The Initiative is supporting a help center and a shelter for homeless based in a block of flats in Avdiivka (Donetsk Oblast) - a small city touching Ukrainian Russian frontline. Funds gathered during crowdfundings organised by Jurczak made it possible to create the center. It is led by Elena Pisareva, who is keeping shelter ongoing despite battling with cancer. By now the Initiative financed electricity, food, renovation of dozen rooms and shelter's roof, purchase of beds, heaters, shower, boiler, mattresses, clothes, bedding, towels, fridge, kitchen accessories, washing machine and medicine. Elena documents in detail everything bought thanks to the donated funds. Elena helped dozens of people. Usually up to20 vulnerable individuals live in the center, because of behavioural difficulties, some of them are not accepted to stay longer. Since 2017 several inhabitants had died, due to serious health problems.
Statements of Elena, shelter founder:
I became a pastor in a Protestant church in Avdiivka. It was 2014. At first, I rented a meeting room in the block where we lived; that is where we prayed. The space became our church. Over time, I started renting more rooms on the same floor, where I welcomed people who had nowhere to live. It was 2015. I rented a room for Ira. Then another one for Oksana. Then Tanya came to me and asked for help. She had a small daughter, Kristina. They had to be evacuated from the conflict zone in 2015 during the worst battles. They returned eight months later. I gave one of the rooms to Tanya’s mother lately. It is 2019. Two weeks ago, when she [Tanya’s mother] was home alone, she started feeling bad. She was hallucinating. She thought there was someone walking around the flat. She was very scared. She bolted the door. With us, she feels safe. Thanks to Jan's help I could accept more and more people including alcoholics and drug addicts having no place to live.