Fresh Horizons CNB

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
8

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
60
%
42
%
'It's been a great privilege and encouragement to work with our residents and see them make progress. They usually progress quickly with their life skills and educational courses. We would like to increase the number of residents coming to faith in Christ and many progress well, joining in on reflections and prayer.'
Rose McGowan, Coordinator

Overview

Fresh Horizons CNB offers a safe and stable living environment for those who are on the journey back to independent living. We provide supported accommodation, which includes life skills training, basic care and counselling services. This encourages individuals to achieve their goals by restoring their self-confidence and independence. Our services are offered to individuals who have been street homeless and referred to us by Night Shelters and other homeless shelter organisations throughout Greater London. We complement this work with fresh food banks and community food stores for those we house and those in need in our local communities.

Achieved to date

Accommodation: The project has accommodated 17 residents so far. Occupancy rate was 98% throughout the last year, 75% of residents remained with us for 1 year before moving on to alternative accommodation. The charity graduated to accepting residents showing progress in drug and/or alcohol related programmes. Closely working with Job Centre Plus and Harrow College resulted in 25% of resident entering work and 50% entering training courses with the college.The project as just acquired its second house. Food Banks: Attendees of the local food bank are supplied with up to two shopping bags of food. This year the food bank has distributed 4,092 shopping bags of re-purposed food. Between December 2016 and July 2017, 2,646 adults have benefited from the the food bank, 586 children have been supported with food, of which 517 have been between the ages of 0 —5yrs. Volunteers at the food bank have grown from 4 to 13 over the last 8 months, a mixture of local residents & members from local churches their help has been invaluable. The food bank is supplied with re-purposed food by The Felix Project, City Harvest, Tesco (via Fareshare Food Cloud), & Tregeser's Bakeries.

Why we do this

We believe in the dignity of every human being and that no one should be without a home. The heart of our motivation is Isaiah 58:6-7;“ Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them.

Future plans

Our plans are to grow our volunteer base and open 10 homes, offering more accommodation and support to those who are street homeless in London.

green pastures review

Fresh Horizons have been a joy to work with over the last five years. They were extremely patient with the vendor and solicitor in acquiring our first property with them and this showed a great perseverance of them to see the project . Rose and Eniola head up Fresh Horizons and provide strong leadership to the team who excel and merit in many areas. Their residents come from a great diversity of backgrounds and one of their residents recently came to the Stadium for a Green Pastures event and gave his life to Jesus! The two properties that Green Pastures rent to Fresh Horizons just happen to be four doors along from each other. This provides an extremely convenient set up whereby house meetings can happen communally between the two houses. Rose and the team are always seeking how they can further benefit the residents and develop them personally and input into their spiritual growth. Fresh Horizons has a vision to grow to ten more properties in the near future. We are excited to be part of the ongoing story.

contact

Rose McGowan

T:

0203 581 2988

A:

31A Heather Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 1SP

location

GP BEDS

8

other beds

0

partnership est.

Jun 2013

CHURCHES INVOLVED