Shalom Niwas Hostel of Jerusalem Mar Thoma Syrian Church, New Delhi

WORKING WOMEN'S HOSTEL

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For we are God’s workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do

(Eph.2:10)

As early as 1991 when the proposal to start a Working Women's Hostel in New Delhi was mooted by the Jerusalem Mar Thoma Sevika Sangham, it seemed indeed like an uphill task. Yet like all good ideas, it refused to blow out and two years later the Women's Fellowship of our Church took the momentous plunge in this direction. Heeding the advice of the Vicar, Rev.M.O.Oommen.Jr, it sought and found a rented accommodation in RZ-2698 A/29, Tuglakabad Extn. A long-cherished dream of the Sevika Sangham materialized as its Social Action Programme of a Working Women's Hostel commenced with three inmates in the above-mentioned address on 1 st March 1994. The Hostel was christened Shalom Nivas and intended to provide secure and subsidized accommodation to low-paid working women in the National Capital Territory.

As the number of residents grew to 17, the Shalom Nivas Hostel was shifted to 45, Godavari Apts., Alaknanda, and later to 41, Konark Apts., Pocket A-4, Kalkaji Extn., in 1995. During this period, all expenses pertaining to establishment and maintenance were met by the Sevika Sangham through monthly contributions, one time donations from members and friends, bring n' buy sales and lucky draws. However, the need for a building or premise of its own became imminent as requests for admissions and the financial burden on the Sevika Sangham grow. Recognizing that further growth and expansion of the Hostel required funds and resources beyond the reach of the Sevika Sangham, it handed over the Shalom Nivas Working Women's Hostel to the parish in 1995. Since then, the Hostel has functioned and benefited as a Church Project.

On 2nd April 1997 the Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church purchased House No. 886, Gali No. 8, in Govindpuri, New Delhi, to locate the Shalom Nivas Working Women's Hostel. The Parish spearheaded further construction and redesigning of the purchased building with the intent to accommodate 45-50 inmates. The present three-storied building with 12 rooms was dedicated by the Diocesan Bishop, Rt.Rev.Dr.Isaac Mar Philoxenos on 9 th November 1997 and the inmates were shifted to the current residence on 15 th December of the same year. Since then, many dignitaries including our late Metropolitan Most Rev.Dr.Alexander Mar Thoma, Most Rev.Dr.Philipose Mar Chrysostom Metropolitan, Rt.Rev.Dr.Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Suffragan Metropolitan, Rt.Rev.Dr.Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Rt.Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos have visited the hostel and appreciated it.

Today, the Shalom Nivas Hostel stands testimony to the tireless and remarkable efforts of the Jerusalem Mar Thoma Sevika Sangham, which has labored immensely for this Project right from its inception. It testifies to the fact that faith can move mountains. A special mention is deserving to Mr.T.J.Samuel and Late.Mrs.Mary Samuel and Dr.John V. George IPS who pioneered and guided this project from the beginning to its current status.

 

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Updated on Friday, September 10, 2010