The Home has three shelters for the people brought in; one exclusively for men in Chikkagubbi village and the other two for women, children and a minimum number of men in Doddagubbi village. Though they might be living in dormitories, they have their own personal space and, speaking figuratively; do not have to step on the toes of others. In fact, for occasional minor skirmishes, all the residents are comfortably at home with each other.
Home of Hope, a hospice that helps to give a new life to the castaways on the street, is about half-hours drive from the heart of the city. Far from the madding crowd of the city, it is in Doddagubbi village on the Kanakapura Road. The Home is an active wing of New Ark Mission of India, an NGO founded by Thomas Raja, popularly known as Auto Raja. Home of Hope is not just a roof for the destitutes, but a ‘home’ in its true sense, helping them to live like a member of a loving family, as loved and lovable human beings. The Home is also where those who were abandoned on the streets to die a miserable death find a home to spend the last days of their journey on earth with physical and mental comfort.
Most of people who are brought here are at varying stages of malnutrition, totally emaciated, dying, on the brink of dying, or mentally challenged. A few may find their way here on their own but the majority are brought in by others, like the police, social workers, hospitals and even sympathetic strangers. With exception, many of them would be at a stage where, one might think only death could be their saviour.
A merciful and dignified death at that!
Every month anywhere between X and X people die at the Home (Till date, close to X, 000 people have joined their maker.) and the bodies are sent to the crematorium. One of the remarkable services rendered by the Home is that every effort is made to fulfil the last wish of the dying person.