Yesterday afternoon at Palazzo Marino the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala delivered to Vittore De Carli, president of Unitalsi Lombarda, the building permit for the renovation of the first shelter for the families of children hospitalized in Milan hospitals. Also present at the meeting were Don Stefano Venturini, parish priest at the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie all’Ortica next to which the house stands, Giuseppe Maino e Giorgio Beretta, respectively president and general manager of Cooperative Credit Bank of Milan, which will financially support the redevelopment of the property.
It is a project born from listening to the needs of the people met by Unitalsi during its pilgrimages, with the aim of offer housing, financial support and moral support to families who have to face long periods away from home to treat their children in pediatric centers of excellence.
The restructuring affects a building of 250 square meters in total distributed on three levels, located next to the Parish Church in via Amadeo 90, on the eastern outskirts of the city. The project provides for the construction of 6 micro-lodgings, designed to accommodate up to 15 people, as well as multipurpose rooms for collective use. In order to adapt the building, a significant construction work is expected a preliminary economic investment of about 350 thousand euros. An important challenge for Unitalsi Lombarda which in this 2021 celebrates its centenary of foundation.
BCC Milano has decided from the beginning to support the opening of the first welcome home in the municipality of Milan, a choice that falls within the Bank’s broader desire to be concretely present and close to the local community and in particular to people in difficulty.
«For some years the most important social projects have been made possible by the direct contribution of our Members, comments the president Giuseppe Maino, who in thousands renounce the traditional Christmas gift offered by the Bank to donate the financial consideration to third sector companies engaged in projects of great social value. Today for BCC Milano is a great day, together with Unitalsi Lombarda we can finally start a project that will provide concrete help to many families and their children ».
Vigorous support for the new initiative also came fromarchbishop of Milan, Mario Delpini. Who, speaking in Lourdes – in September 2018, on the occasion of the diocesan pilgrimage – at the presentation of the project had defined “a dream that seems to me inspired by God” this “offer of free hospitality to those families who have to accompany their children to Milan who need care. – adding then – «That Milan is promising as far as therapies are concerned, representing an excellence that attracts, it is beautiful, however, adequate hospitality does not correspond to this. It is moving to know that there are those who have found light in suffering and prayer and it is also moving that this experience can become an element of concrete hospitality. I express my encouragement, approval, and I too want to be in the team that supports the initiative ».
The mayor of Milan also took sides in support of the initiative, believing in the usefulness of the structure. In particular, Giuseppe Sala he reiterated: «Illness is a condition that unfortunately we are all forced to deal with, directly or indirectly. However, when it strikes children, the sense of helplessness and the resulting suffering are truly unbearable. Being able to contribute to the care of all sick children who arrive from outside the city by giving families a place to stay during their little ones’ hospitalization is a duty for Milan: the affection and closeness of mothers, fathers and brothers is fundamental. for healing. I thank Unitalsi for carrying out this important project at the Ortica: welcoming and supporting families who are going through a difficult period is part of the therapy ».
«The building – he finally explains Graziella Moschino, vice president of Unitalsi Lombarda – not only is it served by the public transport network, but it stands next to a Sanctuary, and this is very important from the point of view of Unitalsi. Our volunteers will be there to welcome families, to support them, to promote a style of community. The start of the works, which will last 3-4 months and will be coordinated by the architect Sara Ugazio of the Studio Zenith Associated Architects of Busto Arsizio, is expected in early September. The house will be named after Fabrizio Frizzi, who was a great friend and testimonial of Unitalsi ».