Jaume Santandreu i Sureda, the 82-year old rebel ex-priest, political activist, writer, poet and director of the shelter Can Gazá, is guided by a simple principle: "What would Jesus do?" He figured out the answer a long time ago. His convictions have caused frictions with the establishment, but also led him on a mission to dignify the lives of those who are left on the outer margins of society.
He manages Gan Cazá, a rustic finca located in Secar de la Real on the outskirts of Palma. Since 2003 it has attended homeless people with debilitating conditions as a result of alcohol or drug addiction. Due to their physical and emotional deterioration - in most cases irreversible - they are no longer able to integrate into the normal working life or social circles.
At Can Gazá they have a home and a large de facto family. The family orientated approach of Can Gazá enables the residents to participate in the daily tasks of the finca and recover their self-confidence and dignity.
DIGNITY - When sitting at the table, a resident can say: this plate of warm food is not just a gift, I have worked for it.
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