Oana has had a heart for those who are vulnerable and marginalized even since a young age. At school she experienced bullying which she testifies how God ultimately used for good. Later on she attended Bible college in Hungary, and began to work at a local homeless shelter, developing her passion in this area.
“At school I can still remember hoping that someone would stand up for me. Having experienced bullying, I understand how it feels, and ever since I was young, I have had a soft spot in my heart for those who are unpopular and rejected.”
She now works as a Project Worker for our Webber Street Homeless Day Centre, seeking to help people take steps out of homelessness and provide relief from life on the streets. They regularly serve breakfast, run a Bible group, arts group and a weekly 1-1 job training drop-in. The team also seek to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of guests as they work alongside local churches. Together they host community meals helping guests connect with a church family and build lasting friendships. Through this volunteers are trained and equipped through opportunities to share the life-transforming news of Jesus.
Every day at Webber Street, Oana meets people who are struggling with homelessness, poverty, and addictions as they look for satisfaction in something other than Jesus. The average life expectancy for a rough sleeper is in the mid 40s – 15% of deaths are from suicide.
“I want to show love and respect to our guests as we interact with them; to show care through actions not just words. They are interested in our life stories, they want to feel useful, and they have a range of interests! Some want deep conversations, but mostly what they want is our simple company, a smile, and genuine care.”
Oana lives in London, loves being creative, and enjoys spending time with friends.