A journey of thousand steps…
Hospicio de San Jose is the oldest Catholic welfare institution in the Philippines serving people of all ages from infancy to the elderly. Hospicio is a small island almost four hectares surrounded by Pasig River, accessible thru Ayala Bridge, located right in the center of Manila. It was officially established in 1810 when it opened its doors to the service of the “poor” in Manila. Throughout the proceeding years, Hospicio has been thru a lot of survival crises; it expanded its service to the mentally ill in 1853. The Daughters of Charity were given the administration of Hospicio in 1865, which they hold to this day.
Hospicio de San Jose is licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Its residential care services for children and youth, persons with special needs, older persons and people in crisis situation were accredited in March 2007 by the DSWD Standards Bureau. Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) has given Hospicio a donee status, and allows the institution to receive tax-exempt donation.
AT A DIFFERENT LENS
HOSPICIO : Home for the Desolate Visited
AT A DIFFERENT LENS in experiencing the joy of giving themselves for others, last November 10, the Concordia Philippines took time from their busy schedule to reach out to comfort the patients from the HOSPICIO de San Jose – a home for the desolate and the abandoned .
Pictures show Concordia Team, Registrar Daph and Teacher Cherry, distributing goods as they shower love and concern to the abandoned kids and elderly at the Hospicio. Ably assisting them are the in - house care givers who introduced and guided where the gifts be best distributed. They are Ferdinand Velouz and Cherry Cedino
At the end of the day, although tired from the long trip, the Concordia staff returned to work happy and fulfilled from love and care they gave to others.