Almost 7,000 euro bill: the center founded by Father Puglisi risks closing

The Our Father Center founded in the Brancaccio district of Palermo by Don Pino Puglisi, the priest killed by the mafia on September 15, 1993, is in danger of closing because it is unable to sustain the exponential increase in bills. “If by the end of September the government does not find a solution to expensive energy, even for third sector entities – says the president of the Centro Maurizio Artale – we will find ourselves forced to close the offices and lay off the thirteen employees, with the aggravating circumstance that the Center will no longer be able to offer its services to weaker social groups ”.

Artale explains that the Padre Nostro reception center assists about 600 families “for their basic needs as well as offering many other services. People who today find some form of refreshment, albeit partial, will no longer be assisted tomorrow. On the other hand, it is certainly not new that large and small economic crises always hit the weakest and most fragile ».

The amounts of the bills delivered to the Center are exorbitant. “We too, – adds Artale – as some entrepreneurs have done, we want to publish the bills that we have received: for the month of July alone, for electricity consumption alone, they amount to 6,823.24 euros, compared to 3,640.86 previous month. In July 2021 the amount was 1,706.41 euros, there was a 400% increase. To these must be added the gas and water bills of the various service offices ».

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