Arrels has always been a team of people together to work for the people who are in a situation of homelessness. Here are some of their testimonies.
“The street punishes you; it damages you” Joaquín Ramon
Joaquín has spent long hours in front of geography books, imagining distant and interesting places. His is a story of abandonment. He defines himself as a lonely person. According to him, though, he is at his best now.
“I prefer the way down, rather than the way up.”Lucía Montobbio, volunteer.
Some people say that Joaquim Costa Street in Barcelona will soon become the new Portal del Angel. I hope not. This street connects Eixample, where I live, and Raval, where Arrels is located. I have just arrived from an Erasmus stage spent in Peruggia, and I have decided that, to not overstretch the traumatic effects of ending my years in university, I must get busy and work.
Josep Mª Gaja i Galofré was born in Barcelona 72 years ago. Currently he is retired though had previously worked as a salesman for a sports company. It is precisely this experience of contact with other people, he says, that has been of great use in his task as a street volunteer.
Five years ago chance (and falling in with a bad crowd) brought me into contact with Arrels for first time. I must confess that the unexepected happened. I refer to the love I felt from day one for the institution, especially for these delightful people called volunteers.
“First day on the streets? What a question!” Miguel Virto
¿First day on the streets? In two lines: frustration, great sadness, uncertainty, neglect, great pain and plenty of doubts..To talk about this, one needs to delve into the before and the after, for it is curious how life changes. The first day on the streets means the loss of comfort, affection, property: your world suddenly collapses..
In Arrels we craft with our hands, and we especially craft with time. Working with time, instead of goals, gives you such confidence and security that makes it possible to assist people from a position of closeness.