El Chiringhuito de Dios Shelter in Barcelona


Walter from France walks down the stairwell in the 'El Chiringuito de... News PhotoBarcelona - Spain,France,Horizontal,Human Interest,People,Social Issues,Spain,Staircase,WalkingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: Walter from France, 55, walks down the stairwell in the 'El Chiringuito de Dios' ('The Stall of God') on January 4, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Walter served the French Foreign Legion for 17 years and he is a sheet-metal worker specialized in Harley-Davidson bikes. After that, he was working in the building industry until 2006. He was 4 years seeking for job and he arrived to Barcelona from Marseille in 2010 where he has been living on the streets . Wolfgang Striebinger offered him 2 years ago a bed and meals in return for helping him serving the meals in the 'El Chiringuito de Dios' ('The Stall of God'). The German pastor Wolfgang Striebinger has lived in Barcelona since 1991, originally employed to minister to youths during the Barcelona Olympic Games, he decided to stay and since 2000 has run 'El Chinguito de Dios' (The Stall of God). In his mission to support the homeless, Wolfgang and his volunteers offer a place for up to 200 people to come and have some food daily and also offering them assistance with grooming and clothes. Many of the volunteers are homeless and help out in return for meals and a bed. Wolfgang's ethos is to provide peace, calm and dignity to all those that need it amongst Barcelona's burgeoning homeless population. Due to the economic situation his doors are now also open to the long term unemployed and families with little or no income. According to the latest figures 21.8% of the Spanish populations are living below the poverty line. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)