From homelessness to hopefulness
Simon Jones was a resident at The New to London Project in 1997, after being homeless for a while in a number of locations. He recently contacted us to tell us what an impact Depaul UK has had on his life.
The help and support I received was second to none (and I still remark on the M&S food to this day!). The staff and also the inspirational people that dropped in on occasions to talk to us had a profound impact on my life.
At the time a lot of what was said by staff and peers was ignored but I believe that the time and effort spent by these people was really worthwhile, as these morals were embedded there for later life.
After several years of struggling to get myself back on my feet, I am now happily married with two great sons and a good job in finance, earning good money.
I have recently taken stock of my life’s direction and would love to give up some of my time to speak to your residents about how changes can be made to improve their lives, and how if I can succeed... they certainly can.
Reaching out to people in vulnerable situations at an early stage (as Depaul UK does with their projects) is a fantastic way of improving people’s chances of making a better life for themselves, before they get in too deep with the whole homeless way of life.
“I would like to thank your project dearly from the bottom of my heart for leading me to the place I am today.”
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New to London is now our Westbourne House hostel in Bayswater.
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