During this difficult moment caused by the coronavirus emergency, we feel it’s important to highlight the fact that it’s not all bad news: solidarity is also on the increase.
A great example of this is the ‘t Putje hotel in the center of Bruges, Belgium, which has opened its doors to the city’s homeless.
As cases of contagion increase, the government has placed restrictions on the movement of citizens. People must stay at home and can only go out to go to work, shop or for health reasons. However, not everyone has a home in which to take shelter.
Since tourism has stopped, hotel rooms have been empty. Tina Wijns, the hotel manager, has decided to make them available and currently 18 of the 37 rooms are occupied by people who do not have a home.
The initiative was born in collaboration with the ‘t Sas association, which has 10 beds available, to which are added those of the’ t Putje hotel rooms.
“We are giving these people a bed, the possibility to bathe and coffee in the morning, ” said Wijns.
Three employees areworking in the hotel and taking turns in offering reception and cleaning services. Tina Wijins, who has been working in the hotel industry for about 46 years, ensures that she has never had more grateful and respectful customers. Homeless people leave their rooms clean and tidy, much more so than visitors who are normally housed in the facility.
Let this wonderful example of humanity be of inspiration to us all!
Source: VRT NWS