‘Home of Hope’ drug recovery center opens in Cebu

‘Home of Hope’ drug recovery center opens in Cebu

Camillian Fr. Dan Cancino, Executive Secretary of the CBCP Commission on Health Care, speaks during the opening and blessing of the Home of Hope of St. Camillus in Cebu City, March 14, 2018. PHOTO FROM THE CAMILLIANS

CBCP News

March 21, 2018

MANILA, Philippines

A Catholic Church-based drop-in-center for people struggling with substance abuse has opened in Cebu City recently.

Home of Hope of St. Camillus will offer immediate access to people and families needing support, especially the poor.

The center augments the ongoing community-based drug rehabilitation program of the Cebu archdiocese and the Dilaab Foundation with the help of various local government agencies.

Fr. Dan Cancino of the Camillian Philippine Province who will run the center said the facility also offers services to people with HIV, sexually transmitted infections, mental illness and other health problems.

“This is a home where people can find hope and the real value of life,” Cancino, who is also the executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Health Care, told Radio Veritas.

“This Home of Hope offers health promotion, medical and surgical, psychospiritual and social services,” he said.

The center was opened with a simple ceremony led by Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Florencio last March 14.

It’s a “network of services,” the priest added, based on collaborative partnerships with government and non-government agencies.

“This also to affirm that we in the Church value life and we stand firm in the power of God’s love to transform and we will not give up on our brothers and sisters who really want to change,” Cancino said.