by Cristina L. Teehankee, St. Francis Friendship Home Livelihood & Spirituality Center
The St. Francis Friendship Home is more than just a place in West Rembo, Makati City. The Friendship Home built in September 10, 1990 by Santuario de San Antonio Parish Foundation was envisioned to be a place where people from all walks of life can become friends in the Lord. From 1997 to February 2011, the Friendship Home served as the venue of a Learning Center for Special Children, a Job Placement Office and a Thrift Shop. On September 9, 2011, the St. Francis Friendship Home was re-launched to be a Livelihood and Spirituality Center catering to the residents surrounding West Rembo providing better opportunities for the least, the last and the lost, to earn an income and a living.
The Secular Franciscans of our Parish administer the St. Francis Friendship Home Livelihood and Spirituality Center under the guidance of our Social Services Ministry Chairperson, Mrs. Marrot Moreno of the Parish Foundation. We fund, care, teach, sustain, and give opportunities to the Mothers and families who come … teach them how to fish … allow them to earn extra income from their livelihood endeavors. The Secular Franciscans who have answered God’s call are happy to fulfill its mission of having a community with no barriers between people at the St. Francis Friendship Home Livelihood and Spirituality Center.
The Mothers who come daily to the Friendship Home have now become our friends. Together, we have built relationships that allow us to understand the feeling of community. Weekly, we study God’s Word … the Mothers pour their hearts out with their hurts, their pains, their heartaches, their failures and losses of life. They come with their small children who have made the Friendship Home their playground. They are happy that there is something more to their life. The Secular Franciscans give encouragement … listen … empathize, guide, counsel … Together we pray … weep … hold each other’s hands … and sometimes just sit and gather … sharing the presence of our love in Jesus.
As published in the February 12 issue of the Parish Bulletin.