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Shaheena's Story

21st December 2020
Shaheena moved into Caritas Anchor House during lockdown and just four months later is settled in her new home. Wishing you all the luck in the world as you start your next chapter Shaheena.

Shaheena had spent months sleeping on sofas and a few nights on the streets. She was struggling with her mental health and didn’t have a support network she could rely on.

But things soon changed for Shaneena. In the summer, she moved into Caritas Anchor House and within four months she was picking up the keys to her new home.

“Being at Caritas Anchor House was great. The staff treat you so well, particularly my keyworker Elif. She was always in touch to make sure I was okay and doing the things I needed to".

“I’ve struggled with my mental health for a long time, but found it difficult to get help because I had no fixed address. As soon as I got to Caritas Anchor House, I was supported to access eight weeks of talking therapy and I even had two extra sessions. It’s made such a difference".

“I now practice compassion therapy and meditation to keep my head clear. I know that if things get difficult again I have these techniques to fall back on to avoid falling into a downward spiral. I even created some positivity cards for other residents, hoping it might help when they have difficult days".

“Now I’m in my own home, I’m so happy and feel really stable. The house is lovely, and so are the people I’m living with – I feel really lucky. Elif helped me to look for jobs, and I’m hoping to secure something in retail soon. I’m really proud of myself and how far I have come. One thing about me is I never give up".

“Caritas Anchor House still call me to check in, and I know I will have their support for at least the next six months while I settle into my new life. I’m in a really good place and so grateful for the support I have received.”

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