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Providing support on Homeless Sunday

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Providing support on Homeless Sunday

20th January 2017
Homeless Sunday occurs annually in the UK, and this year falls on Sunday 22nd January.

It offers an opportunity for churches to challenge the conditions faced by homeless people, and to celebrate the work of organisations, like Caritas Anchor House, who work tirelessly to support those without a home.

As a Catholic charity, Caritas Anchor House works on the frontline of homelessness in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. The work that we do is becoming ever more vital as homelessness increases at a worrying rate; in Newham, one in every 27 people are homeless – the second highest rate in the country.

At Caritas Anchor House, we help people to rebuild their lives again after experiencing homelessness. Our driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through our doors grow in confidence and move towards living independent lives by providing a caring environment and opportunities for education and rehabilitation. In 2016, we provided a home and support to 250 people, supported 36 into employment and 80 into independent living. In addition, 21 residents achieved a first stage move-on by making the transition to our new move-on flats.

“At Caritas Anchor House, we feel it is important to follow the example of Pope Francis, who throughout his Papacy has called on society to focus on the needs of the poorest and most marginalised” said Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House. 

“As the work of Caritas Anchor House becomes ever more vital, this Homeless Sunday we are asking churches to consider those without a home, and hold a collection to support our work. Each donation we receive, great or small, is truly appreciated.”

Homeless Sunday is jointly organised by Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action.

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