Thanks to your generous donations, we are able to provide welfare support for some of the most vulnerable homeless people who are registered with Luther Street Medical Centre.
Thanks to all our contributors for permitting us to share their stories and experiences. All names have been changed.
Rick improves his employability
Thanks to our donors, we were able to give Rick a grant to help him complete the ECDL computer course he had started, and to buy a printer and a book about writing. He explains:
When I complete the ECDL computer course this will strengthen any and all applications I will make for employment, and so my chances of moving on and away from my present situation will be greatly improved.
With the book I hope to develop my writing skills, not only for enjoyment and pleasure, but also with the view of maybe publishing articles on travelling, to highlight homeless issues and their cause, and to generally build up my confidence.
The printer… well, I can't show people what I have done, what I can do, without it.
Steve realises an ambition
Steve is a longstanding patient at Luther Street Medical Centre. He is making good progress in tackling his addictions. He is a Taekwon-Do enthusiast and his key ambition is to become an instructor. He has been attending regular classes at a local Taekwon-Do School and decided to enter a national tournament. He was able to pay the tournament fees but didn't have all the protective equipment required to take part. Thanks to our donors, we were able to help Steve realise his ambition and continue his rehabilitation by providing him with special hand and foot pads, head shield, gum guard and groin guard. We were delighted to hear that he had a very successful tournament, taking a trophy in one competition.
Nick visits his kids
Nick, age 45, has a long history of substance misuse, primarily heroin, crack and alcohol. He has recently made significant progress in treating these dependencies and has also managed to maintain stable accommodation. Three years ago his two children were adopted. Thanks to our donors, we were able to help him travel to a town in a neighbouring county, to visit them for the first time since the adoption.
Julius' aim is to “be able to help those who need to change their life and enhance their skills in the future.” He is working as a volunteer for a local community newspaper and recently enrolled on a digital photography course. Thanks to our donors, we were able to give him a grant to buy a digital camera.