Help for Elderly in the Christian Quarter

Cardinal Schoenborn In Jerusalem

On April 24, 2014 His Eminency Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna visited the Center for Christian Elderly in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City along with representatives of the Jerusalem Foundation, the Municipality's Social Welfare Department and volunteers of the Association of the Development of the Old City.


The Old City, including its Christian Quarter, is one of the most crowded areas in Jerusalem. The majority of the inhabitants live below the poverty line. Many of the young leave to for better neighborhoods. The elderly often stay in the Old City, not wanting to give up on the familiar environment and the proximity to the churches, which also function as community centers.


The Center for Christian Elderly is open to all, without regard to religious affiliation. In addition to its enrichment programs for seniors during the morning hours, it also hosts youth programs in the afternoons. Visits to homebound elderly in the Old City to reduce their loneliness, enable social contact and in some cases help them to get proper health care, complement the services of the center. With the help of these visits, some elderly have left their homes for the first time in years.


The Center especially seeks support for its visiting program to homebound elderly as well as for renovations and desperately needed equipment. The Jerusalem Foundation thanks H.E. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who in the name of the Archdiocese of Vienna, spontaneously agreed to help, as well as The DEAR Foundation from Switzerland, which secured the financing of the complete project for one year.


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Cardinal Schönborn in the Center for Christian Elderly with representatives of the Welfare Office, the Christian Quarter and the Jerusalem Foundation.