are:
Homeless: CASU, Missionaries of Charity, Nativitas, Georges Motte
Asylum seekers: Convivial, Foyer Selah, L’Olivier, Rafael Center, GESU
Disabled: Almagic, Handicap International, Grain de Vie
Elderly: Cosmos, Harmonie Center, Little Sisters of the Poor
Children: A Place to Live, Arab Evangelical Church, Caria, EPEE, Foyer des Jeunes
Victims of abuse: Maison de la Mere et l’Enfant, Stop the Traffik, Victor du Pré
Here is a sample of the projects we do with some partners.
Missionaries of Charity: Every day nuns in Mother Theresaʼs order prepare a hot meal and serve the poor. Serve the City volunteers started simply helping with the meals, but discovered other needs along the way. We still peel potatoes and wash dishes, but now we also help with practical projects like re-painting their facilities.
Le Petit Chateau: The largest refugee center in Belgium, Le Petit Chateau is home to as many as 800 refugees. Serving possibilities are endless. Serve the City teams play with children, teach dance, cut hair, and lead sports camps. Serve the City volunteers go to Le Petit Chateau on a regular basis.
Anker: Anker is an organization for elderly and asylum seekers. For the elderly, Anker serves food for a small price, makes conversation, and plays games. Anker even has its own football club! Some volunteer activities at Anker include painting, cleaning, cooking and giving computer lessons, in addition to simply spending time together and talking.
Almagic: While trying to help disabled people make progress in their areas of limitation, a physical therapist discovered that no special bikes were available anywhere in Brussels. So he started purchasing them himself and began an association that invites people with disabilities and their families to the park to get some exercise. Serve the City volunteers help Almagic help people with disabilities to have some fun.