Another life. "Night bus"
• Another life. "Night Bus"
These people live next to us, but we notice they are not always or do not want to notice. And the problem was, and remains acute, and sometimes even hopeless. But there are other people who are willing to do something and to change the situation. The only pity is that not everything depends on them. Yes ... This is the layer of the society, which was originally in the majority of the negative attitude - people without a place of residence. Who are they? How did it happen that you were on the street or under the poverty line? Are we immune to this? What to do and how to treat? All these thoughts whirled in my head when I went to "Night Bus" ...
One evening in the "night bus" from "Doss house" charity. Thoughts, observations, facts ...
Last week, it became possible to make a "trip" to "night bus" from the charitable organization "Doss house".
Excursion? How so? .. I decided that it can be a rewarding experience, especially a reporter. I was lucky, yes, yes, yes! Lucky! And I was able to go along with volunteers for the evening watch. But, to tell us about his impression, you need to describe the situation on this issue.
The history of each of these people - it's the fate of a man caught in the force at the bottom of the reasons for the bleak life. In these stories someone's own fault, someone cheated, someone had a fire, and so on, is homeless orphans, people who are management of the company throws on the street with his family, the victim of "black realtors", someone "asking "members of the household, and someone goes out on their own family, someone came out from prison and also was on the street. State system for the homeless is not perfect, and non-governmental charity organizations - a "drop in the bucket." But these "drops" can somehow alleviate the situation. The matter is further complicated by the fact that not everyone wants to get out of this hole and not just because of their broken lives. Alas, this is also true. And such circumstances only exacerbate the problem. So what is "Doss house" in our city? "Doss house" charity fund appeared in St. Petersburg in 1990. First, what he has done - is decriminalization of vagrancy, begging and parasitism. That's 23 years of the organization, still struggling with homelessness and saves thousands of lives. One of the projects "Nochlezhka" is "Night Bus".
Emergency humanitarian assistance to homeless people: hot food, social counseling, pre-medical assistance, the human part - all this is a small bus with 2-3 volunteers and a driver. In addition to hot meals, deliver medications once a week leaves the doctor, as well as advice on social issues. Daily assistance at bus parking are 120-150 people.
In the day I joined the project, the driver was Igor, a person genuinely cares for the matter gets the third degree, worked for the ambulance, in general - are not indifferent to the problem, and two volunteers Taya and Maya (if not mistaken ) and Vitali (above photo). All week, apart from the usual duties, Igor led a "census", recorded all who came to the point, it was interested in not only the name and date of birth, but also where they were born. It is also important, it is statistics.
In general, over the years, the organization has a qualitatively different approach to volunteer work. Now, in the "rooming house" come not only people who want to distribute food and clothing, but also volunteers professionals: translators, designers, editors, programmers, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, specialists in public relations, financial consultants, project managers, social workers . These are people who have their professional services free of charge.
During the evening I could watch people, to feel the atmosphere of relations, the problem then crawl out and are visible at once. We were on the four points in different parts of the city, it is: Platform Sorting in Kupchino, Ligovo platform (other south-west of the city), on Vasilyevsky Island - about Smolensk memorial cemetery, as well as north of the city near the Black Rivers - w / d station New village. Places are chosen not by chance, no one here does not bother anyone, and convenient to collect those in need.
How can the people are very different in these different our "parking". Everywhere there are permanent "clients", everywhere a hierarchy, this world is difficult to understand, but it is very easy to see. Hit the fate of the people and how they relate to the circumstances. Someone special poses on camera, but someone very ashamed of the state of affairs. I repeat that to "Night Bus" come not only homeless persons and vagrants, and there are people who will of the circumstances below the poverty line, who can not go home.
I must admit that a lot of individuals and marginalized, if I may say so with these people. Moreover, someone arranges things and even coming to social assistance, they do not want to continue to make efforts to solve the problem. I do not want and will not someone to blame, perplexed about it still rolls. We also talked about this and Igor during the transfers. It is a complex world, and no one is safe from falling into the wild circumstances, who knows how we behave? Lower your arms? We will be demoralized? If we can find the strength to change the situation?
I am absolutely not surprised by the fact that so many people from our city, not the visitors, it was especially evident in the census in Kupchino. And many have higher education and former military, someone wanders, and someone is at the threshold of that comes here for the food.
Do not ignore this problem in a society more and more impossible. This is our life, too. I am not in any way do not want to shield anyone, and many are to blame in this situation - alcoholism, drug addiction, crime - is also still there, but ... there is so much "but" that a clear answer, and no universal solution.
