BIS #7141 25 Years of Grace at Shelter Don Bosco

By Cl. Melvin Mathew for BISMumbai

On 4 February 2024, Shelter Don Bosco organised a felicitation ceremony to celebrate the 25 years of dedicated service and unwavering commitment of five outstanding staff members at Don Bosco High School, Matunga.

Ms Grace John, known as ‘Mummy of the Streets’, has been committed to working for the poor and marginalised in the streets since 1999. Mr D. Arokiaswamy, also known as ‘Swamiji’, was a store manager and supported the youngsters who stayed at the Shelter. Mr Dattatray Gade serves as an expert in reporting and documentation which is an important part of Shelter. Mr Mathew George, called ‘Brother Mathew’, instills values and virtues in children through counselling, education, and craftsmanship. Mr Hanumanta Gawde, the Public Relations Officer, fosters good service with government organisations and key stakeholders.

During the felicitation ceremony, Fr Savio Silveira, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Bombay (INB), expressed his appreciation towards the Jubilarians for their outstanding service towards this specific ministry that was close to the heart of Don Bosco. He mentioned that their work has been widely recognized and appreciated by authorities in the suburbs of Mumbai. As a token of gratitude for their service, the Provincial honoured them with a shawl and sapling while presenting them with a plaque in appreciation of their service.

The jubilarians expressed their sincere gratitude to God and Don Bosco for the constant guidance and protection they have received throughout their lives. They also expressed their appreciation to the staff and management of the shelter, stating unanimously that their experience at Shelter has taught them valuable life skills and helped them learn how to live life to the fullest.

The event became lively and entertaining with the vibrant and captivating performances of the young people. The youngsters at Shelters Don Bosco expressed their gratitude and admiration for the jubilarians through dances, skits, and songs for the services, love, and care they have received. Moreover, the tuition students, as well as former Shelter boys, performed mesmerising dance performances on the occasion.

The felicitation ceremony honours the work and services provided by the jubilarians who have dedicated years of their lives to the divine task of shaping and influencing the lives of numerous youngsters in underprivileged and destitute conditions. Their tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of many, and their contributions were recognised during this celebration.