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Harvest 2017

Webber Street relies on donations of long life, non perishable food items to provide for the breakfasts we serve to our guests. We would be very grateful for the following Harvest gifts:

Food

  • Baked beans
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown Sauce and ketchup (no glass bottles please)
  • Cordial
  • Instant coffee
  • Salt and pepper (small shakers for tables)
  • Porridge Oats

Clothing

  • Socks
  • Underpants
  • T-shirts
  • Trainers (no suit shoes)
  • Jeans (mostly 32/34/36 waist)
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Hooded tops
  • Sweatshirts
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Casual jackets
  • Winter coats
  • Belts
  • Ladies knickers and bras

nb. We don’t need suit jackets, suit trousers or shirts.

Other items

  • Razors
  • Bars of soap
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toothbrushes (but not toothpaste, we have plenty)
  • Shaving foam
  • Rucksacks

Please call 020 7928 1677 in advance to book a time to make a delivery, as we will need to arrange to have staff here to receive donations. Evening delivery dates will be made available soon.

10 years at Webber Street

In this edition team leader David Clover reflects on the last 10 years working with Webber Street.

We take a deeper look at the variety of nationalities that visit the day centre and how best to cater to their needs.

Click on the image below to have a read or download.webber-street-autumn

 

A beautiful mind

Read how we work with the many visitors to the centre who are suffering with a mental illness.

We explore the impact of gardening with our Hope Community Homes project and give you a behind the scenes look at how we prepare our Bible studies.

Click on the image below to have a read or download.

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Read our latest newsletter

The Spring 2015 edition of our newsletter is out. Find out how we build rapport with guests, who cooks breakfast and how we’re partnering with Pret a Manger.

Catch 22

Catch 22
noun
a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

 

I work with the Romanian community at Webber Street – a group of around 20-25 men.

Having been visiting Romania for the past nine years, I have a good understanding of where these men have come from and what we send them back to if they don’t succeed here.

This provides a tension between knowing the reality of their lives in Romania and so wanting to help them to succeed in the UK, whilst knowing that their chances are not necessarily much greater here.

Catch 22

The government does not provide housing services for newly arrived Romanians so unless they secure a job and are able to sustain rent then homelessness is an inevitable lifestyle for many.

However, many do not have a good grasp of English, hampering their chances of establishing themselves here. We provide English lessons twice a week and we also advise our guests to go to colleges providing lessons in the area, which many do.

The Catch 22 is that even after securing a job, if you have no bank account it is hard or impossible to get paid.

No permanent address = no bank account; no bank account = no job; no job = no permanent address…and so the homeless cycle continues.

This can be a very daunting problem to work out and at Webber Street we are in the process of working out the best steps to take whilst loving and nurturing those in our care. Just because we don’t have the practical solutions to problems doesn’t mean we can write off a person.

A true hope

The hope I have for everyone who comes to Webber Street is that God is greater, and all things are possible with him. He sees their worth and doesn’t discard them and that is the reason for persisting in compassion and love in the face of impossibility.

Sometimes speaking the truth in love is helping them more than feeding them an idea of a dream unreachable. But the one truth we can and do provide at Webber Street is of a hope reachable and durable and that is of Jesus Christ who came to rescue them and bring them home to him.

Prayer request

Please pray for wisdom in giving advice and how to best find solutions to these problems.

Written by Serena Dalton

Hope Community Homes Spring 2014

Here at Hope Community Homes we have been blessed by the provision of three flats this spring, giving Hope Community the opportunity to house more rough sleepers. Recently we moved into our new office and social space, It will give us the opportunity to be a central hub for all the tenants, they can pop in for a cup of tea, coffee or a chat if they need one, while also giving us a place to hold our meetings with them. It will also give us the opening to build more of a community atmosphere across Hope Community Homes, allowing us to host evening events, i.e. Cell group or just coming to watch the football and film over for dinner, giving the guests an opportunity to know each other and become a community support network.

While all these are positives for us at Hope Community Home, we cannot take our eyes off the wider picture going on at the moment, the changes that are taking place with the Benefit System are of concerns for other Homeless projects. Regardless of people’s personal political opinions, we need to recognize that there will be significant group of people from the new EEA Countries, who will be homeless, with no recourse to public funds.

The full news and prayer letter can be found here