Next will be more and more surveillance.
A very typical person, people emotional, there is a "young" people. Slang, jokes ... That's something you can feel the area (forgive me, old-timers). And only here I saw the dogs.
Schedule for this week. Due to the holidays the bus does not work 5 days and less.
is not only suitable to be noted in the list (and it must be said, not everyone does it have to go over them and push), but also to ask about medicines, things. For many individual drive up something, if people need, and in the "rooming house" there were things for them. Saw how happy the "new" slippers and shoes.
Some specifically asked to take a picture, I promised (and before) for their printed frames.
Not without conflicts.
It is in Kupchino most interested in bandages, and the arrival of the doctor.
And someone considers himself to TV star
And again about the dogs ... and people.
immediately rushes over age contingent in the eye. There are more people who come to buy bread and tea, which have housing, but are on the verge of poverty.
People even communicate differently.
And, too, there is a hierarchy, without the elders in these "communities" in any way. Someone has to "monitor the situation", figuratively, of course.
This is like the situation with the Tajik gypsies, who were here for the first time. This fire victims, burned down the house. The large family. But ... too many "buts", "Doss house" and took on a note, be sure to check the facts. In general, the Roma do not like, perhaps prejudices, and possibly have for this land ... I will not guess - I do not know. But people fed, not chase the children, and from things clearly draws fumes ...
Again the face ...
The guys - they are everywhere guys!
One of the oldest "members" of "Night of the bus." (And they say, he has worked in the organs. It looks very stern grandmother.)
Further our way lies on Vasilevsky Island. In the words of Igor, I see quite a different picture, and others: "Read the book, while waiting for the bus"
This is Vasilevsky Island. Yes, everything has changed dramatically, when compared with the previous our points. This St. Petersburg, not Leningrad ... Only here in this cut.
Is the place important? Apparently, yes. And the people here are completely different, but it felt very different approach.
Forward immediately missed the women (although this feature I have observed in the previous point, in contrast to the Kupchino), all calmly lined up, and young people somewhere in the back. Person is absolutely amazing, many struck, someone reminded me of my grandfather. All at once approached Igor and recorded data. Once all quietly and intelligently, or something. That's so ... Leningrad ... honestly.
Another point to the picture.
Grandma, our St. Petersburg grandmother ... Pensions are sorely lacking, to live ...
Today fish soup.
And everyone is waiting for the bread that is baked at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
I note that the food is cooked specifically and we stopped in the course of movement to take containers of soup, cooked for the homeless. And the cafe is done on a voluntary basis. The usual dinner - a plate of soup, bread, and tea. To tea is still baking, this time we brought some buns were substandard, the girl volunteers upset. If wanting a little bit, there may be additive. At this point, many were two plates of soup.
This man came for the second time and was looking forward to it bread. In conversation with him I learned that not cope with the situation, to live on a small pension to 10,000 became difficult.
There are so many young people. All dressed up as something pure and it is rokovski something. Apparently, the distinguishing feature of the homeless and the needy is on Vasilevsky.
Here, there are non-ambulant boys from "Nochlezhka" they know it. Man literally die at the cemetery, gangrene of the feet, but the "fast", which came refused hospitalization.
On the road for a long time we are discussing this problem. Igor assured that more will be dealt with, because the situation is bad, and so should not have been.
to record and wishes, and in fact bring clothes and shoes.
For latecomers no favors, but its give a bowl of soup a few inadequate girl who also "own" ... And we leave on the last point.
We leave with Basil, and we are waiting to the last point, in the district of Black River. Along the way we visit for bread and soup.
It so happened that in this place do not really go to the contact on the shot, so just accents, fragments ... That somehow determines the life of these people.
I must say that this place is the most organized of all: there is a room prepared in advance lists of people.
I repeat this frame. He is the best characterized this place ...
Here brought more and the water, and in the "registered" cans. It is encouraging that with a sense of humor in difficult situations all right.
What else to do on the "Nochlezhka", can be read on their website. And I saw what a relief for a person to obtain a certified paper. The passport does not replace, but for the police is a document, and provides an opportunity to earn some money, which is important. By the way, the official blog "Nochlezhka" there and Learn
Once again I want to say that homeless people is a very difficult topic. It is difficult to put in his head many times more difficult is something to take, which is why society ambiguously responds to this problem. But I think that you should at least be aware of it. And to help with the dictates of the heart, these people also need your kind words and support.