Who are we?
To us it’s just a SHELTER but to our GUESTS it’s their HOME
Off the streets are a group of concerned residents who felt that more needed to be done to help the rough sleepers, and to give them a better chance to move along in their journey; we opened up a night shelter in Beedell Avenue, Westcliff in September 2018. Ever since then, we have worked to help our guests get housed and lead successful lives. After all, any of us could find ourselves homeless at any point. In the past year, we have been awarded the Housing Justice Kitemark at Excellence standard and become a registered charity.
I responded to a call out on social media for someone to make sandwiches for the rough sleepers which led to us to being based at one of the winter night churches . We focused on delivering hot food out to the rough sleepers that were still sleeping rough . I remember one evening going out in the snow ,we came across a guy sitting in a door way ,we went over to offer some food and a hot drink he didn't really want to talk so we said we would be back tomorrow he just looked at us to say yer right Ive heard it all before ! But we really did mean it! We went back the same time each day for 5 days , we began to build up a little bit of trust with this guy and he had even started to talk to us . I explained to him I was helping at the winter night church later that evening and told him where the church was and he was welcome to come along and stay the night in the warm .
How We Started
This is when it shows that trust means a lot as later that night when I was at the winter night church the guy on reception said there is a man asking for me at the door! It was him! I remember the feeling I felt proud that I had stuck with him and built up his trust he stayed at the church that night.
After helping at various churches it came to my last shift as the winter night churches shut in the morning . Seeing 25 plus people worried about what to do now.. I asked so what happens now ? the reply I got was that the churches don’t re open till next year . In my head I couldn't believe this and this didn't sit right with me yes the weather was warmer but these people needed more help... there was a gap and I hoped we could help . This is where our journey started . It was a challenge but for every obstacle we faced there was another hurdle that we crossed. We did it ....
We helped 21 people find jobs over 93 weeks since June 2020!
Mission Values & Statement
Helping & supporting people turn the page to the next chapter in their life
We listen to every individuals story
We believe time is one of the most priceless things our team can offer
Helping our guests find their purpose is one of many steps we help with along there journey
We respect people, value diversity, and are committed to equality
We are open, honest, and fair
We help our guests to achieve calm and stable lives
We uphold the dignity of every individual we work with and treat everyone how we would expect to be treated with respect
We believe we help inspire others to change and prevent homelessness
Everyone deserves a place to call home and to be a part of our guests journey and see them reach their goals is priceless
We treat everyone as an individual, Everyone has a story and they all have different chapters
At least 449 people died while homeless since October 2017.
69% of those who died were men and 21% were women (the gender was not established in the remaining 10% of cases).
65 died rough sleeping.
JANUARY was the worst month for deaths, With 33 people losing their lives.
258 overall died were recorded in England and Wales, with 109 of those occurring in London alone. In Scotland, 42 deaths were recorded.
Some Of The Causes Of Homelessness
• Mental health issues
• Fleeing domestic violence
• Drug and alcohol misuse
• Finance problems
• Relationship breakdown
Part of what we do is help to prevent someone becoming homeless we work with different agencies to try and put things in place and help before any individual becomes homeless