When lockdown was announced back at the end of March, our day centre for homeless people had to dramatically change – and fast.
As a key frontline service, our Webber Street centre had permission to remain open. But we moved outside, took all the right precautions, and kept serving up to 60 people a day with a hot breakfast. We even managed to provide essential items like razors, socks and toothbrushes.
Early on, the focus for staff was linking guests up with relevant outreach teams finding emergency accommodation for homeless people. Across London, around 1,800 people were housed in hotel rooms.
GOSPEL-SHARING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
From July onwards, it was about moving those people into better long-term accommodation. For mission associate Daniel Taylor, who works three days a week at Webber Street, there’s now an opportunity to build on the support that’s been provided so far.
“Our prayer and our hope is that the practical things we’ve done during this crisis will sow seeds for the future,” he said. “We know a few guests caught the virus, and we were able to pray and share the gospel with some guests – but we are looking forward to sitting down with them properly when restrictions allow.”