, courtesy Adventist Review
For a group of Seventh-day Adventist volunteers serving on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, assisting the underprivileged is not new. For more than two years, they have taken part in the Adventist-sponsored CASA Esperança project. The initiative provides lunch, snacks, and psychological and spiritual care to the area’s homeless.
In recent days, as local businesses were forced to close temporarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs have increased. Team volunteers have now received reinforcements of health professionals from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the local Public Defender’s Office, and other professionals. Together, the team has managed to serve 700 people in a single day. In the third week of March, 2020, they catered to the various needs of almost 2,000 people.