The social employment workshop “Dobrodel” [do-gooder] offers jobs for people with mental conditions who are able and willing to work, but cannot find employment in the market because of their disability. It was established in spring 2018 as with the aim of helping people with mental disabilities overcome stigma and social exclusion, build professional and creative skills, become productive members of society through work, and provide them with a livelihood.
Each person is approached individually in order to have their needs accommodated in the best possible way. The production process is divided into a sequence of simple operations. Depending on their ability and health, each worker is assigned a simpler or more complex task. By gradually progressing from the simple to the more complex jobs, the worker will recover the lost job skills and learn an occupation of his liking. Eventually, the people with disabilities will progress to doing more regular jobs at the Convent’s workshops, or find employment in the open job market.
About 15 people with disabilities have completed the occupational rehabilitation programme to date. The workers can choose from a variety of jobs, such as painting over porcelain or wood, making simple items from wood or cardboard, or practising decorative and applied arts. The products include a wide variety of souvenirs, wooden rosaries, strong envelopes, and piece goods.
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Aspects of the religious icon restoration and conservation: stages of icon restoration, types of deterioration: internal and external causes. Differences between religious icon restoration and conservation.
If you want to see all of the beautiful things that could be made from a piece of metal and know what it means to work with inspiration, come to the metal workshop of the Convent.
Ever since its establishment in 1999, the workshop has specialized in painting icons and other works using crushed minerals and semi-precious stones instead of paint.
We invited Sister Yelena to talk about her service to God and others, her workshop and plans for spiritual and personal growth.
The main product of the textile and felting workshop are original hand-made toys.
For the brothers living at the farmstead of Saint Elisabeth Convent, work at the laser engraving workshop is an opportunity to acquire valuable skills and competencies, such as discipline, accuracy and responsibility.
The tradition to put icons in Rizas, or covers, comes from Byzantine and the Kievan Rus. Their artisans designed the processes for producing icon covers from precious metals, reserved for the most revered icons.
Artisans from the mosaic workshop of Saint Elisabeth Convent were commissioned in 2021 to decorate the Church of St. Panteleimon of Oasa Monastery in Romania. We asked Brothers Maxim and Mikhail to tell us about their work in Oasa.