As in many countries, the crisis created in Spain by
the coronavirus pandemic has made the greatest impact on people in vulnerable
situations. In a large city like Madrid, there are thousands of immigrants with
more or less regular status who have found a place in the informal economy.
Many of them are women from Latin America who work as domestic helpers, for
This is one of the groups supported by the Centro Padre Rubio, a Jesuit social ministry
that serves migrants. It operates under the aegis of the San Juan del Castillo
Foundation, named after one of the Jesuit missionaries martyred in the Paraguay
Reductions. We met with the director of the centre, Yván Lendrino, who told us
about the mission that he and his team are carrying out.
“Our mission is to serve, accompany, and advocate for
migrants, especially the most vulnerable. Together with other programmes of the
Foundation, we try to provide a comprehensive response to the needs of these
people. The welcoming and training provided by the Centro Padre Rubio are complemented by other actions, including
residential shelter and hospitality, social care, employment and legal