‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ Luke 4 vs 18-19
Using 5 church venues and a team of volunteers the Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham nightshelter provides food, shelter and support for up to 20 men and women who would otherwise be street homeless in the borough.
Unlike the majority of nightshelters in the country we are open 12 months of the year to provide consistent support during the summer heat as well as the winter cold.
In the last year alone, we have:
- Supported 238 individuals in the nightshelter
- Worked with other agencies to assist 98 into permanent accommodation – A new home and a fresh start
- Supported 32 individuals in restoring lost relationships with family and seen them ‘return home’
- Sheltered and supported 7 pregnant women, 8 people with visual impairments, 3 people undergoing treatment for cancer and 3 wheelchair users
- Arranged for 6 people struggling from addictions to enter into a bible based residential rehabilitation programme
- Worked with the salvation army anti trafficking and modern slavery team and sheltered 3 individuals rescued from modern slavery
- 42 guests now attend church regularly after being introduced to church and faith through the nightshelter
- 4 guests were recently baptised.
Furthermore Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham supports families who are facing homelessness and have no where else to turn. Whilst children are not permitted in the nightshelter due to legislation, we have been able to keywork these individuals in accessing appropriate support and temporary accommodation and supported them in seeking help from the council and housing associations.
On average Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham currently receives 5 requests for a nightshelter space a day and a further 3 calls for advice and support.
In the months of November to March we operate at full capacity in the nightshelter and have a waiting list of people currently sleeping on the streets and waiting for a space in the shelter.