Speaking to ANS, Bryan Magro, the president of the Maltese National Federation of Past Pupils, said: "This innovative project emphasizes community values and social inclusion through the bond between young and old, who will live together in a block of 23 apartments."
After the successful opening of the "Alberto Marvelli" Residence and the launch of the "Mentorpower" program for homeless young people and those without the support of a family, the Maltese Past Pupils Federation is extending its social work programs through a new initiative that is guided by the values of social inclusion. In fact, this project aims to tackle the scourge of loneliness experienced by both the elderly and young people who live alone.
In this new residence, each guest will have their own apartment and the Maltese Federation will organize learning, cultural and social activities to bring seniors and young people together. All residents will help each other to overcome their daily challenges and to build a community within which one can live in what is a family atmosphere.
The Maltese Federation shall supervise and mentor homeless youth to help them reintegrate into society. As part of their program, they will be offered a few hours of volunteer work to support their elderly neighbors.
Social Housing Minister Roderick Galdes said this is more than just a housing project, as it provides residents with the tools and services they need to address their social needs. Finally, he added: "Thanks to the Salesians of Don Bosco and other entities, the residents will contribute to the community and help each other to grow and solve their problems."