resident story

Dawn

Evergreen House
Wells
45

My story

I had a marriage breakdown and I became homeless and had slept rough. When I was first found on the streets I was outside St Cuthbert’s Church in Wells, where I’d been married years before and actually I’ve found great comfort in the Church. It was people of the church that took me to the Connect Centre.

Challenge

Moving here has lifted my spirits and I'm so grateful for everything. The support that I've had has been absolutely amazing. I'm overwhelmed with all the support and activities and the fact that I've been given this lovely home and lots of opportunities.

Future

My life has changed and I have gone from being a full time carer. I’m hoping I can give something back, I would like to do very similar work myself and I’m already starting to do that with cooking and volunteering and it’s all very very positive.

I’m hoping I can give something back, I would like to do very similar work myself and I’m already starting to do that with cooking and volunteering and it’s all very very positive.

Bret

Evergreen House
Wells
34

My story

Thank you for helping me out. I was on drugs and gambling and that's all stopped now. At the house I was helped out a lot and made me realise what I was doing to myself.

Challenge

I wanted to sort my life out, we had a few trips out and kept ourselves busy. I lacked in confidence when I first came and kept my head down and I've grown in confidence now.

Future

Looking ahead I think the futures a lot brighter now. I want to get back to work, get a girlfriend and sort my life out. I want to have a happy life now and stop making the mistakes of the past.

Mark Cartright

Lifeline Harrogate
Harrogate
32

My story

It was a literal lifeline coming to this house. I had come to the area on a college course and temporary accommodation and fell behind on my fees and nowhere to stay, needing a lifeline. I met Carl through the church network and I moved into the house.

Challenge

I got on well straight away with the other guys straight away which was a real blessing and we ended up going out to the park and cooking together. Within the house it's like a 3 strand cord that is hard to break. It's been a great position to be in to push off from, like walking on tarmac rather than sand.I've made total use of my room and to have not just a pit stop but a blast off!

Future

I've gone back to what skills I've got already and managed to get money from the job centre and starting up my own business. Having Lifeline has been such a great support. I'm really excited about when I leave here finding my own place and not just a place to scrap for rent, the business will be running as well, so it will be exciting when I move on from Lifeline.

Stuart

Fresh Horizons CNB
Harrow, North London
38

My story

I had a nervous breakdown at work before I was brought here. It was down to my best friend having a heart attack  and died at work. It was incredibly difficult to deal with.

Challenge

Thanks to the lovely ladies and lovely gentlemen at this church I've managed to find somewhere safe and to call home. I'm very very happy and very very grateful that not only do I have these lovely people here but I have Jesus in my life as well. I feel a massive sense of family here. We all get on incredibly well and we all look out for each other. I've always been a firm believer, but I wasn't sure what I believed in. Now I know I have Jesus in my life and things have started to turn around.

Future

I've grateful for all the small things in my life now. No one has forced anything on me and I'm accepting God in my life. It comes back to my belief in my heart. I'm looking forward to going back to work. I want to wake up every day being a better version of me each day.

Darryl

VINEYARD COMPASSION
Coleraine
36

My story

I had a breakdown and was struggling with mental illness, with money and my kids. I lost a lot of weight because I wasn't eating, so my kids could. I couldn't imagine not going back into hospital again 6 months ago.

Challenge

Through the compassion Centre, Im back to me again and doing well, becoming self sufficient again. I have been helped to budget my money better, taking away the stress of saving food and prioritising food for my children. It's given me the opportunity to be a father again. I have received one on one chats with people who have come alongside me. My kids are far happier and we have a good schedule now. If I didn't get this place, I would have been in a hostel and lost my children and there would have been no way back from that.

Future

I can't describe the gratitude for all that's been done for me. I'm very close to opening up my own business so I am saving for that and looking forward to proceed with my life. The only way is up!

Darryl wouldn't be able to get to where he is without the support of Sammis one of our amazing Partners at Vineyard Compassion and he oversees the Green Pastures apartments in Coleraine. It is wonderful to see the passion he has for coming alongside people and helping them in their journey towards stability and also in their faith.

They have a desire to see the project growing to help even more homeless or struggling people who need a home like this in their area.

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