As Mumbai continued to grow as one of the high-risk districts within the state with regards to HIV/AIDS, it became eminent to have a care centre for the affected people. Till late 1999 even though there were many NGOs and Government organisations providing services to the HIV/AIDS affected people there were no care centres to treat them with love and kindness. The PLWHA eventually became homeless as they were rejected by their families and society. It is the congregation of ‘Sisters of the Destitute’, Santhidham Province, who started Jyothis Care Centre (JCC) in Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai to take care of the people suffering with this dreadful disease. The main objective of the congregation is to provide physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual care to those who are in need, especially the destitute. The foundation stone for JCC was laid on 15th March 1998 by His Excellency Bishop Mar Thomas Elavanal and was inaugurated on 26th December 1999 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh. JCC became a ray of hope to the hopeless, rejected and destitute AIDS patients so that they may live their last days with dignity, knowing that they are children of God and are cared and loved for.
Jyothis Care Centre (JCC)
Jyothis Care Centre (JCC) at Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai was inaugurated in December 1999. JCC accommodates 40 people affected with HIV/AIDS. JCC is a residential care home providing spiritual and health care services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) in a homily and congenial environment irrespective of cast, creed or religion. It provides palliative care services for women in congenial environment at free of cost. This is the first care home in Maharashtra to meet the residential care needs of PLWHAs.
Jyothis Care Centre Extension
On regaining health, many patients went back home and many became homeless as their families refused to accept them. It is then, when the authorities decided to start a rehabilitation centre for the abandoned female patients. And thus Jyothis Rehabilitation Centre (JRC) was formed in the year 2003 at Taloja. Rev. Father Carlo Thoriani (founder of Swargadhwar) had donated the land for JRC. Fr. Thoriani is a great humanity worker for last 25 years. He works among the leprosy victims in Mumbai.