The original purpose was to provide temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers coming into and out of the nearby ports.
London's industrial landscape began to change, and 1969 saw the closure of the London Docks. Whilst Anchor House continued to act as a refuge for seafarers, over the years the numbers of people staying dropped and in the mid to late 1990s, Anchor House began operating as a residential centre for homeless people. Since then, the charity has been transformed into a flagship project, providing a home and support to over 250 single homeless adults each year.
In January 2014, we became Caritas Anchor House. This was part of a planned move towards becoming a community-focused centre of excellence and innovation, and whilst we remain in essence the same organisation, the addition of Caritas to our name is a reflection that, while an independent charity, we are a part of a wider national and international network of charities who share the same vision and principles.
The word Caritas means Christian love and charity, but despite being a Catholic charity, we provide services to people regardless of race, creed, religion or ethnicity.