Redemptorist, Baclaran, Philippines
For street children, the shrine has the Sarnelli Drop-In Center which provides them a refuge and a program of rehabilitation. The center cater to the needs - both spiritual and material of the most abandoned street children around our shrine here in Baclaran. The services of the center was expanded through the street education program which offered non-formal education, group dynamics and feeding program for kids in the nearby squatter communities around the Baclaran shrine.
Sarnelli was a Redemptorist in the time of St. Alphonsus who worked among the prostitutes of Naples. After his recent beatification, he has become a kind of informal patron of Redemptorists engaged in the social ministry. Baclaran was the first to name a social project in his name. Started in 1995, there are 26 boys in two centers, one being temporarily located inside the Redemptorist compound due to the difficulty of finding a suitable house to rent (the neighbors don't like it too close to them).
It is heartrending to listen to the case histories of these kids and the reasons for their leaving home and ending up in the streets. It takes a professional psychologist (an SVD priest), a dedicated staff, and volunteers to help them sort out their problems. The rehabilitation work takes quite some time, hence the need for a residential center.
Social Mission - Sarnelli Center for Street Children
The Sarnelli Center for Street Children Foundation, Inc. as an apostolate of the Redemptorist Baclaran Church Community dedicated at the service of the children at risk, especially the most abandoned children of society. Inspired by the spirit of the Redeeming Christ (cf: 1k 4:14-21), the Center is driven to afford them opportunities to experience life in all its fullness (cf: Jn 10:10) as they become responsible contributors of God and Nation.
We the Sarnelli Team, professionally competent and pastorally compassionate commit ourselves to empower these children at risk towards their full development and holistic well-being through systematic case management in a homely environment.
The goal of Sarnelli Center is to help the street children readjust and undertake a process of rehabilitation and development and eventually become responsible members of their families and their communities