Stockholms Stadsmission's director Marika Markovits will host The Crown Princess's visit. Photo: Björn Rasmussen/Stockholms Stadsmission.
What do you want The Crown Princess to take with her after the visit?
We really hope that The Crown Princess feels that she has had the opportunity to meet people who touch her, that she gets to experience the joy, the commitment, professionalism and the humanity that characterise our organisation. I hope that The Crown Princess comes away with a more thorough knowledge of vulnerability in the city, and feels an even stronger commitment to the work of Stadsmission, so that it facilitates the job of being our patron.
For those who haven't heard of Stockholm Stadsmission, what is the main focus of your work?
Stockholms Stadsmission's aim is to challenge and supplement society's efforts for vulnerable groups and individuals, based on a Christian outlook on people.
We run projects for all ages and meet approximately 1,000 people every day through the different kinds of work that we do. We run an upper secondary school, folk high school and vocational training centres. We have nine second hand shops, which offer opportunities for job training and work experience. We provide a 24-hour service for people who are homeless, providing for both basic needs and more long-term housing. We run an ombudsman service for people with mental disabilities and for children and young people living in vulnerable situations. We have camps for older people and families with children. Our goal is to empower the individual, enabling people to change their situation through their own effort.