From Church Hall Floors to a Bespoke 27-Bed Hostel

Our Journey

Our History

We began in 1996:  Groups of local churches working with other faith groups came together to provide hot meals and a space to sleep for homeless people. We provided 10 homeless people a place to sleep for the night.

1996-2000: Teams of volunteers worked with us providing meals and sleeping bags. We appointed our first full-time manager. We had our first Christmas shelter providing 24/7 support in the now demolished premises, Meadow House, on Forest Road, E17. During this time we supported 250 homeless people and moved 32 people into permanent accommodation.

2000-2001: We opened a winter shelter from November to July. During the years to 2004, we helped an average of 300 people a year and in the last year moved 38 into permanent accommodation.

2004-2005: We obtained planning permission to provide a Day Centre for street homeless people and a Night Shelter for 25 people at Meadow House. We refurbished the building, which was opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was our first permanent hostel providing a 24/7 support service.

2007-2008: In partnership with Christian Action Housing Association and the London Borough of Waltham Forest we won a bid submitted to the CLG under the Places for Change Programme to redevelop the site on Forest Road. We obtained planning permission in 2008.

2009: We rented a building through the North East London Mental Health Team while the redevelopment took place. Residents moved into the temporary premises at Stonelea on Lea Bridge Road.

February 2011: We moved into our new purpose-built premises, which provide private, self-contained accommodation for 27 single homeless men and women.

Throughout our journey we have worked with great teams of staff and volunteers and networks of professionals providing support to rough sleepers and street homeless people.

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