Swansea Hope Night Shelter
The Tuesday evening Night Shelter at All Saints' opened its doors on January 8th.
We are very grateful to our team of volunteers who have signed up, completed the training and who will join the weekly rota from January to the end of March. For some of us, this will be the fifth year we will have volunteered for this challenging but rewarding work.
The Night Shelter Is part of the 'Swansea Hope' initiative and involves several Churches across the city. The idea is a simple one. Rough sleepers are encouraged to come off the streets of Swansea by council and homeless agencies. They are brought to a different Church building each night, where they are given a warm welcome, a hearty meal, a comfortable bed for the night and breakfast in the morning. Many of them open up to our volunteers and share their life stories. A number of our guests have battled with alcohol and drug addiction through the years. Others have been made homeless because they lost their jobs or had a cut in their benefits and failed to make their mortgage or rent payments. Many of them have suffered family breakdown or have had no one to turn to for help.
Since its launch, Swansea Hope has taken up to sixty rough sleepers off the streets each year. Many of them have gone on to rebuild their lives and to find permanent accommodation. It's vitally important work and is really making a difference to the problem of homelessness in the city.
Please remember our volunteers in your prayers and the volunteers at the six other shelters across the city - at Christwell [Manselton], St Stephen's [Port Tennant], Lifepoint Church [Uplands], Sketty Uniting Church, Parklands Church [Sketty] & Linden Church [West Cross].