Homelessness appeal raises nearly £105,000
It is coming up for one year since the launch of the Diocese of London’s Homelessness Appeal on 27 November 2017. Tackling Homelessness Together has been one of the most ambitious Lent Appeals in recent times, running for 18 weeks until the end of Lent on 31 March 2018.
The rise in homelessness and rough sleeping, along with the raised awareness of media coverage, meant that this was very visible issue and in many cases a ‘local’ issue for parishes. Honing in on this, it was decided that the focus of the Appeal should be the provision of winter night shelters provided by the partner charities that were already working with many parishes throughout the Diocese. This gave a local feel to a Diocesan wide challenge.
Tackling Homelessness Together had three aims:
- To raise awareness of homelessness;
- To raise money for our partner charities; and,
- To offer an opportunity for parishes/individuals to get in touch with, or find out more about, an organisation that was already working in their local area.
The response from parishes, individuals, schools and other organisations was one of an immediate and generous response.
Nearly £105,000 has been received since Tackling Homelessness Together was launched with these donations being shared between the partner charities. The difference this support has made to our partner charities has been very much appreciated.
A hand written note from GrowTH reads:
“This money is hugely influential and helpful in a small charity such as ours. It enables us to continue running our night shelter and providing year-round resettlement support to homeless men and women.”
CARIS Islington writes:
“Receiving it (the donation) at this time of year enables us to plan more effectively for the coming season knowing that we have some money there ready when we need it.”
In Matthews Gospel (Ch 25 v 40) we read:
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Thank you, on behalf of all our partner charities, for the generosity shown to help them provide a warm and safe environment to those experiencing homelessness over the 2018/19 winter night shelter seasons.
If you have not already sent in your contribution to the Appeal, please do so as quickly as possible to help us pass on an even great gift to our partner charities. Information on how to do this can be found in Notes for Treasurers. Individual donations can be made here.
Look out for next year’s Lent Appeal which will focus on Modern Day Slavery, to be launched by Bishop Sarah, The Bishop of London.