No matter what your
personal views, one thing is for certain,
homelessness, anywhere in the world is wrong.
Here in Gosport and the surrounding areas there are both men and women eking out an existence on the streets.
Imagine: If it rains, you get wet, if it's cold, you get cold, if you're asked to move on - where to? There is NO HOME to move on to - this is the reality of the homeless, a reality we would like to help stamp out. Along with these very real physical aspects of being homeless are other very real and equally important issues: Where is the nearest toilet or shower? Where to keep belongings safe? How to access any type of medical or social help? And then one of the most basic of human needs - where is the next meal coming from?
Here at Jacob's Well, along with many other
charities and organisations we want to see homelessness
eradicated - everyone has the right to a home, somewhere
to not just be safe, but feel safe and at HOME.
Jacob's Well Care Centre works tirelessly both independently and along side partner organisations to help alleviate some of the devastating effects of being homeless.
We are not social workers, or counselors, and have absolutely no political agenda; we never ask if, or why someone is homeless, we simply want to help those in need get back on their feet and be able to go forward with their lives.
So, what are we doing to help the homeless in our community?
The Store Cupboard.
Our food stores are open to anyone, no matter who you
are, we don't judge, enquire or keep records of anyone
coming in. We always try to have such products as
pasties, pies and sandwiches (no home = no cooker = not
being able to cook a meal), the simple act of picking up
a fresh pasty and a piece of fruit really does make a
difference. All our produce is FREE and FRESH.
The Coat Project. 'If you need a coat take one, if you have a coat leave one'. A brilliantly simple idea brought to fruition by Lorraine, and now proving extremely successful and popular. Imagine being soaked through and having to stay that way, with the coat project anyone can pop in, try on a clean, dry coat and take it away FOR FREE! If homeless this really can make a difference.
Furniture Packs. Partner agencies are able to come to us and arrange for emergency furniture packs. For example: Someone moving into a new home but owns nothing; we get everything together that they need, beds, bedding, curtains, carpets, rugs, cups, plates, pots & pans, cutlery - you name it we can supply it - Everything that makes a house a home. Often this can make all the difference between simply having a roof over a head, and having a home to feel safe in, helping to make some of life's other hurdles seem not quite so daunting - a breathing space, a chance to move forward.
Sadly we don't have all the answers, but together with the many other agencies and organisations out there we are both independently and collectively working towards one goal - to stamp out homelessness for good.
Below you will find a list of agencies and
support groups for those who are either facing
homelessness or who are homeless. If you believe
that you are in imminent danger of becoming homeless seek
advice immediately. Do not suffer in silence, and
don't forget that you can pop into our open store cupboard anytime,
where you will find FREE FRESH
Download a copy of this information sheet for free here.
||WHAT THEY DO
||Education, employment, housing centres||www.crisis.org.uk
||Shelter can help if you are struggling with bad housing or homelessness||england.shelter.org.uk/
||Emergency housing and housing
|THE BIG ISSUE
||A hand up is what The Big
||Help - especially for the
|FRIENDS OF THE HOMELESS
||Hostel for the homeless and
||Aspect House, Westbury Rd,
|TWO SAINTS LIMITED
||Hostel for the homeless
||101 Gosport Rd, Fareham.
|Jacob's Well Care Centre
||Community projects, furniture,
food and more
||Toronto Place, Gosport.
|Citizens Advice Centre
||96 Pavillion Way, Gosport.
If you feel that we have left something
out please get in touch.
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