From church hall floors to dignity, self-confidence and independence


Our History

Throughout our journey we worked with and have been supported by great teams of volunteers, staff, organisations and professionals providing support to rough sleepers and street homeless people.

  • 1996

    1996 - 

    Seven local churches came together to provide hot meals and spaces to sleep for homeless people. That year we provided 10 homeless people with a place to sleep each night.

  • 1996 - 2000

    1996 - 2000 - 

    Volunteers provided meals and sleeping bags. We acquired temporary premises and appointed our first manager. We supported 250 homeless people and moved 32 people into permanent accommodation.

  • 2000-2001

    2000-2001 - 

    We opened the first winter night shelter open from November to May in Waltham Forest, staffed by volunteers.

  • 2001 - 2005

    2001 - 2005 - 

    We had additional support from local organisations and were able to set up a day centre for street homeless people and rough sleepers in temporary premises.   An average of 300 people a year came through our doors.

  • 2004 - 2005

    2004 - 2005 - 

    We acquired permanent premises at Meadow House, Forest Road E17.  Meadow House had dormitory-style accommodation for 35 people on the first floor and a day centre on the ground floor.   We provided hot meals and showers for 250-300 street homeless people a year.

  • 2007 - 2008

    2007 - 2008 - 

    In partnership with Christian Action Housing Association and the London Borough of Waltham Forest we secured capital funding under the Places for Change Programme to redevelop the Meadow House site.

  • 2009 - 2011

    2009 - 2011 - 

    We rented temporary premises, ‘Stonelea’ on Lea Bridge Road, during the re-development. The building was provided by the North East London Mental Health Team.

  • February 2011

    February 2011 - 

    We moved into our purpose-built ‘Branches Hostel’.

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