After two years of closure because of strict health restrictions, the Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center (AJKC) is opening its doors once more to fulfill its duty of bringing back the dignity of Manila’s homeless and less fortunate.
During their soft relaunch last July 16 just in time for their 7th anniversary, AJKC resumed their KaLiNgA or “Kain-Aral-Ligo ng Ayos” outreach program by preparing free homecooked meals, showers, prayer sessions and values formation to around eighty (80) homeless adults and children.
Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD, founder of AJKC, said that the shelter’s reopening reaffirms their mission to provide dignified, systematic and holistic care its beneficiaries, especially during this crisis that the country is facing.
“We are more fervent in sending a message to all people of goodwill: compassion knows no time, boundaries and pandemic. [O]ur faith-witnessing beckons us not to be paralyzed by fear, but to find new paths of mercy and compassion in recreating and empowering the lives of the wounded and marginalized. This is what it means to live in the ‘new normal,” he said.
Established by the Society of the Divine Word congregation in 2015, the AJKC also provides accommodation to those who are willing to undergo skills development and alternative learning system “to help them stand on their feet again”.
Fr. Villanueva invited everyone to share their blessings and “be a partner in the mission of providing dignified, systematic and holistic care to the MOST – Marginalized, Outcast, Suffering and Tormented.”
You may message the Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center through their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ajkalinga/) or you may visit their center at Tayuman Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila, just beside the Espiritu Santo Parish. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)