Target: Natalia Markova, Volunteer, Friends on the Streets
Goal: Praise new program that provides a hot meal and a free movie for the homeless.
A new outdoor theater has been opened by volunteers in Moscow where the city’s less fortunate can sit down and watch Russian comedies. The cinema, which is next to an emergency aid center for the homeless, provides a hot meal and tea for those attending the film. The premiere saw over 100 attendees of all ages, who voted to watch slapstick film “Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures.”
Friends on the Streets, the charity responsible for the summer pop-up theater, also led a discussion about the problems facing Moscow’s homeless, in order to determine how to better serve them. The organization has opened a beauty salon for the homeless and will be organizing recreational activities such as football games. The volunteers also address more immediate needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care.
Rather than simply providing the necessities, this is one of the only organizations in Moscow to provide recreation for the homeless, a largely overlooked factor in improving quality of life. Friends on the Streets, which has stated its mission as “to diversify the traditional format of providing social assistance,” is improving not only individual happiness, but creating a sense of community.
These innovative new initiatives are incredibly simple in concept, yet can add so much to the lives of some of Moscow’s most vulnerable residents. By providing outlets for leisure and social interaction, Friends of the Streets is helping ostracized homeless people feel more like human beings. Sign the petition below to applaud these new programs and wish the volunteers success on their endeavors.
Dear Natalia Markova,
Homeless people from the streets of Moscow were recently treated to a free movie, a hot meal, and tea in a pop-up outdoor theater erected outside of an emergency aid center. The volunteer organization responsible, Friends on the Streets, also led a discussion on the needs of the homeless in Moscow. The organization’s other projects include a hair salon for the homeless as well as community football games.
While leisure is not an immediate necessity for the homeless, these initiatives will improve their quality of life as well as help build community interaction. These programs return a sense of humanity to what is often one of the most ostracized groups of people in society. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to bring some of life’s simple pleasures to the homeless.
[Your Name Here]
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