Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

History

History

We were established in 1962 by the Catholic London Inter-Diocesan Council of the Apostleship of the Sea, and provided temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers coming in and out of the nearby docks.

As London’s industrial landscape changed and the London Docks closed, the number of seafarers staying with us dropped, and so in the 1990s we began operating as a residential centre for people experiencing homelessness.

In the years since, we have changed in many ways and now support hundreds of people each year, but we will always value our Catholic foundations and links with the church.
Put simply, ‘Caritas’ means love, charity or service extended to all individuals, and this has always been reflected in our core values.

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